Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 06:30 p.m.
The value of political endorsements is somewhat limited to say the least.
But another fake endorsement fiasco is building for appointed San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.
McMahon, who is asking voters to elect him to a four-year term, seems to have a problem with making misrepresentations.
A few months ago, McMahon was caught using the names of hundreds of private citizens on his campaign website. In other words, people who never endored him. Some had never even heard of him.
This time the situation isn’t about his website, but his political mailers.
Listed on McMahon’s campaign mailers sent to registered voters is an endorsement by Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff.
There’s only one problem here. Sniff says he never endorsed McMahon.
Interestingly, Sniff doesn’t appear on McMahon’s campaign website.
What’s so hard about obtaining a signature authorizing the use of an endorsement. We wonder how many other endorsements are phony?
It’ll be interesting to see if McMahon’s handlers can keep this out of local papers until after Tuesday’s primary election.
Of course it will be claimed to have occurred as a result of an innocent oversight by some unknowing campaign staffer. (Like O.C.-based Political Consultant Dave Ellis)
It should be noted that Sniff recently pulled his official endorsement of Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach. The move came on the heels of the Indio Police Department making a charging referral against Zellerbach for alleged misuse of public funds for political purposes.