Los Angeles Democrats finally elected their first sheriff. Four years later, they have buyer’s remorse.

"There’s a feeling of deep regret among some Democrats who propelled Villanueva, a former department watch commander who ran for sheriff in 2018, to power and celebrated his victory as a win for criminal justice reform", said Mark Gonzalez, chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.

“The same people that helped fund and put you forward in 2018 are the same people that you’re criticizing,” Gonzalez said of Villanueva. “My mama taught me ‘don’t bite the hand that feeds you,’ and that’s the first thing you’re doing.”


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