October 17, 2017
Barnes switched his party affiliation from Decline to State to Republican days before he announced candidacy for Sheriff. He then proceeds to attack Harrington’s wife and misconstrue facts.
Orange County – October 17th – In a desperate attempt to cover up the fact that Don Barnes is not a loyal and dedicated member of the Republican party Barnes switched his party registration days before he decided to run for political office, he then proceeds to send out a smear release attacking Sheriff candidate Dave Harrington’s wife, Michele, for releasing his “confidential” voter registration. All voter records are considered public information. Michele Harrington sent less than six emails privately and did not “email blast” out the information. The Harrington campaign challenges Barnes to “put up or shut up” and show proof of a major email blast being sent.
Since Barnes was a registered Decline To State voter since 2011 he was ineligible to vote for any Republican nominee for President and did not vote for Donald Trump in his critical primary race. He has no history of financial support of Republican candidates and no past of advocating for Republican values. In fact, Barnes has not pointed to one fact that proves he is a loyal Republican. Instead he chose to attack a private citizen, Michele Harrington.
Dave Harrington, the current mayor of Aliso Viejo and 28 year veteran of the Sheriff’s department is a lifelong member of the Republican Party and has both donated to and supported numerous Republicans causes over the years.
Copies of Barnes’ voter registration and the attack release sent by Barnes are attached to the message. (They are public record.)
Barnes continues to deceive the public with his latest release stunt. Let’s examine Barnes’ “facts” from his release:
Barnes said: “An email blast from Michelle Harrington, the wife of Dave Harrington, was sent out earlier today questioning my party affiliation and loyalty.”
Truth: Six individual emails were sent. No blast was sent. The Harrington campaign challenges Barnes to produce proof of such mass blast.
Barnes said: “To be clear, I am a Republican and have never voted otherwise.”
Truth: Barnes switched to Decline To State in 2011 and did not vote for at least two Republican Presidential nominees because he was ineligible. He re-registered in May of 2017, days before he announced his run for Sheriff.
Barnes said: “I changed my status to 'Decline to State' several years ago because I felt it was more appropriate at the time considering my law enforcement position and the requirement to work with leaders in both parties.”
Truth: If Barnes does not feel that management should have a party affiliation in the Sheriff’s department why re-register merely days before you pull papers to run for Sheriff?
Barnes said: “My frustration with actions by the Governor and Legislature in recent years to weaken our laws and allow thousands of dangerous criminals out of prison early led me to re-register as a Republican this year.”
Truth: Why did Barnes never speak out against harmful policies of the left such as AB109, Prop 47, Prop 57, proposing CA become a sanctuary state, AB 620 removal of criminal enhancement for using a gun in the commission of a crime and others as someone without a party affiliation?
Barnes said: “Making this information public, for her husband's political benefit, puts my family at risk and endangers our personal safety.”
Truth: Voter registration is public information. Michele Harrington did not, however, disseminate this public information in a blast format to a large list. The Harrington campaign stands behind Michele and her private emails to highlight that Don Barnes is a RINO pretending simply for crass political gain to win an office.
Barnes said: “Again, I have always voted Republican.”
Truth: That is simply a lie. Barnes was ineligible by law to vote in Presidential primaries. Barnes also has zero history of financially contributing prior to his run for Sheriff to Republican candidates or causes.
Sheriff candidate Dave Harrington said, “The next Sheriff must be a bold leader with a spine of steel who doesn’t change his positions depending on what is politically convenient. He must stand up and speak out against bad public policy that hurts our safety not just during an election cycle. Shame on Don Barnes for trying to deflect from his abysmal job as Undersheriff. The Sheriff’s department is a complete mess and he’s trying to distract from that fact by attacking my wife. While he’s attacking my wife, violent criminal are being released back onto our streets, homelessness continues to run rampant and our crime rate skyrockets.”
Harrington’s chief strategist John Thomas stated, “Don Barnes attempt to trick the public into believing he is a committed Republican is simply a desperate lie. To make matters worse, he is attacking Harrington’s wife, Michele, who served our country honorably as a marine and did nothing wrong. Republicans will smell this RINO miles away.”
“Voters deserve an honest Sheriff. Not one who will do or say anything to win an election. Don Barnes has a history of refusing to take a position - he refused to take a position on a party label just like he refused to speak out and take a position on disastrous legislation making the public less safe like AB109, Prop 47 and making California a sanctuary state. All the while he was working to run the department into the ground. With slippery politicians like Barnes, it is no wonder crime is out of control,” Thomas concluded.
ALISO VIEJO MAYOR AND 28-YEAR VETERAN OF THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, DAVE HARRINGTON ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF