It was late at night on May 20, and Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz was driving erratically, drunk as a skunk. A San Antonio Police officer pulled him over and gave the stumbling Ortiz a ride home. The clearly inebriated Ortiz was never charged. A scandalous bombshell plastered on the front page of the San Antonio Lightning website, it was sure to sink the Sheriff's chances of re-election in November.
Only one problem: it wasn't true.
The "tip" to the news website was a sign of just how desperate some opponents are to get rid of the embattled Sheriff, who is completing his first term in office. The incumbent pulled less than 44 percent of the vote in the May primary, where he faced four opponents. But he survived the July 31 runoff against Andy Lopez despite the pseudo-scandal. He now faces a well-funded Republican opponent.
At 66 years old, Susan Pamerleau looks great for her age and still has the firm, authoritative handshake of an Air Force Major General (retired) and the laser focus of a corporate executive from her days as a senior vice-president at USAA. I asked Pamerleau the question many people have posed in recent months: why would you run for Sheriff?