Thursday, September 29, 2011 – 10:30 a.m.

State Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) has thrown his hat into the ring for San Bernardino County Supervisor.

Cook joins incumbent supervisor Neil Derry and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos to make a current field of three.

Ramos has grown increasingly quiet over the past few weeks and rumors have surfaced that he’s being pushed to run for Congress.

However, the partisan breakdown of the local congressional districts aren’t as favorable for him being a registered democrat.

In Cook’s press release he touts his passage of legislation requested by San Bernardino County supervisors, former supervisor Paul Biane in particular, to allow for the creation of a second grand jury panel to handle all of the corruption bogging down the single grand jury system.

Cook also says it’s time San Bernardino County had a clean break from corruption.

That’s it!

Obviously a jab at Derry who earlier this year pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor campaign finance violation.

What Cook didn’t bother saying is that his touted grand jury legislation was never implemented and has been deemed costly and burdensome by many, including judges and prosecutors.

Other than the aforementioned bill, Cook has accomplished very little in his nearly five years in Sacramento and is now looking for a new paycheck.

Expect strong backing for Cook from Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford.

Rutherford, who has become nothing more than a press queen with a series of non-sensical press gathering proposals, can’t stand Derry.

But, in actuality, Rutherford has been pretty successful in garnering positive press, while accomplishing very little in her first year in office.

A mark of a well-trained politician.

Back to Cook.

He has roughly $35,000 in his Assembly committee, enough for the filing fee and ballot statement, and has struggled to garner support from his local community due to Derry’s hard working and high visibility. Ramos and Derry have cornered several endorsements leaving Cook to collect the scraps.

What’s troubling for Cook is the chorus of people not wanting him to run against Derry.

Sources tell InlandPolitics that Cook has been privately frustrated over the issue.

Also, the recent events at San Bernardino International Airport involving the FBI, will likely play heavily into weakened political activity in the East Valley as certain players likely to be questioned run for cover.

One point Cook can’t run from? His crediting of former County Supervisor and Assessor Bill Postmus for his election to the Assembly in 2006.