I have to say today was interesting. Sheriff Smith, I would get your $17,000 back from your “political consultant” as soon as possible. I spent some time in the political arena in my past, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so ridiculously unbelievable as calling out Marc Klaas as little more than a misinformed political tool in regards to a search for a missing girl that has gone on for more than 3 years… that was the BOMB! Thank you.
That said, the reality is, you did not defend your investigation and search, you instead called people misinformed and accused them of misguiding a very intelligent capable man who has been involved in searching for missing children since he lost his daughter in 1993 as well as a woman, Harriet Salarno, who created and represents Crime Victims United of California who was so outraged by your attack that her organization sold their endorsement she felt she needed to come and stand with your deputies to personally to endorse Kevin Jensen. Why did you not choose to defend your actions and decisions? Why did you just not say there was a difference of opinion on how things were conducted and you disagreed with Mr. Klaas? Why would you haul out a political hack tactic like calling Marc Klaas and Harriet Salarno, two very experienced professionals, misinformed? Why would you imply that Marc Klaas, who was personally involved with the search for Sierra, was anything less than absolutely aware of the way he and his volunteers were treated? I’m sorry, question asked; I know I repeat myself, I know. But it just amazes me that anyone would actually do that, and do it on a news station no less!
I guess you could say I’m impressed with the lack of thought and effort that $17,000 will pay for these days in the Silicon Valley political circles. Attacks on the deputies, attacks on Marc Klaas and Harriet Salarno, endless and meaningless FPPC complaints. If that’s all you have in your bag of tricks, retire. The list of failures of leadership on your watch over the past few years alone seems endless and we have every intention of letting people know each and every one. We don’t have to attack you, call you names… we will call you incompetent and we will continue to back that up like we did today.
I want to thank Marc Class, Sierra Lamar organization and Harriet Salarno for their efforts on Friday. You are all very busy people with precious cargo in tow relying on what you do. Taking time out to stand with the CPOA and the DSA to help people understand the depth of dysfunction at the upper levels of the Sheriff’s Office is important, not just to the victims, but everyone in the county, whether they realize it or not.
It was refreshing to see that many people standing together, united in this effort. Even watching people come out on their off-duty lunch out to support the cause.
The sheriff’s response… or rather her political consultant’s response… including the misspelling of Sierra Lamar’s name, was indicative of virtually everything that is done by the sheriff and her confidantes these days, careless, with little thought or regard for the results.
It’s time for change. Vote for Kevin Jensen for Sheriff on June 3, 2014.