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Questionable integrity

By February 9, 2010

El Dorado County SheriffÕs Dept. (retired)

EDITOR: Upon seeing the front page of Monday, Feb. 1, Mountain Democrat showing El Dorado County sheriffÕs candidate Bob Luca making an arrest I couldnÕt help but think, how convenient, a free half page political ad. Especially when Luca works for the District AttorneyÕs Office only one or two days a month and, according to an inside source, had nothing to do with this particular investigation.

I decided to make additional inquiries and this is what I found:

Someone at the District AttorneyÕs Office had called the Mountain Democrat offering them an exclusive if they would show up at the arrest scene. When the correspondent and photographer showed up they recognized Luca as a candidate for sheriff. Given the news value of the story they completed their assignment and published both the story and photo of Luca.

I can tell you that it is not normal procedure for any law enforcement agency to make such arrangements and brings into question the motivation of the District AttorneyÕs Office and Bob Luca.

Yes, I am supporting another candidate. But, up until now, that support was based solely upon my chosen candidateÕs superior experience with the El Dorado County SheriffÕs Department. However, the above circumstances leave me with additional concerns about candidate Luca.

How about you?

Mountain Democrat

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