Eliseo Santana just sent me this mailer as a resident of Pinellas County.
Last month, he became the democratic candidate to challenge the incumbent Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
I would not normally comment on this, except earlier this year, Eliseo Santana also ran for Clearwater City Council against Mark Bunker.
Santana was a scientology shill in that election. (You can watch some of the videos of Santana in action at that link). Scientology is afraid of running any scientologist candidates — they know they will lose — so they try to curry favor with candidates by promising them their “support” in the form of a voting block, celebrity meet ups and donors.
Only a few are foolish enough to buy what scientology sells. In reality, they have few actual voters (many of the staff in Clearwater are immigrants brought from Eastern Europe or Southern and Central America with the promise of food, shelter and a visa to the US) and in the case of Santana could not even muster a couple of thousand votes to beat Mark Bunker. It was the ultimate proof that the large numbers scientology promises to turn out for local elections are as reliable as the number of members they claim, or how the millions they “help” every week. But they did provide him with “Dead Agent” material, which he foolishly used.
The guy was unapologetic about his role as a scientology shill — unfortunately that speaks volumes about his astonishing lack of judgment.
So, having lost the City Council election, he moved on to the next one. He beat one democratic challenger in the primary to become the sole candidate running against the incumbent Sheriff. He is unlikely to get much traction in this race except for those who will “vote blue” up and down the ticket as a “statement” and make no effort to determine what any candidate represents other than their party affiliation. In that regard, he is still unlikely to win, but his chances are increased in this typically 50/50 Republican/Democratic county in this highly polarized election.
If you are a voter in Pinellas County, even a registered Democrat, I ask you not to vote for Eliseo Santana. Once a scientology shill, always a scientology shill.
I can think of nothing worse than a soft-on-scientology sheriff in the county where the scientology “spiritual headquarters” is located.
It was bad enough that Pam Bondi was the FL Atty General and publicly supported scientology. This guy has proven himself even more foolish by actively using scientology talking points and D/A packs to attack his opponent. And I also note, though he worked for the Sheriff’s office, he has no LAW ENFORCEMENT experience. Electing him as Sheriff makes about as much sense as appointing the janitor Head of Surgery because he cleans the halls outside the operating theater.