Stranger Election Control Board Quick Talk with Sherman…
posted by November 6 at 21:50 PMon
…while we wait for the second drop. There are around 45 people here. The feeling remains quiet and shruggy—like virtuous folks getting creamed.
Have you been asked the required question about what you’ll do when [actually, I said when, just to be polite] you’re elected?
Focus on how to prevent elder abuse, elder neglect, and fraud. Those are underreported and underprosecuted crimes.
Why has the prosecutor’s office been in Republican hands so long?
Well, Norm Maleng conveyed a sense of evenhandedness and steadiness and came from the regime of Chris Bailey, also a Republican, who cleaned up the office that had been very corrupt under his predecessor, who was also a Republican.
[He starts talking about how the city has changed and he represents its evolving values. Those values, he says, aren’t new, not per se, but they haven’t been represented in a contested election in awhile. He begins to swerve towards his campaign jargon about “equal justice under the law.” I interrupt him.]
Who’s gotten unequal justice?
Well, there have been some cases—like detective Dan Ring, who was accused of stealing from the elderly and stalking his ex-wife, and my opponent endorsed the dismissal of criminal charges and even allowed him to extend his retirement by a year—so he not only walked away, he walked away carrying his golden parachute.
What’s the first thing you opponent would do if he were elected?
I look forward to not having to know that.