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Why Chris Cunnie is the Best Choice for SF Sheriff

by: ChrisCunnieSF

Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 15:22:45 PM PDT

(I worked with Chris Cunnie on the AG's election, and he is a good guy who really knows his stuff. - promoted by Brian Leubitz)

By: Attorney General Kamala Harris

They say true convictions are what you display when no one is looking and there is nothing to gain. I have seen the true convictions of Chris Cunnie - which is why I am so convinced he is the best choice to be our next Sheriff.

ChrisCunnieSF :: Why Chris Cunnie is the Best Choice for SF Sheriff
When I was running for Attorney General there were many "insiders" who said my Smart on Crime platforms would make me unelectable in many parts of California. So when I stood up as a candidate for Attorney General to explain why we must balance long prison terms for offenders with early intervention and other Smart on Crime programs - very few people stood up with me at first.

Chris Cunnie was one of the few.

We made quite a pair I guess - the African American District Attorney and the Irish-American former police officer. But Chris was always there for me and truly understood what my campaign was all about. From Bakersfield to Fresno, to East San Diego County and places in between, Chris stood up and testified for my Smart on Crime programs. He helped me fight for a public safety strategy that would focus on keeping kids in school, helping ex-offenders get back on the right track, job training and drug treatment for people in prison so they could succeed when they were released. AND he focused enforcement on serious and violent crimes to make our neighborhoods safer.

Chris Cunnie understands what works because he has done BOTH. He served as a decorated police officer in virtually every San Francisco neighborhood. He was an early leader and advocate for community policing. He has given our city incredible service and honed his leadership skills as Director of Emergency Communications, Chief of Investigations in my DA's Office and finally as Undersheriff - the number two leader in the jails - under Michael Hennessey.

Chris has also been a strong leader in the treatment and prevention community. He was head of Walden House, one of the country's leading treatment facilities. He served on the state board helping those who are drug and alcohol dependent stay out of the criminal justice system if they sought and stayed in treatment. And, as I mentioned above, he has been one of the leading advocates for my Smart on Crime platforms.

We need experienced leaders to serve in law enforcement in San Francisco. Chris Cunnie has earned my whole-hearted support and I so strongly urge you to join me in support of Chris Cunnie for Sheriff on November 8.

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Chris is the man for the job (0.00 / 0)
Chris has the exact combination of experience and commitment to public safety that we need.  He knows law enforcement from his days as a beat cop, but he also knows that we simply can't keep doing what we're doing.  His experience at Walden House is just what we need.  Using genuine rehabilitation programs, Chris will work to both reduce costs at the SF jails and lower recidivism.

If you drew up qualifications for a sheriff, it would read like Chris' resume. He has seen every side of the equation and will be the best person for the job.

I think?

Ross Mirkirimi for SF Sheriff (0.00 / 0)
Popular outgoing SF Sheriff Mike Hennessey has given a strong endorsement to Ross Mirkirimi.  The SF Bay Guardian also recommends Mirkirimi as by far the best choice for progressives.  Here's what the Guardian had to say about Chris Cunnie:

Cunnie was head of the POA when that union opposed the police reform measure that gave the supervisors three appointments to the Police Commission. He made a habit of blasting progressive District Attorney Terence Hallinan for not being nice enough to the cops. And under his leadership, the POA opposed a promotions plan designed to bring more women and people of color into leadership positions in the SFPD. He's done some good things, and told us he wants to work to get people with substance abuse problems out of the legal system and into treatment (he was a very successful executive at Walden House, the treatment facility). But he's endorsed by POA President Gary Delagnes, who has been a major obstacle to police reform.

Beware the cop lobby (0.00 / 0)
I have, in the past, represented the cop lobby.  I probably will, in the future, do so again.  While I value liberty, I make a decent living navigating California's Byzantine and illiberal regulatory scheme.   However, as a classical Western liberal, I recognise that the cop lobby is eff-ing the rest of us to a degree only imagined, in the deepest throes of the sin of Onan, by the teachers and ethnic ladies in purple shirts.

However, the dude does have a name evocative of external primary sexual characteristics of the female of the species; so I gotta like that.  

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Tax Breaks for Crooks !!! (0.00 / 0)
Ross is Great !!

That's why he wants to give a TAX BREAK for employers who hire Ex-Cons !!


That way, when employers decide between hiring someone who HASN'T Committed a crime and someone who has.....
They'll pick the Ex-Con !!

I'm sure it'll attract deserving Ex-Cons from around the country to San francisco

Let's hear MORE about your Plan, Ross !!!

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My Chris Cunnie Story (0.00 / 0)
I worked on the Prop H campaign for police reform in 2003. I remember one particular, rather conservative Democratic Club I was involved with, whose endorsement I really wanted to get. It was going to be a tough sell, because these folks were generally cop-friendly. Not that the initiative was anti-cop, but anything that calls for more civilian oversight gets knee-jerk opposition from the cop lobby.

Fortunately, the person that the No side had as their spokesman, was none other than POA President Chris Cunnie. First of all, you have to picture that this man is huge, intimidating, all the moreso in full uniform, which he happened to be campaigning in. He sits down, leans forward, fists on the table, and begins in his deep baritone voice, "The police are a paramilitary organization and they need to do what they need to do without civilian interference... etc. etc."

I don't remember the whole speech, but by the time he got done, the spectacle was so thuggish, that the old conservative club ladies were just staring with their eyes open, collectively thinking... O.M.G. I held back a smile, because I knew the rest would be easy. That was the only "center-right" Democratic Club to endorse Prop H, but that was quite a coup, with an unwitting assist from Chris Cunnie.

Look, I think the guy is a thug who will crack skulls with glee. But don't take my word for it.

There are 3 candidates for sheriff (well 3 main ones anyway).

The Republican Party endorsed Paul Miyamoto and Chris Cunnie. And they specifically said "don't vote for Ross Mirkarimi."

The Democratic Party endorsed Ross Mirkarimi. *ONLY* Ross Mirkarimi. And this is a crucial point, because we have ranked choice, and it doesn't hurt to make a second choice. But in this election, not ONLY the Democratic Party, but just about every major liberal and progressive group simply declined to make a second choice. They feel that the other choices are so horrendous, that there is no justification for ranking them anywhere on the ballot.

I agree. Ross isn't just the best choice. He's the only choice.  

No Dice (0.00 / 0)
Mirkarimi OPPOSED th Sit Lie law

Mirkarimi is Soft on Crime

I'm a Democrat and I think having someone who worked his way up the Sheriff's Department is a good thing

Paul Miyamoto for Sheriff

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The Democratic Party endorsed Ross Mirkarimi. *ONLY* Ross Mirkarimi (0.00 / 0)
The DCCC is completely out of touch

Who's the LAST Mayoral candidate that they endorsed that won an election ?
Think Hard

Mayor 1: Leland Yee - a strong candidate who stood up to UC
Mayor 2: Jeff Adachi - another strong candidate who stood up to the DCCC and the unions (sometimes you HAVE to)
Mayor 3: David Chiu - annother level headed, reasonable candidate

The city would be much better off with any one of these three

They voters will probably elect Ed Lee, who's Willie Brown's poodle
But, at least better than the DCCC pick, Avalos

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And the Republicans are more "in touch"? (0.00 / 0)
You say that the San Francisco Democratic Party is out of touch? Well what about the Republican Party? Are they more "in touch"? They endorsed Miyamoto and Cunnie. If they're "in touch" with you, well ok then, but sorry that's not my cup of Tea.

I do like Leland though. Don't want to dissuade you there, but a coalition of liberals and progressives on the DCCC tried to get Leland Yee endorsed as well. Ed Lee had just enough supporters on the committee to block that endorsement, with an assist from your 3rd place pick, David Chiu. Neither Ed Lee nor David Chiu wanted to see the DCCC endorse an Asian candidate unless it was them, and their selfishness caused the DCCC to deadlock and not endorse a full slate.

On the Sheriffs race, however, there was never any question -Ross had overwhelming support across the spectrum (with very few exceptions); no one else even came close.  

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Ross Mirkirimi (0.00 / 0)
Typical SF Liberal
Sit Lie was too much for him ?

How may of the DCCC's recommendations have won their elections?
They've never met a tax they don't like

They've been captured by the city unions
I like unions but you can go too far
The DCCC has gone too far

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Congratulations Sheriff Mirkarimi!!! (0.00 / 0)
I don't know about anyone else but I'm breathing a sigh of relief right now.  

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