The candidate and the TV commercial

July 21, 2010

Don Regan

OPINION BY DON REGAN, Ph.D.

A question, relative to the current Sheriff’s race–Why is one principle candidate for Sheriff now the TV spokesperson for a local loan Company, in which his wife has a direct and immediate vested interest?

It seems at best compromising to that candidate. And at worst counterintuitive for a rational political candidate for any office to be a primary spokesperson for a commercial banking ad, TV, radio or whatever.

I found/find it disconcerting, and wondering what could possibly be the underlying motivation of Ian Parkinson to be doing such a most clearly unusual political thing? Does he owe that business or his wife a favor, for influence or money given or to be given? Or is he just seeking new employment as a TV spokesperson, based on his new and sought after local celebrity?

This seemingly and otherwise superficially innocent one minute TV commercial in its questionable uniqueness, other than raising the above concerns, also speaks manifestly and directly to the judgment of the man.

What other high profile public individual has or would represent a commercial banking interest on local TV in today’s economic world, and throughout the very districts in which he is administrating his singularly high profile race for one the most important top law enforcement positions in our county?

A county which has been rocked repeatedly both recently and throughout the term of our current Sheriff by both definitive and perceived Departmental and individual transgressions. Perceptions and actions deeply destructive to the credibility and authority of the Department he runs, and morale of the dutiful community Deputies he leads.

This unusual and unwise act seems very much out of place in this campaign or any campaign, and done at a personal and political cost most if not all politicians and public servants running for or serving in office would never be willing to pay. Particularly in the face of this particular Agency’s administrative history. Many more have suffered for far less ill conceived dubious public displays.

If Parkinson can not separate his personal vested interests from his public prosecutorial responsibilities as our principal law enforcement officer; then will he always put his personal self interest ahead of the public good?

What are we to make of it? We voters deserve to know the facts behind this not inconsequential behavior, before we go to the polls to elect what we all intensely intend and most sincerely hope will be a fully and refreshingly committed honorable new Sheriff.

Is there really going to be a “New Sheriff in Town”, or just the same old self serving compromises intrigues and discomforting public displays, we have sadly seen and come to know from the previous sheriffs’ cabals?

I, and I am sure, others would like to know — What’s the catch here?

Dr. Don Regan lives in Arroyo Grande. He was the Republican nominee for the 22nd District Congressional election in 2004.


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KatieEvans

Dan Blackburn makes better video’s. I hear he has one coming out about Ian, let’s compare.


srichison

We have two candidates. One keeps having to answer questions about his questional judgment in both professional and personal matters. The other one seemingly has no present or past professional or personal misjudgments for which to answer. Hmm; who to vote for?


Andy Sipowitz

Interesting comment.


At one of the forums prior to the June 8th election I asked Joe Cortez a question about the shooting at Denny’s in Pismo Beach a couple of years ago, specifically why he sent someone on the Pismo PD to meet with the media instead of going himself. His reply was refreshing. He was busy doing the important police work on the case that he knew the Chief should be doing so he sent someone else to do the less important job of talking to the media.


The man gave up face time on TV to do the job he was paid to do.


There is no question in my mind who will do the better job as Sheriff. We all need to spread the word about Joe Cortez


Paperboys

Parkinson, the pitch man. Better that than Sheriff!


inverse Condemnation

—————Ok I give what is the local loan Company that we are talking about?


Cindy
Nancy

I saw Ian Parkinson as the spokesperson in this add a couple of weeks ago. There is truth to Don Regan’s train of thought here. My first reaction was difficult to clearly identify other than an immediate uncomfortable feeling about the mortgage crisis, mortgage brokers, slanted “banksters” , foreclosures, predictor lending practices and an array of unbridled mistrust. It was a simple knee jerk reaction based on emotion and a low budget, poorly produced infomercial starring the “wana be Sheriff”, although I have weathered the mortgae crisis comfortably and established my home financing many years ago and equitably, many home buyers didn’t fair so well over the last few years. I did immediately ponder why Ian Parkinson was participating in that commercial when he is running for Sheriff. He kind of reminded me of OJ Simpson when he was retired (washed up) and turned to commercials while continuing his perceived reach for celebrity status through media advertisements. Did Ian get hooked on media attention during the primaries, is this an attempt to keep his name and face out in the public?

I agree that it isn’t working in his best interest, a mortgage company is the worst promotional outlet that he could have chose to publicly associate himself with. Ian Parkinson seems out of touch with the public and caught up in himself and his soon to be short lived political career.


Just my thoughts and observations.


bobfromsanluis

I have been reading this site almost since it was started, and I have never seen, read or witnessed any “real” slant by either George Ramos, Dave Congalton or most importantly, Karen Velie in her reporting or articles. In the current Sheriff’s race here in SLO County, Cal Coast News has published a couple of statements and/or opinion pieces by Joe Cortez, but to the best of my knowledge, Ian Parkinson has never submitted any thing here to be considered for publication. If Mr. Parkinson wants to talk to Dave again on his show, I’m sure he will contact Dave. If he wants to be interviewed by Karen, or submit something for publication here, I’m sure he will be given all due consideration. Personally, if Ian is half as smart as he should be for someone in his position, he will most likely keep his mouth shut around people who are not afraid to ask tough questions.


SanSimeonSam

Don,


You ask WHY ???


One, to pay his back taxes he needs a second job


Two, he owes money to his job applicant ghost writer


Three, he needs to pay for that misleading and probably illegal Flyer that was sent out to Dumocrats during the primary (which he denys having any knowledge of its existence)


four Probably owes Gail Wilcox money….Katcho and Gibson do….


five, Owes money to the 2 cops dealing drugs and getting paid by us to set up shop and deal drugs


utube

This site is so obviously railing against Parkinson-Wonder why? Always has…Strohbridge maybe-ahhhh


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