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Of course, when you consider that Mayors John Harabedian and Nancy Walsh, along with Mountain Views News publisher H. Susan Henderson (link) and Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce President Ed Chen, are all also on record as being adamantly opposed to ever replacing the Sierra Madre Police Department with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, you do have to wonder why they ever got involved in this particular race in the first place.
However, we are talking politics, and sometimes you just can't tell where people are coming from when that sort of thing comes into play. Especially when you consider that Paul Tanaka remains under investigation by the FBI and other rather heavy law enforcement entities for all sorts of bizarre malfeasances, committed while serving as LASD Undersheriff under the equally controversial Lee Baca. A fairly complete compendium of Tanaka's legal and ethical difficulties can be found here.
But that hardly stopped our guys. If you go to the Paul Tanaka for Sheriff website (which is still proudly up and running), you can find the endorsements of our current and former Mayors. Here is John Harabedian's strong statement of support. Note the non-traditional spelling of the word "Couny" (link).
You can still find then-Mayor Nancy Walsh's effusive praise of the controversial former LASD Undersheriff on Tanaka's still defiant campaign page as well (link).
So how did Paul Tanaka's campaign to become elected the Sheriff of Los Angeles County do here in the famous Foothill Village on Tuesday? Here are the near final results from Sierra Madre.
In case you've misplaced your reading glasses, that would be Jim McDonnell 1879 votes, and Paul Tanaka 475. Or, if you prefer the percentages, 80% for Big Jim, 20% for Little Paul.
As bad as these Sierra Madre numbers are for the Tanaka campaign, especially when you consider the kinds of political firepower brought to bear on his behalf here, they are even worse than the overall percentages County-wide. Here are the near final numbers courtesy of the fine folks who take care of this kind of stuff for LA County (link).
Not a good night for Sierra Madre's esteemed community leadership. And given the record in office of the individual they endorsed for this important job, you really do have to wonder about what happened to their judgement.