From left to right. San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, State Senator Bob Dutton, Congressman Jerry Lewis, State Senator Bill Emmerson, and Assemblyman Paul Cook.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 – 10:45 a.m.

When there’s money or revenge in it, there’s five Inland Empire republicans that’ll be there with a knife in their hand or their hand out.

If it involves trying to torch another republican over a democrat so be it.

Just show them the money.

Whether it’s for revenge, or sucking up for cash, this little clan has shown their true colors.

Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford (R-Fontana), State Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga), Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands), State Senator Bill Emmerson (R-Hemet) and State Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) have endorsed San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Member James Ramos, a lifelong democrat, over Third District Supervisor Neil Derry (R-Redlands).

A democrat who opposes pension reform, is heavily backed by unions, and supports Proposition 30, a measure to raise taxes on Californians that he himself won’t have to pay.

While the motives of these politicos somewhat vary, it’s still a disgrace.

To top it off, Dutton and Cook are currently vying for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Does anyone believe the republican leadership in the House wants these two clowns there?

Not a chance.

Sources tell that Washington D.C. republicans look at the Inland Empire as a cocktail party joke.

Well considering the track record of washed-up Lewis can anyone blame them?

Recently released documents show Lewis, who was the target of a long-running federal investigation, narrowly escaped a federal indictment for Honest Services Fraud over earmarking a couple years ago.

House republicans essentially showed Lewis the door, when they denied him another round as chair of Appropriations.

He will retire this year.

It’s widely-known Lewis has disliked Derry ever since he defeated his pal Former Supervisor Dennis Hansberger.

Now we have Dutton, the brainiac of this bunch.

Dutton supported Ramos in the primary, all while the San Manuels were funding his opponent Mayor Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands).

His excuse is his wife is Ramos’ cousin. However sources say he would have endorsed Derry, but was pissed-off when Derry endorsed Dutton opponent Congressman Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar) in CD 31.

Cook’s motivation is the cash. He was a June primary election beneficiary of $75,000 in independent expenditures courtesy of the San Manuels.

He now faces Tea Party Republican Greg Imus in CD 8.

Rutherford, who’s known for not being too bright, recently supported a measure to cap campaign contributions at $3,900 per election cycle. Now she’s holding a $5,000 level fundraising event, and is of course seeking dough from the San Manuel’s.

Her shelf-life on the board is the remaining two years of her term.

Emmerson, who has received support from the Tribe, is just in it for the cash. Emmerson answers to District Attorney Mike Ramos, a Ramos backer, who has him by the throat.

While this unsavory type of politics creates obstacles for Derry, recent credible polling, by a well-respected firm, shows Ramos well below 50%, with one-third of his support soft.

This contest, now that it’s head-to-head, will be interesting to say the least.

Republicans supporting a democratic candidate who portrays himself as a successful small businessman, even though he can’t even run a coffee shop, let alone a county.

I have a feeling that many of Ramos’s false statements to voters in June are about to come back and haunt him.