Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – 09:30 a.m.
It sure looks as if San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Member and San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors candidate James Ramos’ campaign is pulling out all the stops in the final days running up to the June 5 primary.
Ramos is seeking to unseat Supervisor Neil Derry in the three-way contest.
Defense Department employee Jim Bagley is the third candidate.
Polls, in both Derry and Ramos camps, indicate Ramos may be in for some level of embarrassment in two weeks.
What level remains to be seen.
But weak support for Ramos in the low thirty-percent area won’t cut it in any way.
One thing is for sure. Ramos will be the first candidate, since bill former Assessor Bill Postmus, to spend upwards of $1 million in a primary contest, place second, and possibly face a runoff at best.
Postmus was successful in his bid.
But Ramos has many demographic factors working against him.
The largest of which is partisan party registration.
Ramos has been frantically trying to appeal to republican voters to throw Derry out.
A move that’s not working.
First. Republican registration dwarfs democrat by large 13% in the Third District.
Second. Ramos’ preferential tax treatment, because of his soverign tribal status, pisses people off.
Third. Ramos has no clue as to what a county supervisor does.
The latest sign of desperation in Ramos land?
Ramos had a information tent at Cal State – San Bernardino on Tuesday.
Not that there are really any votes to garner at the college campus. But I guess it makes for a good waste of time.
The message from the likely-paid Ramos representatives?
Neil Derry is a convicted felon!
Yep! That was the big message being conveyed to class go-er’s.
Desperate times do require desperate measures.