Sheriff candidate Bill Hunt had a bad day today with the cops.
First, the Santa Ana police union said it withdrew its endorsement of the former sheriff’s lieutenant because, according to the Orange County Register, he has worked as a private investigator on behalf of a gang member.
Hunt told the Register he believes his client is innocent. “Law enforcement is a little myopic, not everybody who gets arrested is guilty or found guilty,” Hunt said, according to the Register story.
Then Hunt got dinged for his campaign signs being put up on the front lawn of the Costa Mesa Police Department. Campaign signs are not permitted on government property.
Costa Mesa resident Greg Ridge spotted the signs few days ago and called the department to complain. Ridge notified Voice of OC of the situation via our Facebook page after reading our story today on campaign signs.
“It kind of bugged me,” said Ridge. “It looked like the Costa Mesa Police Department was endorsing him.”
A police spokesperson confirmed two signs were removed from in front of the station.
Added watch commander Lt. Bryan Glass: “The Police Department does not take a position to endorse and does not endorse an individual.”