Monday, June 4, 2012 – 09:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 4, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.

One’s gotta hand it to Former San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman and San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Candidate James Ramos.

Ramos pounded on incumbent Neil Derry all last week and into the weekend.

Everything in the arsenal was deployed.  Yes, AM-FM Radio, Ham Radio, Smoke Signals, Death Rays from Mars, Television and negative hit pieces in the mailboxes!

No stone was left unturned.

And now Ramos, a lifelong democrat, is pretty much begging republicans to vote for him over republican Derry!

The questionable use of pandering relics Former Board of Equalization member Bill Leonard, State Senator Bill Emmerson and outgoing Congressman Jerry Lewis, in an attempt to persuade GOP voters to go with Ramos, is laughable at best.

The “Vote for Ramos because we say so” ploy always works.

Kind of look at it like a secret Jedi mind trick.

Wrong! Just ask former Supervisor Dennis Hansberger, who Derry defeated four years ago.

Just like Ramos now, Hansberger rolled out the Dead Sea scroll of endorsements saying vote for him.

The result?

Voters threw Hansberger out on his can.  And he is a republican.

Two of the three Ramos endorsers, Leonard and Lewis, probably want a lobbying gig with the tribe or some other payday.

Now Emmerson, on the other hand, just wants more campaign dough from Ramos and the Tribe.

But it’s doubtful most Third District voters even know who Emmerson and Leonard are.

Ramos spent $350,000 to buy is college board seat.

Ramos has also been telling groups that his campaign is closing in on a majority vote.

Now we’re all going to find out tomorrow night if the $1.2 million spent by Ramos can purchase a board of supervisors seat.

Sources tell that Ramos was going to send out mailers using an endorsement from Guy Smiley of the Muppets, but decided against it.

It’ll be interesting to see whether or not a Ramos for Supervisor blimp will be circling the East Valley on Tuesday.