While so many of us thought Jon Flieschman of the Flash Report and formerly a flack for the Sheriff’s Office would be called to testify as a defense witness in the Mike Carona trial (excuse me, the indicted for corruption, the resigned and disgraced former sheriff who routinely wore his Christian faith on his sleeve while carrying on an affair with a woman who wasn’t his wife), alas Johnny Flash was NOT called to the stand.
Other than carrying feeds from the OC Register and the LA Times on the Carona trial, Fleischman himself has not personally addressed the charges against his former boss.Â With final arguments and jury deliberation due to begin after the New Year and Carona’s fate finally delivered, isn’t it time we got the true insider’s view from the man who claimed to have an insider’s view?
Testimony has already revealed what Carona really thinks about his former employee and his “silly Flash Report” and Jon should at least address charges that he shakes down his advertisers.
By his silence, Jon continues to protect Carona.Â Or he’s protecting his own reputation as an insider.Â Or perhaps he’s worried that the public will discover he didn’t have the insider status so many were led to believe he had.Â Perception is sometimes reality.Â At a BoS meeting earlier this year, Fleischman stated that public officials who abuse their authority for persoanl gain should bear the full force of the law.Â We couldn’t agree more.Â
Perhaps it pains Jon to know Carona is part of the problem of Republican domination of Orange County politics and he’s hoping, with the verdict and its impact, that the whole incident will just blow over.
So, as Carona’s flack, Flesichman was aware of what was going on in the Sheriff’s office and did nothing about it, which taints his reputation as a county employee who placed partisan politics over his duty to the taxpayers.
Or, Fleischman was *truly* unaware of the misdeeds going on in the Sheriff’s Office making his claims of “insider status” a total sham, also tainting his record and his professional honesty.
I’m not sure what the middle ground is here.Â
Simply put, what did Jon Fleischman know about how Mike Carona ran the Sheriff’s Department and when did he know it? And if he knew it and knew it was wrong, why didn’t he say something other than shill for Carona?