Part two of a five-part series.
At the Deputy District Attorneys Association’s annual board meeting in January, top prosecutor Bonnie Dumanis made a brazen request: Don’t endorse in the 2010 sheriff’s race.
Stay neutral, she urged, because our office has regular dealings with the sheriff.
Never mind that Dumanis herself has already endorsed Bill Gore for sheriff, despite her 2007 pledge to stop endorsing candidates to protect the integrity of her office.
Dumanis wants Gore to replace her closest political ally and mentor, retired Sheriff Bill Kolender. And if her deputies aren’t going to endorse Gore, she wants them to stay out of a hotly contested race that is shaping up to be a test of her political prowess and how far she will go for a candidate.
It remains to be seen what the association will do with its endorsement.