The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Sheriff Bob Wins Re-Election

Posted on | November 5, 2020 | Comments Off on Sheriff Bob Wins Re-Election

If you’re a fan of law enforcement, you know Sheriff Bob Gualtieri of Pinellas County, Florida. He is a veteran lawman who went to college and got a law degree, worked as a lawyer and then returned to the sheriff’s department as legal counsel and became chief deputy before being appointed sheriff by Gov. Rick Scott in 2011.

Pinellas County — St. Petersburg, Largo, Clearwater, across the bay from Tampa — had a serious problem with teenage car thieves. That problem got reduced slightly in 2017 when three of the juveniles died in a fiery crash in a stolen Ford Explorer:

The SUV ran through a red light — it was going 117 mph just 2½-seconds before impact, according to crash recovery data — and then collided with a 1999 Toyota Camry in the middle lane of U.S. 19 N, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The Camry driver, Ricky Melendez Jr., was on his way to work.
The Explorer was sent airborne, crashed into five parked cars at a dealership and then struck a billboard pole 10 feet above the ground before tumbling to stop on Tampa Road.

Here is Sheriff Bob’s press conference about that incident:


This guy knows how to do a press conference. Anyway, some left-wing pest of a “social justice” Democrat ran against Sheriff Bob this year, and amid all the hype about high turnout, I worried that the sheriff might be in trouble, but he cruised to victory with a 25-point margin, 62%-37%

Y’know, I’m always looking for a dark-horse long-shot candidate, somebody with a populist “outsider” image like my late friend Herman Cain, and the current occupant of the White House. It’s kind of early to be talking about 2024, but if Sheriff Bob starts gaining a bit more of a national media profile over the next couple of years . . .

Well, never say never. Impossible things happen all the time.



Comments are closed.