Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Clinton Parish , running for Yolo Superior Court judge against incumbent Judge Dan Maguire, called Prieto’s reversal “unfortunate” and suggested the sheriff withdrew his endorsement under pressure from the Yolo bench.
The Parish mailer also prompted strong reaction from Dave Rosenberg, Yolo County’s presiding Superior Court judge.
“This sort of phlegm tends to backfire. It flies back in the face of the expectorant,” Rosenberg said. “It’s beneath the dignity of a candidate for judge.”
Prieto’s defection is a potentially damaging blow for Parish, a criminal prosecutor in the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office.
Parish has portrayed himself as the law-and-order candidate in the race for the bench, receiving endorsements from victims groups, Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig and the police officer associations of West Sacramento, Woodland and Winters.
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