From Tony Saavedra’s report in the Register:
A secondÂ law enforcementÂ union â€” the La Habra Police Association â€” dropped its endorsement today of sheriffâ€™s candidate Bill Hunt, following complaintsÂ that he works as a private investigatorÂ for accused gang members.
Huntâ€™s campaign team has confirmed that La Habra broke the news to the candidate in a fax this afternoon.
The action comes just days after the Santa Ana Police Officersâ€™ Association withdrew its support of Hunt, a former sheriffâ€™s lieutenant running on a law and order platform. Santa Ana officers were angered thatÂ Hunt was on the defense team of a reported F-Troop gang member awaiting trial on attempted robbery charges.
The largest player of these unions is the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriff’s (AOCDS), who have endorsed Hunt and spent thousands of dollars on mail in support of Hunt. On Tuseday AOCDS PAC Chair Thomas Dominguez sent an announcement to AOCDS members regarding the withdrawl of support for Hunt by the Santa Ana Police Officers Association.
The AOCDS Political Action Committee (AOCDS-PAC) is aware that the Santa Ana Police Officers Association has chosen to withdraw their endorsement of Bill Hunt for Orange County Sheriff. At the Wednesday, June 2, 2010 regularly scheduled AOCDS-PAC meeting meeting we will be discussing the circumstances that brought about this action and how it may impact the campaign.
I cannot imagine that a decision on the 2nd will have much effect on the race 6 days out.