SACRAMENTO, CA – “I will not seek – nor do I want – The Bee’s endorsement.”
That’s the bottom line for Scott Jones, Sacramento County’s Republican sheriff for the past 12 years. The sheriff is running for U.S. Congress and he just told his local newspaper to take its slanted coverage elsewhere.
The editorial board of the Sacramento Bee in California’s capital had invited Jones to participate in an “endorsement interview” for California’s 3rd congressional district.
In response, the sheriff on Monday held nothing back in a scathing letter to the paper. Jones wrote:
“Let me be clear, I value free, fair, and thorough journalism. Unfortunately, with rare exception, The Bee and their Editorial Staff have proven time and time again that they do not share the same values.
“I have always welcomed honest critique; however, The Bee has resorted to name calling, mischaracterizations, and demonstrated multiple times that they would rather bend a story to fit their own narrative than report facts.
“Perhaps most publicly, you’ve continuously resorted to personal attacks and name-calling, including labeling me as ‘Mini-Trump’ simply from me working to secure our borders, and refusing to back down on soft-on-crime politicians. …
“I will always sit down with honest reporters who try to understand the complex issues facing our communities, and report on them in balanced tones. I do not share the same desire to sit down with The Bee’s Editorial Board.”
Jones said that he had been proud to receive the Bee’s endorsement when he ran for sheriff in 2010, “when the newspaper still demonstrated a semblance of journalistic integrity. He added:
“Unfortunately the direction and priorities of The Bee have changed.”
One editorial writer at the Bee, Jack Ohman, seems to have it out for the sheriff.
“He’s been a dreadful sheriff” who once “threw a hissy fit,” Ohman wrote in a January editorial titled: “Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones kowtowed to Trump and cost us dearly. Next stop: Congress!” The editorial had this to say:
“But he’ll fit right into the GOP caucus as a truly accomplished and enabling careerist.”
The left-leaning Ohman is a winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning and also won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Scripps Howard Award, national SPJ Award and National Headliner Award.
There is no mistaking his political preferences in his opinion piece about the Republican sheriff:
“Jones … said he would vote for Trump but not endorse him. Bold leadership there. God knows where he is on Trump now, but Jones spent time kowtowing to him while he was president. Of course, so did Rubio and scads of other Republican cowards.
“If Jones gets to Congress, which is not out of the realm of possibility, he’ll likely be another Trump mouthpiece.
“My guess is that Jones will again equivocate about a man no less an authority than Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said was “morally responsible” for a coup against the U.S. government. Law and order, you know. So important to America!
“Jones didn’t think it was that big of a deal that some of his deputies flew across the country to attend the rally that preceded the insurrection on Jan. 6, either. Oh, well. Support the blue, except when you don’t.”
“In the primary, Jones faces Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin), who racked up 3.5% of the vote in his recall bid last year, behind several other Kevins. Let’s forget Kiley for a moment (if only we could) and imagine Jones as a member of Congress.
“Secure the border? All his boy Trump did was use the border as a campaign prop to fire up the crazies.
“Stand up against defunding the police? The police aren’t really in danger of being defunded. And Trump said the rioters who terrorized police as they stormed the Capitol were “very special.” Trump said: “We love you.”
“Given Jones’ escapades over the past few years – do you have all day? – I’m not sure precisely what he would bring to Congress. I suppose he could man the metal detectors on the House floor, installed because the GOP’s sedition caucus couldn’t be trusted.”
Despite a media that wants all Republicans out of office, Jones’ letter to the newspaper is receiving high praise online. Some of the 150 Facebook comments are below.
“He’s correct! The Bee is a propaganda rag.”
Barby Pedro Brilliant:
“This country needs more people like you who can’t be swayed by public pressure. So many candidates could learn a lot from your sense of integrity and the values you demonstrate!”
“Thank you for stating what most law abiding citizens in this county are thinking. The Bee is not the main source for news any longer in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee is nothing more than an opinion paper for those on the left.”
“Strong work! I wish more people seeking political office would follow your lead. “
“Brilliant! Thank you for your candor, integrity, and for continuing to stand by your core values. You have my vote!”
Months after ACLU files lawsuit against Sheriff’s Office, illegal immigrant with criminal history kills his three daughters
March 12, 2022
SACRAMENTO, CA- According to reports, just months after the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office was sued for allegedly reporting illegal criminal immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an illegal immigrant involved in criminal activity shot and killed his three daughters and a visitation chaperone before killing himself.
Domestic violence isn’t a ‘lesser’ crime or a ‘crime of passion.’ It is a horrific evil.💔
Man murders his 3 young children and 1 other in a church, then kills himself – “The sheriff’s office said it was a case of domestic violence.” https://t.co/CpdXPniK2V
— IWillSurvive (@rainydaywishes) March 1, 2022
ICE spokeswoman Alethea Smock stated that 39-year-old David Mora-Rojas overstayed his visa after entering California from his native Mexico on December 17, 2018, on a non-immigrant visitor visa.
She did not confirm when his visa actually expired, but because he overstayed his visa, ICE asked to be notified when he was released from jail after being arrested in Merced County for assaulting a California Highway Patrol officer.
Mora-Rojas was released from jail just five days before he committed the horrific murders of this family at a Sacramento church.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office stated that under California’s “sanctuary state law,” known as the TRUTH Act and the California Values Act, it does not notify immigration officials about in-custody people who are being released.
So ICE was never notified when Mora-Rojas was released from jail.
The 2017 state law restricts local law enforcement’s cooperation with federal officials except when illegal immigrants are accused of “very serious crimes.”
California church shooter David Mora-Rojas was in US illegally https://t.co/a6yDt0mB1x
— BIM (@kwamie42) March 8, 2022
According to reports, the sanctuary laws in California protected Mora-Rojas from deportation after at least two encounters with law enforcement:
“In April 2021, the mother of his three children obtained a restraining order against him after a domestic violence incident, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, which confirms that the order specifically states Mora-Rojas cannot own or possess firearms or ammunition”; and
“On February 23, 2022, Mora-Rojas was arrested in Merced County about 115 miles south of Sacramento for driving under the influence, assaulting a police officer, and assaulting medical staff.
ICE served a detained on the jail, but state sanctuary laws prohibited Merced officials from holding Mora-Rojas or communicating with ICE about his release, so the illegal immigrant walked out of jail on a $15,000 bond.”
On February 28, Mora-Rojas killed his children and 59-year-old Nathaniel Kong during a supervised visit before killing himself.
The shootings at the church in Sacramento occurred during a weekly supervised visitation Mora-Rojas had with his three daughters.
While police have not released a motive, the confirmation that he was in the country illegally can provide a possible reason — he may have feared being deported and separated from his children.
Just months prior to the murders, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for transferring illegal immigrants convicted of state crimes to federal authorities.
There is only ONE thing that allowed this horrific tragedy to occur with certainty: the deplorable state of our immigration policies, and California’s Sanctuary State Laws. My full statement on the tragic events that took place in Sacramento below: pic.twitter.com/9guQft3ewC
— Sheriff Scott Jones (@SheriffSJones) March 5, 2022
The ACLU accused Jones and his agency of violating California sanctuary laws by reporting illegal immigrants jailed for committing local crimes to ICE upon completion of their sentence. On March 5th, Jones tweeted:
“Remember the faces of these tragic murder victims. In the coming days and weeks, liberals and activists will try and spin the narrative, dredge up sympathy for the monster that killed them, and talk about how this could have been prevented.
They will talk about the horrors of ghost guns, as if no other weapon or gun was available to him, and legislators will clamor for more restrictive gun laws to make themselves feel better.”
“They’ll call me racist and evil. But let me be perfectly clear, there is only ONE thing that allowed this horrific tragedy to occur with certainty: the deplorable state of our national immigration policies, and California’s Sanctuary State Laws.”
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office released a statement confirming that Mora-Rojas “had in his possession an AR style rifle,” adding:
“The firearm had no serial number or manufacturer markings and is what the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives refers to as a “Privately Made Firearm (PMF).”
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