After just over three years on the job, City of Cleveland Police Chief Mark Bradshaw is resigning his position effective June 1st. Remember that date and calculate the odds of it being a coincidence as we explain how this is all part of a political scheme to assure Henry Patterson has a power base in law enforcement.
Bradshaw’s resignation is a welcomed event, but only if it helps Cleveland improve the quality of law enforcement they have had in this century. Days before Bradshaw’s resignation, “Chatterbox” (a/k/a/ Eddie Shauberger), Henry Patterson’s political guru, was out running his mouth and trying to impress a few people with his connection to the movers and shakers in Cleveland. He was bragging about how Chief Bradshaw’s resignation cleared the way for Sheriff Patterson to become the part of the Cleveland Police Department again if Patterson’s re-election bid continued to go poorly. Almost like local Charlie Sheen, Chatterbox was declaring victory even after voters express in large numbers how much they want a different sheriff.
“Winning!” seems to be what the handful of rich business men and Chatterbox and all of the Outsiders are saying. The timing of Bradshaw’s resignation is perfect for Patterson if these men really have the power over the people of Cleveland like they say they do. After the votes are counted May 29th Patterson will lose and all of the men he has imported with troubling records from Harris County law enforcement will need a job. And lo and behold! Cleveland needs a police chief. And a police force. Problem solved – according to Patterson’s people.
Months ago Chatterbox said Cleveland voters would be made to vote for Henry Patterson regardless of anything they heard or saw. Confident and smug, he told us all his people had to do to get support for Patterson in the Cleveland community was to talk about how the South part of Liberty County never has cared about Cleveland. He laughed and said nothing could stop Patterson.
Well, he was wrong. Patterson will lose the Sheriff’s race. But Patterson unusual campaign tactic of campaigning almost exclusively in the north part of the county will help Chatterbox and company sell Cleveland on the idea that the people in the south are somehow against them. It is not true, but it is the type of divide and conquers strategy we see Obama use all of the time. Because he has some serious stains on his otherwise unimpressive record as Sheriff, people in the south part of the county have had no real reason to consider voting for him. Since we rarely see or hear from him, he has not changed many minds down here.
But he has run hard up north. He has had to. He has to try and overcome the memory of his last days as Assistant Police Chief in Cleveland when he was one of three people with a key to the evidence room and hundreds of guns came up missing (and Patterson’s buddy went to prison for a few years as the feds came in and prosecuted). He has to work hard to get his Cleveland numbers up since revelations were made public that he knew about former Phil Fitzgerald’s FEMA fraud early on and refused to pursue it.
Patterson’s people have redefined “winning”. I am sure they still would love for Patterson to win the sheriff’s race, but if not they desperately need big numbers in the Cleveland area. Then they can point southward and say, “It is us against them. Let’s show them they can’t do Henry this way. Let’s hire him back in our police department”.
Liberty Dispatch believes the voters will win the Sheriff’s race by giving Bobby Rader a majority. We believe he is simply the best candidate for the job. Liberty Dispatch also believes it is the taxpayers in the Cleveland area that will have to stop Chatterbox and his people from choosing their next Police Chief. We believe there would be some fine candidates apply if given an opportunity. But it is the people of Cleveland who will decide who are “winning”… and if they will be manipulated. We have not verified if Patterson has plans to resign the day after he loses the Sheriff’s race and accept the Chief of Police job in Cleveland – he may or may not have that kind of pull. Or he may have it set up for a friend to get that job, a friend that is ready to hold the door open and let him and Harry Kelly back in the evidence room for more guns grabs.