There’s a new sheriff in town and she’s……. that’s right, I said SHE.
Sandra Hutchens, a retired Division Chief of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department, is our new sheriff, and some of the Good Ol’ Boys down at the GOP are claiming that it’s all the fault of the womenfolk in the county, namely the California Women’s Leadership Association, a group of south Orange County Republican women whose goal is to increase the presence of women in office.
The other candidate, Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters, was equally qualified (aside from being a man) and I thought he’d do a good job too, and expected the board to choose him. Both had excellent credentials. You will recall (or maybe you won’t) a previous set of entries regarding “America’s Sheriff”, one Mike Carona who is no longer our beloved sheriff and is almost certainly heading to prison after his case is tried. His wife and his mistress, two or three of his assistants and several other players to be named at a later date will certainly be joining him, although probably not in the same cell, when the Grand Jury has a chance to listen to the secret tapes made by Mike Carona himself, of conversations with visitors in his office.
These GOP gentlemen are disgruntled because they say that gender played a role in the selection of Hutchens, meaning that a man didn’t get the job and it must be the fault of the two women on the board of supervisors who voted for her, along with one of the men. The vote was 3 to 2, so it was the fault of those meddling women. Right.
The extremely fair-minded Orange County Register referred to Hutchens as an “affirmative action hire”. The similarly fair-minded political blog, Red County, called it “gender driven”.
Oh, waah waah, boys.
See, this is what you risked when you gave women the unrestricted right to vote back in 1920. I’m waiting to see if they now call for a repeal of the 19th amendment.