I recieved my first glossy mailer of the end run on our political season today. It came from James Ramos, who we all know by now is running for 3rd District County Supervisor. I attended a meet & greet earlier this year, before the primaries, and had the opportunity to meet Mr. Ramos. He was an attentive listener to all who had questions. He spoke about his support for law enforcement, education and restoring faith in our local government. When called to task to make firm comitment to a variety of issues during the public comment period, he deferred to “what the people want” and gave vague reference to “ I will be a champion of your issues.” Attempting to be all things to all people does not instill in me a strong conviction or a moral compass as guidance in his decision making process. To blow with the populist wind is most disconcerting, but this leads me to a more grave observation. Is James Ramos a closet democrat? After the meet & greet I was contacted by a Ramos staffer, she asked what I thought of the candidate, I expressed my concern that he wouldn’t take a firm stand on any of the issues presented to him during the Q & A, and then” I asked what is his party affiliation?” She said she didn’t know, and that it really didn’t matter, that it was “more about the man than the party.” On that I can agree, to be a loyalist to a party does not guarantee proper representation. That aside, back to the glossy flier, “ATTENTION REPUBLICANS! Find out why Republican Leaders are supporting James Ramos for Supervisor.” Glancing through the flier we see plenty of republican icons, endorsements from current, former and soon to be former representatives, slogans and agitprop, ad nauseum. Going to his web site you’ll find much the same, including a list of endorsements that include a who’s who of local republican mouth-pieces, charlotans and ne’er-do-wells. Also included in the list of endorsees are all of the typical public employee cadres, who traditionaly sponsor the
C ollectivcraticDemocratic Party. So, I am inclined to ask again, Is James Ramos a closet democrat? Is this a ‘stealth’ campaign? Is he ashamed to carry his parties mantle?Do slogans matter more than the man? How much does a ‘bill’board cost? Didn’t Tony Sopprano own a restaurant too?
We the People, deserve to know.