Monday, March 26, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

There’s a big question starting to circle the local newsrooms these days.

That question being. Where’s San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos?

He won’t return their phone calls.

Never.

Ramos, who’s being 100% represented by a paid political mouthpiece, won’t speak directly to newspaper reporters about his casino-funded campaign to unseat San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry.

At this point, Andre Levesque might as well be running against Derry.

Levesque, a consultant at Gilliard Blanning & Associates, is the only name speaking for Ramos.

And I mean only!

Gilliard Blanning is the Sacramento-based political consultancy making big money running Ramos’ campaign.

Based upon reports out of Ramos’ meet and greet events, and his appearances at fundraisers, one shouldn’t expect to hear much from the candidate.

Especially if the answer involves more than a two sentence response.

InlandPolitics is still attempting to figure out what Ramos means about wanting to improve education, if elected supervisor.

The only thing one can conclude is Ramos may be confused about what a county supervisor actually does.

Or, maybe, he mistakenly believes he’s running for Gary Thomas’ job.

Thomas is the County Superintendent of Schools.

Anyways, if Ramos believes he is somehow going to run and win a campaign, while hiding in the shadows, he’s sadly mistaken.

The question here is effectiveness.

If Ramos is too insecure to discuss issues, while thinking on his feet, then what is he doing running for such a high-profile office?

The term ’empty suit’ comes to mind.