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Smelly

Reading this morning's LA Times, I flashed back to Sheriff Mike Carona's emphatic response on a recording that surfaced shortly before the election. Our R. Scott Moxley described the circumstances leading to that response in one of his many Carona-related exclusives:

Evidence obtained by the Weekly places Carona inside a moving vehicle while, well, affectionately engaged with a then-low ranking sheriff's department employee. The pair kissed, giggled, moaned, groaned, cleaned up and offered expressions of love. After the 45-minute romp, the female said to Carona, "Do I still smell like you?"

The sheriff said, "A lot! A lot! A lot! A lot! A lot! A lot!"

Now, fresh from squeaking out an election victory in Tuesday's primary, Carona is back to questionable behavior that brings up the question of how things smell. First, there was the exiling of Lt. William Hunt, who ran against in him in this week's election, to the Siberia of administrative leave– a distinctly unsubtle and odiferous move, but one that had to be done, according to Carona's attorney. The attorney issued a statement, the Times reports, that

...he had recommended several months ago that Hunt be investigated for "public statements, actions and accusations that went beyond those which are protected by the 1st Amendment and could subject him to adverse employment action."

The attorney, Martin J. Mayer, said Thursday that Carona needed to evaluate whether any of Hunt's actions adversely affected his ability to continue serving as a member of the sheriff's command staff — and to give everyone involved "some breathing room."

Does this mean Hunt is being investigated for talking mean about Carona during a political campaign? Who knew the sheriff was such a delicate (if rank) flower?

The air in that "breathing room" has grown a little more fetid since Hunt was shown the door. The Times reports that now Carona has demoted two deputies: "A lieutenant who supported Lt. William Hunt in the campaign was demoted to sergeant, and a sergeant who backed Hunt was reassigned as an investigator." A former Hunt campaign advisor called the demotions "thuggery", Carona "couldn't be reached Thursday for comment".

Of course, I doubt any comment the (big) sheriff could make would answer the question of if his latest moves reek of revenge better than the response he gave on that recording.

Comments (8)

  1. brian says:

    As a former OC resident I'm not surprised by Carona's re-election
    Republican, Lincoln Club--case closed
    OC you get the government you deserve

  2. Commander McBragg says:

    As was pointed out by a post on the OC Blog. DC re-elected Marion Barry after getting caught with crack cocaine.

    And people are surprised Carona got the nod from an apathetic electorate?

  3. WillowLu says:

    That same Times article mentions that our Champion of Justice, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas did that same slapdown-political-opponents thing awhile back:

    ...

    It was déjà vu for Wally Wade, who ran and lost twice against his former boss, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas.

    After the first defeat, Wade was placed on administrative leave, as was Brent Romney, who also ran against Rackauckas.

    They both eventually went back to work; Romney later retired. Wade was sent to prosecute auto-insurance fraud, considered a lesser assignment than the high-profile criminal cases he had been handling.

  4. Comandante Agi says:

    Republican family values never cease to amaze

  5. Debby Bodkin says:

    We can only hope that the OC Board of Supervisors closely supervise the $100,000 plus OC tax dollars that are being used for Martin Mayer's legal fees. Afterall, the $100,000 has already been budgeted for spending... no sweat off any attorneys who pass on advice to place employees on administrative leave, within hours after an election.

    Why does the Sheriff need to hire independent counsel anyway for this type of legal advice? He and the OCDA share the same legal and political advisor, maybe he should just ask him and save the taxpayers' $100,000.

  6. The Blotter»Blog Archive » Challenging Carona says:

    [...] The first legal challenge to Sheriff Mike Carona's somewhat suspect personnel decisions has begun. As the Los Angeles Times reports: A retired lieutenant who supported the runner-up to Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona in the June 6 election said he has filed a legal claim against the county, alleging that his dismissal as a sheriff's academy instructor was politically motivated. [...]

  7. Orange County Weekly - The Blotter » Busting Hunt says:

    [...] It's been more than four months since Lt. Bill Hunt of the OC Sheriff's Department was suspended from duty. Hunt wasn't suspended for hanging out with known mob associates (that was Sheriff Carona smiling for photos with guys who could pass for characters in a Martin Scorsese film), or caught on tape canoodling with a low-ranking sheriff's department employee (again, that was Carona). No, Hunt's suspension came on the heels of his unsuccessful run for sheriff during the last election. And while the suspension smelled more than a little like revenge for Hunt's attempt to unseat the Carona, the sheriff's office, of course, denied there was any element of retribution involved in Hunt's suspension. Now the sheriff's office is denying that there is any element of retribution in the Notice of Proposed Discipline that was issued to Hunt yesterday. [...]

  8. Nick "G" says:

    Why should you be at all suprised. The Orange County Sheriff Department is the laughing stock of the law enforcement world. Prior to the election, all of Carona's upper personnel were investigated/or indicted for wrong doing. Carona in all his 4th grade educated wisdom, states he knew nothing. Come on, how incompetent can a person be. "Birds of the same feather, flock together".

    The reality is, the Los Angeles County Sheriff commnader should of won. He was truly the only guy with any real experience. Carona was nothing more than a Marshall. He's a joke. And again the OC Sheriff department will be considered a joke and the personnel who work their will be considerd a joke.

    Nice job Carona!!!!!!

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