It means that there is no incumbent to be concerned about for retaliation; but there it is, even if no incumbent is in that race.
The place was filled with the best of our legal community, from attorneys to judges to justices, but no one wanted to be photographed, recognized or mentioned in any social chronicled page because they are very concerned that political consultant bully Dave Thomas may retaliate against them for supporting or contributing to Watkins’ campaign.
It is a real shame that in this time and era in a country that is supposed to be almost a free country people are not free to support, endorse, help or contribute to the candidate of their choice because of their concern over a vindictive campaign manager that erroneously believes he is some kind of Godfather that no one better disappoint by having a different choice of candidate.
It would have been very good for John Watkins to have a photo taken with all those pillars of the legal community, or for those “pillars” to have been able to give a healthy donation instead of being concerned about being confronted by their campaign manager or even by any other office-holder in any other race.
The possibility exists that “the other side” will send spies to check out who’s at whose fundraising event, with or without pictures; but why?
American people should be able to support the candidate of their choice without retaliation from others who have their own candidates to support and help.
There is the story of a family court judge who had an attorney approach the bench and asked why the name of the attorney was not in
the list of contributors and when the attorney explained that money was tight, the judge asked with a smile on his face (to make it look like a friendly chat), “You don’t want to make me mad, do you?”
The attitudes and behaviors of those who cannot be honest with themselves as well as with the candidates of their choice — because they’re not brave enough to stand up to their own beliefs — need to stop.
The only way that kind of behavior is going to end is by the community taking a stand and openly supporting the candidate of their choice without hesitation or without being afraid of the consequences.
The only way those bad apples are going to have the power that they think they have taken away from them is by showing them that their time is up and that the community is not afraid of them anymore.
Help by contributing openly to support the candidate of your choice, and vote, and urge your friends, co-workers and neighbors to vote.
Openly speak up and tell others about the qualifications, the experience and the credits in favor of that honest candidate for whom you intend to vote and whom you now choose to support.
Remember that unions, organizations and PAC committees do not have the control of every individual member; do not get impressed or even intimidated by those group endorsements because when the members go to the polls, none of those groups are there with the voters to see who they are voting for. Votes are confidential and private; no one has the right to ask anyone who they voted for and no one can force anyone to vote for anyone.
In the judicial race voters should be extra careful and very sure of their votes because those who are elected in the November election, like it or not, will be there until 2020 regardless of their qualifications and their performance.
The judges that are reelected in November may have the lives of the people appearing before them in their hands; if they are not honest, fair and knowledgeable of the law, they can destroy a person’s life forever.
This community needs to elect judges that are not afraid of prosecutors nor intimidated by corrupted cops that want the law to be applied as it is convenient for their egos of for simply winning a case, regardless of justice.
Attorneys need to start showing some respect for their clients by not being scared of the police or intimidated by prosecutors who are not looking for justice, but are trying for a high rate of cases won.
I have told this story many times to as many people as were willing to listen, but most of the time they do not believe it until they experience the same thing on their own and suffer it on their own: a local well known attorney mentioned to me that he cannot go against the prosecutors because chances are that he will have another case with that prosecutor and he or she can make his life miserable.
The same well known attorney told me that those who plead guilty walk and these who don’t do twenty-five years in prison.
These are the things that need to be abolished in the legal community and these are the things that people need to think about when they go to the polls; who has more television commercials and who has more billboards that make them more recognizable should not be the considerations.
The only thing that can solve this problem is, as I said before, to not be afraid of voting for the candidate of your choice and not being misled to vote for the one that someone else with an ulterior motive tells you to vote for; after all, if you make a mistake, it should be your own mistake not someone else’s mistake.
Think about it people; look at the Sheriff race: why should you vote for a candidate that would be controlled by the powerful gaming executives, or by anyone else, for that matter, but the community?
Joe Lombardo will be another ghost sheriff if he is elected — just like the present office holder — answering only to the Strip money people and no one else.
Clark County constituents should make sure that they are not being impressed by the mainstream media’s hype — controlled by the powers-that-be — and vote for the candidate they know would be best, not the one that is being pushed upon them. We always strive to tell you why.
Reading what the mainstream media writes can be a disaster for our community because Lombardo was just promoted to undersheriff after Undersheriff Dixon left to take a well-paid job at the Venetian Hotel that many believe Gillespie wanted, but for which he was turned down.
On most of the occasions when people in office are going to run for office, they take a leave of absence to campaign so no conflict of interest can apply to their race, as well as not cheating the taxpayers out of their money by using hours of work to be campaigning. Lombardo would be collecting money from the citizens of Clark County until the last day in office and that is the kind of Sheriff Joseph Lombardo AKA Joe Lombardo would be — squeezing money out of you all the way to the end of his term.
I personally believe that the community should open its eyes and ignore Lombardo’s cheap talk and VOTE FOR LARRY BURNS. My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.