In campaign Facebook page, candidate compares Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri to Hitler
A candidate in the Pinellas Sheriff’s race recently launched a Facebook page against current Sheriff Bob Gualtieri that displays a photoshopped image of Gualtieri as Adolf Hitler.
James McLynas, 57, of Indian Shores, wrote in the page that he is “running for Sheriff to protest Robert Gualtieri’s corruption.”
McLynas was interviewed last month in a Tampa Bay Times story about cell phone tracking technology after records in a criminal case against him revealed the Sheriff’s Office is using that kind of equipment, which has raised Fourth Amendment concerns nationwide. McLynas’ first post on the new page is regarding this topic. He also criticized Pinellas deputies’ response to the crash that killed three teenage girls on March 31.
In recent years, he also reported several allegations against a Pinellas deputy, including that the deputy interfered with police investigations or court cases at the request of his estranged wife. The deputy, Paul Martin, was fired in 2013 during an unrelated investigation.
McLynas was also involved in the investigation of a Clearwater police lieutenant, who has since left the department, who improperly used a law enforcement database.
McLynas is not the only candidate running on the Republican ticket against Gualtieri. Josh Black filed to run last month and also maintains a website regarding the current sheriff called firesheriffbob.com.
According to county records, Black and McLynas, neither of whom have law enforcement experience, have not raised any money thus far. Gualtieri has raised $86,555.