State Senator Bob Dutton left. Former San Manuel Tribal Chairman James Ramos right.

Saturday, May 5, 2012 – 10:15 a.m.

State Senator Bob Dutton’s support of Former San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos was front and center Thursday night.

Dutton attended a Redlands Tea Party Patriots event held at Mill Creek Cattle Company Restaurant in Mentone.

Ramos is trying to unseat San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry, who is a staunch republican.

However Dutton, who publicly conceded his endorsement of Ramos, a life-long democrat, conjured up a new spin.

Rather than saying he endorsed Ramos because Derry endorsed his opponent, Congressman Gary Miller. Dutton says his wife, Andrea, is Ramos’ cousin.

It didn’t work with the rather large audience in attendance.

Dutton is being heavily outspent by Miller and should never have entered the contest.

Miller will likely face-off against Mayor Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) in November.

It’s interesting that party disloyalty is an issue ths year.