Fresh off the heels of Spy-PA Gate 2010, Bobby Lopez is throwing his hat in for another run at San Jose Police Officers’ Association president next fall.
Apparently, there is a great deal of dissatisfaction with the cop union’s current leadership—and Police Sgt. Lopez’s media-shy predecessor, George Beattie, in particular. There’s been a sense among the POA’s rank and file for awhile now that everything has gone to pot since the never-afraid-to-speak-his-mind Lopez stepped down.
Now, police officers are saying all they do is talk about concessions, and the times under the still popular Lopez’s tenure (before the brunt of city budget cuts) must be looking pretty rosy. Some POA members feel that they were stronger when Bobby was there championing their causes—oh yeah, and getting fed information from inside the Independent Police Auditor’s office must have been pretty sweet, too.
Lopez, who describes himself as “tanned, rested and ready” (a la Nixon in ’68) after his time off, still insists he was just looking out for his boys in blue regarding the IPA scandal.
He says he never received confidential information from his mole and characterizes the still-unknown leaker as a “whistle blower” who let him know about potentially “unethical” practices being perpetrated by former IPA head Barbara Attard.
And did we mention that Lopez and Beattie don’t exactly have the sort of relationship where they hang out brushing each other’s hair and gabbing about American Idol?
Lopez has been none too mum on his opinion that Beattie is a weak leader. On the flip side, Beattie probably doesn’t trust Lopez any farther then he can throw him. Either way, Fly is definitely looking forward to seeing these two butt heads next fall.