LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva traded barbs with his political challenger, former Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, as the two faced off in a virtual debate.
Both candidates are working to persuade residents to vote for them in November.
“He would rather have eaten his own liver than go to Venice,” Villanueva said during the candidates’ forum, referring to Luna.
“Yes, there were several insults,” Luna said. “I’m used to that from him.”
The combative debate took place during a meeting of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council.
Villanueva and Luna exchanged criticism over Zoom for almost an hour.
“Just because you show up on the day of a cleanup with a cowboy hat and say you fixed everything, doesn’t mean you actually put your heart and soul into fixing it,” Luna told Villanueva.
The sheriff said, “He’s been to a lot of cocktail parties in ivory towers, spoken to politicians and bosses, oh yeah.”
The district councils were brought up again and again. Villanueva has maintained a combative relationship with the board for years and repeatedly insults him in public forums.
Luna accused the sheriff of biting the hand that sustains not just him but the entire county.
“If you call them names, they’re all women,” Luna said. “This man humiliated them all, told them he was threatening them and was taking them behind the shed. How do you talk like that to the people who put the wallet on your budget? And then you expect to provide the best service to residents of the county?
“The fact of the matter is that the sheriff’s department relies on the board for funding, and that’s about it,” Villanueva said. “Because when I go into 101 town halls, I speak directly to the community. I don’t have to rely on the panel hidden behind zoom and plexiglass.
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