The Contra Costa Deputy Sheriffs’ Association will drop a mailer today (see below) slapping around county supervisor candidate Mister Phillips over his run-in with law enforcement last year.
Phillips found himself crosswise with deputies at a Montalvin Manor neighborhood murder-suicide scene and ended up in the pokie. Phillips subsequently complained about being mistreated at the county jail — too cold, TV too loud, dirty bathroom — but an investigation concluded only that the deputies swore at him.
The sheriffs’ association is particularly incensed at Phillips’ statements during the arrest, in which he told the officers he was running for supervisor and arresting him was a “big mistake.”
“This clearly showed a misplaced sense of importance and was an irresponsible act for a person who says he’s ready to lead,” said Sheriffs’ Association President Jim Bickert. “They are not the actions of a person we would ever support for county supervisor.”
It is unclear why the association would bother going after Phillips. He has had plenty of controversy around his candidacy but few endorsements, little money and is running against a veteran and popular incumbent, John Gioia.
And I can only speculate as to why an independent expenditure committee called the Contra Costa Coalition for Jobs would pay for the mailer. (See the small print on the bottom of the second page.) Its top funder is BI Land LLC, a company owned by Tassajara Valley landowner Samir Kawar.
But the most obvious link is Tom Koch, who is working on Kawar’s development proposal for the Tassajara Valley. Business interests most likely want to make double-sure that voters’ anti-incumbent mood does not produce unintended consequences and place an unconventional individual into office.