Part one of a five-part series.
Sheriff Bill Kolender walked into Thornton Hospital in La Jolla two years ago to visit District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ dying father. In one of the sheriff’s signature moves, he removed his silver-star lapel pin, leaned over Abe Dumanis and attached it to the beaming 82-year-old’s hospital gown.
“Don’t worry,” the sheriff told him. “I’m going to take care of your daughter.”
And he has. No matter that years ago Kolender endorsed Dumanis’ opponent, incumbent Paul Pfingst, in the 2002 election.