IE Business Daily
March 22, 2014

Political Whispers

For a second week in a row, the headlines in the race for San Bernardino County District Attorney have been focused on non-issue matters.

District Attorney Mike Ramos’ campaign appears fixated on campaign donors and ballot statement technicalities of opponent, Deputy District Attorney Grover Merritt.

Last week, we took a look at the grandstanding and intimidation tactics of Ramos consultant David Ellis as he whined loudly about Merritt donors. This week, it was the San Bernardino County Public Attorney’s Association, of which Merritt was once president, stomping its feet over Merritt’s ballot statement. Merritt, in his accomplishments, listed his Presidency of the Union and the current President complained that it didn’t specifically say “past” president.

So, the first two active weeks of the campaign, the newspapers focused on side shows.

No mention yet of San Bernardino County’s increased crime rate? No discussion of the County’s rating as the worst gang crime region in California? These and a number of other truly important matters that actually affect the quality of life in San Bernardino County aren’t yet up for discussion. And that is just how the Ramos campaign wants it.

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