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Sunday, March 23, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The barbs are still flying inside the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association (SBCPAA), this weekend.

The union, which represents Deputy District Attorneys, Deputy Public Defenders and Child Support Attorneys, has itself in the midst of an internal squabble, due to the apparently unpopular actions of its executive board and president, John Thomas.

Thomas went after Deputy District Attorney Grover Merritt, one of his own members and predecessor, last week. Thomas, on behalf of the union, filed a lawsuit in San Bernardino County Superior Court, in an attempt to have portions of Merritt’s ballot statement deleted.

Merritt is challenging his boss, incumbent Mike Ramos, in June.

The heated-contest has already turned ugly.

So far, Ramos has questioned Merritt’s integrity regarding donors.

I know, Ramos questioning another persons integrity is rather interesting, to say the least.

Nevertheless, we also have claims, by Ramos, that he never discussed anything, with Thomas, about the union filing the aforementioned lawsuit against Merritt, over his depiction of his prior union service in his ballot statement.

Translated, it means they probably did talk about it.

Note: Thomas is a big Ramos backer.

Then comes Thomas saying he would have done the same thing to Ramos, if it had been him.

Now that statement is even funnier. It’s really getting hard for these two to stay on the same page!

Anyways, Thomas’ membership, which by all accounts is growing increasingly supportive of Merritt, doesn’t appear to be letting the situation go. The current mission appears to be that of embarrassing Thomas, and their union.

Here’s latest bomb, from inside the group, involving the union’s financial reporting woes.

SBCPAA - Suspended Email

It now appears the union had know idea its corporation status had been suspended, or that they had not filed some four years of tax returns.

Sources say the entire mess occurred under Thomas’ leadership.