Carona busted by his own words!

It is hard to believe that former O.C. Sheriff Mike Carona is going to be able to run away form his own words. The L.A. Times published partial transcripts of his secretly recorded conversations with his former Assistant Sheriff, Don Haidl. It does not look good for Carona – these tape recordings are even hotter than the Nixon Watergate tapes. And Carona cusses as much as Tricky Dick.

You can read the entire released transcript at this link, but beware – it is chock full of Carona’s “family values” f-bombs.

I still have not seen any apologies from OC GOP Chairman Scott Baugh or any of the other local Republicans who backed Carona, such as Assemblyman Van Tran. But I have been reading a lot about who should be the interim Sheriff. One of the options is Santa Ana Chief of Police Paul Walters. That would be a bad move. Walters endorsed Carona in his last race. He knew better. That endorsement should nix Walters’ candidacy.

The other guy who has been seriously pimping for Carona’s job is former Lt. Bill Hunt. No way! Hunt worked for Carona and he was involved in a botched traffic stop involving Haidl’s kid driving while under the influence of marijuana. Hunt is NOT an optimal choice for Sheriff, even though the Assn. of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs wants him to replace Carona, according to the L.A. Times. Of course they do – Hunt is an insider who will help his old friends continue to cover up their excesses. No thanks!

If we have learned one thing from Carona’s fall from grace it is that we need to appoint a law enforcement professional as our next Sheriff – and he needs to be an outsider who has not worked in the O.C. Sheriff’s department. Who cares what the deputies want? The Sheriff answers to us, the voters, not to the hired help.


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