If you had asked a local Democrat just a week ago to rate Sheriff Jesse Slaughter’s job performance, they would have gushed about him — as Republicans would have, too, since Slaughter and his Undersheriff, Cory Reeves, have proven to be clearly capable, no matter the letter after their names. Anyone who is not a hopelessly craven mediocrity can appreciate steady law enforcement, which our community has in spades.
Now, though, the Cascade County Democratic Central Committee (CCDCC), led by a person called Ron Szabo, thinks Slaughter should resign.
What changed? It wasn’t because of a scandal, or police brutality, or “white supremacy,” or anything to do with actual policy.
No, it’s because Slaughter no longer wished to associate with the radical, Jasmine Taylor wing of the local Democrat Party. For that, and for not swearing absolute fealty to Szabo and the CCDCC bosses, Slaughter is now — according to them — unfit for office and should surrender his badge.
The Trib’s David Murray wrote a good piece detailing the CCDCC’s emotional and whiny response. A few things are worth highlighting.
First, CCDCC’s statement baselessly accuses Slaughter of violating the law: “We witnessed statements and actions that were not only inconsistent with the values and positions of Cascade County Democrats, but with the Rule of Law itself.” Szabo does not identify what law was breached, of course (Slaughter did no such thing); he just relies on the smear, that yes, Slaughter acted contrary to the “Rule of Law.” Apparently in Bizzaro Democrat World, distancing oneself from antifa-loving zealotry is on par with a crime.
Second, Szabo’s puerile screed includes high sounding rhetoric about the First Amendment: “Any individual in this community – whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent – has the right to express his/her views without fear within the parameters provided by the courts.” Any individual except for Jesse Slaughter, that is.
Third, Szabo told Murray that Democrats had concerns about Slaughter over the years — concerns that troubled them so deeply, we are only hearing about them only now, just after Slaughter left the party.
Fourth, Szabo suggested that Slaughter’s dissent with Taylor’s moronic antifa post — and this is truly rich — put Taylor’s life in jeopardy: “Finally, as Sheriff, Mr. Slaughter should be concerned with the safety and well-being of EVERYONE in the county. By making political ‘hay’ of an individual’s Facebook post, he put a target on the back of a citizen of Cascade County whose protection is in his care. Professional ethics should put him above that.” Presumably, Szabo would like you to ignore his self-righteous posturing about free speech at this point. And if you’re keeping score, blowback from deliberately controversial posts should rest not with the publisher, but with anyone who has the temerity to disagree with them.
Fifth, Szabo correctly pointed to Taylor’s right to publish anything she wishes as a private citizen. However, Szabo also could have clarified, “We are not the party of antifa.” But he didn’t, because they are. It’s the party of Jasmine Taylor, Barbara Bessette, and Melissa Smith — radicals and losers of every single legislative race in Cascade County in 2020. No wonder Slaughter left them.
Add it all up, and it’s clear that Slaughter’s “crime” has nothing to do with law enforcement; it’s because he didn’t shut up and obey his Democrat masters.
Good for him.