Wednesday, May 30, 2012 – 12:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 – 04:15 p.m.
Yes, it’s election season indeed!
This time the stupid award goes to Third District Supervisor Candidate and Former San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos.
At about 11: 35 a.m. this morning, Ramos was caught red-handed by a Sheriff’s Deputy pulling down a 4′ x 8′ foot campaign sign of 8th Congressional Candidate Ryan McEachron (R-Victorville).
The sign in question, located at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Fifth Street in the city of Highland, was placed adjacent to a Ramos campaign sign.
The Deputy ordered Ramos to discontinue his actions.
It’s not known if Ramos was cited with the misdemeanor offense.
Ramos on sign patrol
People are wondering if it’s Ramos, a lifelong democrat, who’s pulling down campaign signs of his opponent Neil Derry.
Derry is also a republican.
UPDATE: The Sheriff’s Department is reporting the Deputy involved in this incident observed Ramos trying to put “his” sign back up and stopped to help him. If true the Deputy would be in violation of county and department policy for engaging in political activity while being paid.
What’s interesting here is both Ramos signs and those of Ryan McEachron and Paul Cook on the north and south side of the intersection were up yesterday evening.
Now one has to ask just how far the sheriff’s department is going in supporting Ramos?
The commanders of both the Sheriff’s Highland and Central stations have each publicly endorsed Ramos using their official titles.
The problem here is no one ever thought this exchange would be witnessed.