The saying goes: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. But in politics, if you can’t join ‘em, buy ‘em. That’s exactly what San Jose City Council candidates Rose Herrera and Johnny Khamis did in a recent slate mailer to boost their public safety cred. Herrera has taken a beating from the Police Officers Association in her re-election campaign, and to combat the negative attack ads she recently spent $926 on an endorsement from the COPS Voter Guide. Joining Herrera was Khamis, who spent $1,031 on the slate mailer and is running against POA-endorsed Robert Braunstein in Almaden. All that’s required for the voter guide’s endorsement is money and an empty pledge to support public safety. (David Ginsborg, a candidate for a county Water District seat, also signed on for $1,200. Why a water board member needs to be seen as big on public safety is beyond us.) While one could argue the candidates are trying to get over on voters who don’t know the difference between real and purchased public safety support, it seems the smartest men in the room are the voter guides’ organizers, Barry Wyatt and Kelly Moran. If those two names sound familiar, it’s because they’re the guys who were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in 2008 to send out slate mailers supporting Prop. 8, which at the time banned gay marriage in California. Moran, of course, is gay and married, proving that morals can easily shrink in the shadow of the almighty dollar. In their quest to make moola, the two men have put together an epic cast of contradictions in this year’s COPS Voter Guide. The endorsement of Khamis, a Republican, lines up almost side by side with a “Yes” endorsement of Prop 30, Gov. Jerry Brown‘s proposed sales and income tax increase.