County Supervisor Neil Derry left. Tribal Member James Ramos right.

Thursday, April 26, 2012 – 09:00 a.m.

The former leader of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has dropped his clean campaign pledge in his quest to unseat San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry.

Candidate James Ramos is telling mountain constituents he’s ended his desire to run a clean issue-oriented campaign and instead has went negative against Derry.

Ramos says since Derry hit him first, he will respond in kind.

Derry slammed Ramos in a campaign mailer to permanent absentee voters last week on the fact Ramos has taken more than $592,000 from tribal gaming interests to fund his campaign.

Ramos returned the favor a few days later by attacking Derry for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor campaign finance reporting violation.

District voters should expect to be on the receiving end of several entertaining mailers from both campaigns in the coming days.

Ramos’ he started it first excuse is funny though.

No ice cream after dinner kids.