I believe everybody knows that I am talking about former Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff, Ted Moody.
Moody, who left the department in a tantrum in July of 2013 because of disagreements with Sheriff Doug Gillespie and his handling of the department’s internal process for reviewing police shootings, has been very critical of Metro’s administration ever since.
Now, all of a sudden he is back in the spotlight with his endorsement of sheriff candidate Joe Lombardo.
It could perfectly well be that he thought that the race was going to be between Lombardo and himself, and now because of Larry Burns, he was completely pushed out of the race and is resenting Burns deeply.
People need to think about what they have said publicly so as to not become a laughing stock in the community they live in.
Everybody (or at least almost everybody) watches the Jon Ralston’s show — even the people who don’t like him — just to have knowledge of what he and the people he interviews on his show have to say.
I’m surprised that Mr. Moody, after what he said on that show back in February — “Lombardo is owned lock, stock and barrel by special interests in Las Vegas” — now comes out with that endorsement for Lombardo.
Apparently, others own many people in this city, and it is my most humble opinion that Mr. Moody is just waiting for a payback for his endorsement.
Mr. Moody wrote in a statement last week referring to the Use of Force Review Board: “Joe has convinced me that he will take concrete steps to meet this challenge, working to establish Metro’s internal use of force review board as a model process that both the community and the men and women can trust and support. Based on our discussions I intend to work very closely with him to help make this happen.”
If this doesn’t sound like a promise for a job back to come out of retirement and a payback for contacting some of his supporters to vote for the man, I don’t know what it sounds like.
Everybody has a price in this town. I remember the good old times of Las Vegas when many thought that the Mafia controlled the city and government offices, but I never saw any member of the Mafia seated at City Hall chatting with the Mayor or the City Council. This is the same corrupted business; casino owners probably won’t come up to the Police Plaza to have coffee with the sheriff, but we already know how much they intend to pay for a man they have their hopes on having as a puppet in the police department. The difference is that the sheriff would go to have coffee with the casino owners as gratitude for giving him the toy of his life.
It is no wonder that in spite of the growth of our city, we actually don’t see prosperity here. They have given too much power to those casino owners and everybody bends down with their behinds ready to be kicked. Las Vegas is one of the few cities without a lottery, something that can bring lots of money to our schools. Ah! Casino owners don’t want a lottery in Las Vegas, but they have been ready to go to other cities like Miami, where they have horse and dog races, Jai Alai and LOTTERY. If they don’t want the lottery here, then don’t go there.
I wish I could remember who the dummy in our local government was that once said Las Vegas cannot have a lottery because people will spend the dollar needed to buy a child milk on the lottery ticket. How slow-minded can a person be? First, if they want to spend that dollar gambling they will drop it in a slot machine; and second, you can’t buy much milk for $1 today… but maybe that government official is still mentally living back in the ’50s.
Well, going back to Mr. Moody… if he believes he is coming over as a great person, I hate to tell him this, but he has lost much of the respect he previously was getting from many people.