Apparently, Building a Better Ohio will accept an endorsement from anyone, so long as their job allows them to wear an uniform. Today, the Building a Better Ohio campaign apparently found it newsworthy to note that it has gotten the endorsement of Hamilton County Sheriff Si Leis (R). Except Leis didn’t wear his uniform for the event. Si Leis used to be a county prosecutor back in the 1970s. You might recall him being played by James Carville in The People v. Larry Flynt. Leis prosecuted Flynt on obscenity charges over Hustler magazine only to have some hippie appellate court throw the conviction out on some pinko “First Amendment” grounds.
So, naturally, the people of Hamilton County said, let’s make this guy Sheriff! Which he has held for decades. In the 1990s, you might recall Leis decided to raid the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati over the art museum’s photographic exhibit of Robert Maplethorpe. He was later played in the television movie “Dirty Pictures” about the case (a jury acquitted the museum director of obscenity charges) by Craig T. Nelson. When casting directors come up with either James Carville or Craig T. Nelson to play you, well, that kind of speaks for itself.
Here’s Leis talking about Issue 2 today [Source: Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Politics Extra Blog]:
“You can’t worry about how it will affect you as an individual,” said Leis, adding that passing the statewide issue will improve public safety, the primary reason for his support.
Leis, who has been in elected office 41 years, mostly in law enforcement, said Issue 2 is “critical to effective law enforcement in the future. Everybody wants effective law enforcement. Saying [Issue 2] won’t affect safety and well being, I don’t understand.”
“All of them have one thing in common,” Jason Mauk, Issue 2 spokesman, said of the officials at the press conference. “They care enough about the future of our state to say it’s time to put politics aside and tackle the tough issues we’ve ignored for too long.”
Mauk is right. If there’s anything someone like Sheriff Si Leis knows, it’s when to put politics aside. Like in 2005, when Leis spoke at the local annual Police Memorial Day ceremonies, when Leis reportedly said according to a CityBeat article at the time:
“Our country is in great peril, not from an approaching army but from a satanic pestilence that has already invaded our nation with a drug-infested culture, littering our country and neighborhoods with untold corpses and its collateral family damage,” says Pastor Si.
Can we get an amen? Or do you think the devil can’t reach you?
“Sealed under glass in Washington, D.C, the Constitution of the United States of America lulls Americans into a false sense of security, believing that nothing can change the ideals and intent of its God-fearing framers,” says Pastor Si.
Give us a hallelujah!
“The gay and lesbian coalitions, rabid feminist groups and the American Civil Liberties Union (are) all competing for power,” says Pastor Si. “Many use their political action committee funds to influence elected officials, to represent these parasitic groups who proselytize and force us, under the protection of law, to tolerate and accept their despicable conduct and agenda.”
Leis turned the annual Police Memorial Day, held May 10 on Fountain Square, into a virtual religious revival, damning liberal judges, atheists, “the perversion of the Internet,” violent video games and other elements of a society he sees as speeding to hell.
“As concerned citizens and Christians, we need to display and read in our classrooms once again, and with pride, the Ten Commandments, the Judeo-Christian foundation of our entire constitutional system of law,” says Pastor Si.
This is at an event meant to honor the fallen. That’s some endorsement you got there, Jason Mauk.
But wait, there’s more.
Here’s what Leis had to say later today about Hamilton County Commissioners’ budget proposal to cut the sheriff’s office budget due to declining state funding and property values:
Folks, this is something he said in the same day. We can’t worry about how Issue 2 impacts us on an individual level, we need to sacrifice for the greater good and get government spending under control to… let’s raise taxes if the alternative is cutting my budget. Wow.
It should be noted that the nearby Republican sheriffs of Warren and Butler Counties (deeply red counties) have been less than supportive of Issue 2 in their public statements, too. I mean, they oppose it. Totally.