Sheriff Scott Jones Statement on 7th Congressional District Election

For Immediate Release
November 18, 2016
Contact: Dave Gilliard
Phone:916-626-6804

“A week and a half after the election, there have finally been enough votes counted to make it nearly impossible for me to overcome the deficit. As such, I conceded the election tonight to Congressman Bera. Although there were difficult aspects of the race, I do not regret running and am extremely proud of the campaign that we ran. My campaign staff and volunteers were of exceptional caliber. Thank you to everyone who voted for me, made calls for me, knocked on doors for me, gave money to me, or just supported me in any of a thousand other ways. Above all else, thank you to my family who endured the race with exceptional grace and support. I am proud to continue to have the opportunity to serve as your faithful Sheriff!”

Jones – Bera race in 7th Congressional District is too close to call

For Immediate Release
November 9, 2016
Contact: Dave Gilliard
Phone: 916-626-6804

Sacramento County, CA – The race in California’s 7th congressional district is too close to call, with an estimated 90,000 to 100,000 ballots left to count and Ami Bera ahead by just over one percentage point.

“I am very grateful to the voters of the 7th district. With so many ballots left to count, the race is far from over and it may not be until next week or later that we know the outcome. The most important thing is for every vote to be counted,” said Sheriff Scott Jones.

While Bera won early absentees, Scott Jones received approximately 53% of the votes cast on Election Day. The 90,000 to 100,000 ballots left to count either arrived by mail on Election Day, were dropped off at the polls on Election Day or were cast provisionally on Election Day. Ballots postmarked on Election Day that arrive by Monday, November 14, will be counted.

“We feel confident going into the final counting that Scott has an excellent chance of making up the current margin and emerging with a victory,” said Jones’ consultant Dave Gilliard.

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Ami Bera’s false ad could discourage rape victims from reporting crimes

For Immediate Release
November 1, 2016
Contact: Dave Gilliard
Phone: 916-626-6804

Sacramento County, CA – A political ad being aired by Congressman Ami Bera is not only false, it could discourage crime victims from reporting crime to local law enforcement. That’s the conclusion of former Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully and the Founder of Crime Victims United Harriet Salarno.

“The ad leaves the false impression that rape kits are not being processed,” said Scully. “This could lead to victims not having confidence in their local law enforcement and not reporting crimes.”

“The false ads being run by Ami Bera could have a chilling effect on crime victims,” said Harriet Salarno, Founder of Crime Victims United.  “We call on Ami Bera to immediately take these ads down, before more damage is done and more victims are discouraged from reporting crimes.”

Jan Scully, who served as Sacramento County’s District Attorney from 1995 to 2014, issued a detailed statement regarding the false ads from Bera.

“For over 20 years, Sacramento area law enforcement agencies, including the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, have had all sexual assault kits delivered directly to the Sacramento County Crime Laboratory from the hospital,” said Scully. “This is a collaborative and innovative procedure that has substantially streamlined the processing of sexual assault kits in Sacramento County.  With extremely rare exceptions, there are no rape kits “sitting on the shelves” and there have not been for more than two decades.”

Scully’s complete statement can be can be accessed HERE.

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Sheriff Jones says Iran’s latest ransom demand demonstrates why Bera is wrong and reckless on Iran and National Security

For Immediate Release
October 26, 2016
Contact: Dave Gilliard
Phone:916-626-6804

Sacramento County, CA — Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said today that news that Iran is demanding a cash payment of $4 million for another American taken hostage once again proves that those who voted for the dangerous Iran deal and subsequent votes in favor of giving cash to Iran – including Congressman Ami Bera on both counts – only emboldened the outlaw regime.

“As I’ve consistently said, Congressman Bera’s votes put Americans at greater risk and made the entire Middle East less safe,” said Sheriff Jones. “Rewarding an outlaw regime that sponsors terrorism with cash payments was both morally and strategically wrong, and places American’s around the world at greater risk. Ami Bera is reckless when it comes to protecting America and her allies.”

Congressman Ami Bera voted in favor of the Iran deal and recently opposed a bipartisan measure to stop cash payment to Iran. Sheriff Jones has always opposed the Iran deal and has said that sanctions were working and the U.S. should have toughened them.

United States Congressman Ed Royce, the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said that news that Iran is demanding at least $4 million for the safe return of a U.S. resident confirms fears that the Obama Administration’s cash payments to Iran have encouraged the outlaw regime to take more hostages.

“Just as I feared, the Iranian regime now has more American hostages and wants more money,” Congressman Royce said. “Iran should release all American hostages immediately and unconditionally.”

Sheriff Jones and Congressman Bera are locked in a tight battle for the 7th congressional district, a top target for both parties.

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Sheriff Scott Jones Issues Statement On Presidential Election

For Immediate Release
October 8, 2016
Contact: Dave Gilliard
Phone:916-626-6804

“Like many Americans, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in the last 24 hours reflecting on this presidential race, and like most I’m extremely disheartened by the choices we have been given. Both candidates in my estimation have significant character flaws, and I find that I share few values with either of them. It has been important to me during the course of this presidential campaign and my own to pursue conservative principles because I feel this country is on the wrong track. As such, despite the personal flaws of the candidate, I have been willing to support the Republican nominee chosen by the people to carry these principles to the White House.

“However, I have a wife, a mother, and two daughters. I have also spent my law enforcement career standing up for righteousness and giving a voice to those who are unable or unwilling to speak for themselves. Mr. Trump’s comments that were disclosed yesterday discuss conduct which is at best disgusting, and at worst criminal. I can no longer explain to my daughters why I am voting for Mr. Trump. As such, I will be voting for neither candidate for President. Each of us must look within ourselves and make the decision that is right for them, and I certainly respect differing viewpoints, but this decision is what is right for me.

“Now, perhaps more than ever, it is important to have a Congress that will stand up to the President when needed, whoever she or he might be. I want to assure voters that I will be that independent voice, and will continue to fight as I always have for the people that have entrusted me with their vote.”

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Sheriff Scott Jones leads Congressman Ami Bera by 5 points in new poll

For Immediate Release
October 4, 2016
Contact: Dave Gilliard
Phone: 916-626-6804

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA — Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones has surged to a five point lead over incumbent Congressman Ami Bera, according to a new poll in California’s 7th congressional district. The poll, conducted October 1-3 by Public Opinion Strategies, shows Jones leading Bera 47% to 42%.

A memo from Gene Ulm of Public Opinion Strategies can be viewed HERE.

“With voting about to start, Sheriff Jones is in a very strong position to win the 7th district,” said Jones’s campaign consultant Dave Gilliard. “The false and harshly negative attacks launched by Bera and his supporters on TV and in the mailbox, have not only failed to move voters, they have done further harm to Bera’s already shaky image with voters.”

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Sheriff Scott Jones calls Bera’s latest Iran vote Thursday night “wrong, weak and dangerous”

For Immediate Release
September 23, 2016
Contact: Dave Gilliard
Phone: 916-626-6804

Sacramento County, CA — Last night, Congressman Ami Bera voted to allow the Administration to continue making cash payments to Iran, including ransom payments for hostages being held by Iran’s terrorist-backing regime. Congressman Bera’s latest vote in support of transferring funds to Iran follows his initial vote in favor of the Iran Deal, which paved the way for such secret payments to be made.

“Funneling cash to the outlaw regime in Iran, the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism, is wrong, dangerous and demonstrates Congressman Bera’s weakness and complete lack of judgment on how to keep America and her allies safe,” said Sheriff Scott Jones. “The $400 million dollars in cash that the Administration shipped to Iran has now been widely exposed as a ransom payment and the Congressman’s vote last night was to allow more payments to terrorist sponsors like Iran.”

The bill’s sponsor is House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, who said: “the Obama Administration forked over a massive cash ransom to Iran, emboldening the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, putting more lives at risk. All of this was done in secret, hidden from the American people and from Congress. This bill will ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

“Why would Ami Bera want to continue making cash payments to Iran, that Secretary of State John Kerry has admitted will go to fund terrorist activities, is a question only he can answer,” said Sheriff Jones, “but it demonstrates a pattern of reckless voting that has made America and the world less safe.”

Fortunately, in spite of Congressman Bera’s opposition, the House of Representatives passed the “Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act” with bipartisan support. The bill prohibits cash payments to Iran and demands transparency in future settlements to ensure they are not used to pay ransom.

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones is challenging Congressman Ami Bera in California’s 7th district, one of the most watched races in the country. Sheriff Jones hosts the Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center and sits as Chair of the Central California Intelligence Center.

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Sheriff Jones calls on Bera to pull down false smear ad

For Immediate Release
September 16, 2016
Contact: Dave Gilliard
Phone: 916-626-6804

Statement from Sheriff Jones:

“Congressman Bera’s increasingly desperate campaign has sunk to a new low by airing an ad containing allegations that are not only 13 years old, but are patently false. I have denied these allegations repeatedly, including during testimony under oath. I have never been the subject of any internal complaint of misconduct of any kind during my 27-year career with the Sheriff’s Department, and have consistently opened up my personnel records for review.

“To repeat, these allegations are without merit, corroboration or evidence and I deny them in the strongest possible terms. The fact is that Congressman Bera has consistently run negative, deceptive and inappropriate campaigns, and has doubled down this time because of his own shortcomings and his precarious hold on the seat. I call on Bera to immediately pull down this false smear ad. Unfortunately, although we could hope for –and should expect– more from our elected officials, experience tells me to expect the worst from him throughout the next 53 days.”

“It should be very clear to the people of the Seventh District what is going on here. Congressman Bera’s flagging and increasingly desperate campaign is trying to shift the blame from his campaign’s own illegal — and felonious — behavior to smear someone who has spent 27 years protecting the people of his county,” said Jones’ campaign consultant Dave Gilliard. “It’s understandable. Congressman Bera’s laughable claims of ignorance while watching his father go to prison show the true character of this congressman. And it’s clear he understands that his only path to re-election is by smearing Sheriff Jones rather than making the case for himself.”

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Sheriff Scott Jones Releases First TV Ad

For Immediate Release
September 7, 2016
Contact: Dave Gilliard
Phone: 916-626-6804

TOP PRI

Sacramento County, CA — The first TV ad for Sheriff Scott Jones’ campaign for Congress began airing today on Cable Networks throughout the 7th Congressional district.

Called “Top Priority,” the ad features Jones speaking directly to voters and can be viewed HERE.

“Sheriff Jones wanted to speak directly to voters about an issue that he is passionate about, and that’s what this ad represents,” said campaign consultant Dave Gilliard. “The Sheriff’s entire career has been dedicated to public safety and his campaign for Congress is centered on the issue of security – both personal and economic. This ad represents his commitment to national security and public safety.”

The race in the 7th Congressional District is one of the most watched in the country, as the district is considered a true toss-up seat that can be won by either party. The district is nested entirely within Sacramento County including the cities of Folsom, Elk Grove, Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova. Sheriff Jones currently represents the entire 7th District as the popularly elected Sheriff of Sacramento County.

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