Total Buzz is reporting that a vote on the appointment of Orange County’s next Sheriff will come up at this Tuesday’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting. OCBlog is reporting that Hunt supporters are backing Hutchens, because they think she would be easier for Hunt to beat in 2010.
While each candidate had the support of four Supervisors at the time the list was narrowed down (Moorlach /Hutchens vs. Norby/Walters); if you had asked me yesterday afternoon, I would have said that Walters had it in the bag.
Today, I do not have that same level of confidence. My sources are suggesting that Hutchens is starting to look good on the 5th floor. There are concerns that Walters is too politically connected in OC to make his appointment look like they are cleaning house. Then of course, there is the naggimg crime rate and unsuccessful efforts to curb gang violence in Santa Ana under Walter’s leadership.
But hell, these are just rumors and until one of Art Pedroza’s (the orange juice blog) pajaritos confirms the rumors one way or another. So reality is anybody’s guess.