Was this the worst thing Mike Carona did?

Carona and Van Tran

“Former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona gave reserve deputy badges to 86 people on a roster known as the “friends list” in exchange for donations of $1,000 to his first campaign, a key witness in the corruption case against him told federal investigators,” according to the L.A. Times.

Was this the worst thing Mike Carona did?  I think so.  He gutted and destroyed what had been an effective Reserve Deputy program.  And he did it in order to line his pockets.

Only seven of the reserve deputies that Carona appointed actually took the time to become qualified to serve in this capacity.  Seven out of 86. What a mockery!

Amongst those who received guns and badges from Carona were GOP blogger Jon Fleischman, Assemblyman Van Tran and then-Supervisor Lou Correa.  Not to mention an assortment of hacks, some of whom got into legal trouble while flashing their guns and badges.

Shame on the many O.C. Republicans who continued to back Carona in his last race, even though we all knew he was an unethical pig!

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