Wednesday, March 21, 2012 – 08:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 – 09:55 a.m.

The ballot statement of San Manuel band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos leaves many questions and opens the door for political exploitation.

Ramos is challenging San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry in the June primary election.

Here’s the text of Ramos’ ballot statement:

I’m a Small Business Owner and San Bernardino College Trustee with an MBA degree from the University of Redlands.  As your Supervisor, I’ll use my background and experience to: Bring good jobs to our area and grow local businesses; Drive crime and gangs out of our schools and neighborhoods; Protect taxpayers through sound oversight of the county budget.

District Attorney Mike Ramos, the Redlands Police Officers Association and the Police Chiefs of Highland, Yucaipa and San Bernardino City Schools all endorse me because they know I am tough on Gangs and Crime.

CDF Firefighters, and Redlands Professional Fire Fighters stand behind me because I’m a leader on public safety.

My proven record of integrity and of bringing people together to solve problems has earned me the support of over 100 local officials; leaders from both political partes and from business, labor, education and law enforcement.

Together, we must get San Bernardino County back on the right track.

I’d be honored to receive your vote. Please visit my website, RamosforSupervisor.com to learn more.”

Now let’s apply the reality check program to the above and revise.

“This election is our opportunity to allow me to impose my will on county government and focus my efforts on my personal interests and those of my people.

I’m a millionaire, a Small Failed Business Owner, San Bernardino College Trustee and Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians with an MBA degree from the University of Redlands.  As your Supervisor, I’ll use my background and experience to: Bring good jobs to our area and grow local businesses; Drive crime and gangs out of my reservation and into our schools and neighborhoods; Protect myself from paying as much state and local taxes as possible.

(MBA means Master in Business Administration, in case you didn’t know.)

District Attorney Mike Ramos, the Redlands Police Officers Association and the Police Chiefs of Highland, Yucaipa and San Bernardino City Schools all endorse me because they know I am tough on Gangs and Crime. Except when it involves my brethren.

And because my Tribe donates lots of money.

CDF Firefighters, and Redlands Professional Fire Fighters stand behind me because I’m a leader on public safety.

And because my Tribe donates lots of money.

(CDF stands for California Department of Forestry, in case you didn’t know.)

My proven record of integrity and of bringing people together to solve problems has earned me the support of over 100 local officials; leaders from both political partes and from business, labor, education and law enforcement.

Why? Because my Tribe donates lots of money.

Together, we must get San Bernardino County back on the right track.

I’d be honored to receive your vote. Please visit my website, RamosforSupervisor.com to learn more.”

 

The big question here?

Why is Ramos running away from his Native American heritage and ties?