are the only ones who’ve filed so far — and yet the attacks and
backstabbing have already begun.
It is a real shame that something that should be viewed as a privilege
for its participants can turn into a nasty battle instead, especially
when that battle is instigated by one of those candidates, or by
individuals or groups that have no connection with the candidates and
gain no benefit from the outcome, one way or another.
Some utilize their power, connections and influence to cowardly attack
from behind the scenes when they no longer have a horse in the race —
except that of keeping the “inheriting” sequence in line.
It has been our belief all along that when people start attacking a
candidate without solid and concrete reasons, it is because they are
afraid of that candidate’s credibility. They attack to discredit, but
the decent law-abiding citizen gets turned off by that kind of
behavior and tends to support the victim of such attacks.
Detective Gordon Martines, a 36-year veteran of the Las Vegas
Metropolitan Police Department and candidate for sheriff in this
year’s election, should be used to that type of discrimination and
unfair treatment, not only by his superiors in the department but also
by the sold-out local media that — under orders from his opponents —
refuse to count the detective as a legitimate candidate. Every time he
throws his name in the race, they attack, discriminate against him and
violate his human, civil and constitutional rights.
Maybe it is true that he is less than charming when he does not know
the people, but is that not the same situation with the current
Maybe it is true that he is kind of shy, but he is running for the top
cop position, not running for an Oscar or an Academy Award. He has an
impeccable record in his cop experience and may have the common sense
to surround himself with the best administrators within the police
department to become the best sheriff that Clark County has ever had.
He is the same person during the election cycle as not; most
politicians go out at election time to mingle with their constituents
— to kiss babies and shake hands with minorities — but after the
election, one never sees them again, unless their name is Oscar
Goodman or Bobby G, who are always the same friendly way day in and
day out, election time or not.
Martines is the same way; he is very reserved and very private when
running or not because he says that he is a cop and not a politician.
As long as his door is open to everyone equally, and he stays on top
of everything under his jurisdiction, that is what he believes the
voters should be concerned about.
The reason that the present administration is abusing Detective
Martines’ rights and using all of its influence and connections,
calling for pay-back markers from those in the media, is because they
don’t want the voters in Clark County to know Martines’ qualifications
and plans to clean up the corruption that exists inside the police
department — not only against the citizens, but also among themselves.
Every time Martines becomes a sheriff candidate, he ends up filing
election violations that never go anywhere because the Nevada Ethics
Commission and the Election Department are useless in Nevada; with the
help of the controlled mainstream media, those complaints are swept
under the rug and go nowhere.
The Las Vegas Tribune has learned that the Nevada US Attorney, the Las
Vegas office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department
of Justice in Washington D.C.. are all aware of the irregularities
that are taking place within the administration of the Las Vegas
Metropolitan Police Department, including the fact that Detective
Gordon Martines initiated a lawsuit in Federal Court against Sheriff
Douglas Gillespie and fourteen of his higher-ups in his
administration, including some of the same candidates that have
stepped down to run for the position that their boss now holds.
Perhaps the Feds will continue to drive north of Los Angeles when they
finish with the Los Angeles Sheriff Department and stop in Las Vegas
to do a cleanup, as they are doing with Sheriff Lee Baca in LA.
Maybe it’s time for the Feds to stop protecting the Clark County
Sheriff and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The Feds
need to repeat their local cleanup of a few years ago, resulting in
sending four of our county commissioners to prison.
It is our honest and humble opinion that, as much as Nevadans like to
be independent of Federal control, at this time the only ones that can
clean up the rest of the corruption in this community are the Federal
agencies. But to do it, they must stop believing whatever the elected
officials are telling them and stop working deals that exonerate
public officials from prosecution.
When the HOA’s massive investigation started, the rumors were that
several judges and attorneys were involved in the scam, but not one
single judge in Clark County has been named.
If the rumors were truthful, those names should be brought to light so
those judges would not be reelected; if they were false, maybe the
right thing to do this time is for the Feds to clean up the reputation
of those judges now running for reelection.