Friday, August 12, 2011 – 09:30 a.m.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos, a democrat, trumps his endorsement of U.S. Representative Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands).


Yes, it’s certainly a game changer in Ramos’ bid for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

Not really!

Lewis, aka Mr. Ethics in Washington D.C. circles, has been upset ever since the day after his pal Dennis Hansberger was ousted by current Supervisor Neil Derry.

In 2008, Lewis, along with District Attorney Mike Ramos and then Sheriff Gary Penrod endorsed Hansberger for reelection to a sixth term on the county board.

It was direct mail and radio spots galore from the trio in an effort to help Hansberger.

The endorsements landed with a loud thud.

Hansberger lost in all but three cities within his district.

However, Lewis’ displeasure has been evident.

Since June 2008 all that comes out of his mouth is Derry’s corrupt, Derry’s this, Derry’s that. He almost sounds like the Godfather putting out a hit.

Yes, a brief glimpse into how what is referred to as the Redlands “Old Guard” actually rationalizes.

It’s all kind of comical coming from a career politician who spent much of his career helping the congress spend the country into oblivion and years fending off a federal probe into his own conduct.

Yes, Lewis, the “former” Chair of the House Appropriations Committee was spending money like a drunken sailor.

Opps! Did I say drunk?

You can’t make this stuff up.