Alex Valdez, president of the Fairfield Police Officers Association, talks with Krishan Abrams outside the courthouse in Fairfield, Friday. Hundreds of police, sheriff's deputies and firefighters have endorsed Abrams in the upcoming district attorney contest. (Adam Smith/Daily Republic)

Solano County

Endorsement moves change tone of Solano DA race

By From page A1 | April 05, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Hundreds of police, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters have endorsed veteran prosecutor Krishna Abrams in the upcoming district attorney contest.

The announcement Friday afternoon on the steps of the courthouse included a rebuke to District Attorney Donald A. du Bain from the 120 members of the Solano County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. The group jumped ship from du Bain and threw its support to Abrams.

As recently as February, the association had contributed money to du Bain’s campaign and their name was near the top of a list of endorsers du Bain included in his first campaign mailer.

Adding to the affront, the Vacaville Police Officers Association withdrew its previous endorsement for du Bain. The association was also prominently positioned in du Bain’s campaign flier. The Vacaville Police Officers Association has opted to stay on the fence for the June 3 election, a move shared by the Vallejo Police Officers Association.

The withdrawal of law enforcement support and the support going to Abrams leaves du Bain with no law enforcement support in his election bid.

Several members of the Fairfield Police Officers Association joined together briefly with Abrams at the rally, adding their 95 members to the list of her new endorsers. Firefighters Local 1186, which represents firefighters of Fairfield, Cordelia, Vallejo, Benicia and Rio Vista, also added their support to Abrams’ campaign, which is less than a month old. The Dixon Firefighters Association also joined in with its endorsement of Abrams.

“This is the first time in local politics that the various law enforcement associations have come together to support one candidate,” said Solano Deputy Sheriffs’ Association president Ken Kramer. “In the past we might have all agreed on the same candidate but this show of unity is unprecedented.”

Abrams called the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association switch of support from du Bain to her campaign “courageous” and she thanked the crowd of other supporters from associations from around the county for their endorsements.

“I promise to make ethics and integrity my number one priority,” Abrams said.

After the announcements, du Bain commented on the turn of events.

“I will continue to work closely with law enforcement,” du Bain said. “My number one priority is continuing to take criminals off our streets so that the residents of our community can feel safe in their homes and in their neighborhoods.”

Campaign coalition

Friday’s campaign event included endorsements for Abrams from the following law enforcement and firefighting organizations:

  • Solano County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association
  • Solano County Law Enforcement Management Association
  • Solano County Sheriffs Custody Association
  • Solano Probation Peace Officer Association
  • Benicia Police Officers Association
  • Dixon Police Officers Association
  • Dixon Professional Firefighters Association
  • Fairfield Police Officers Association
  • Rio Vista Police Officers Association
  • Suisun City Police Officers Association
  • Vacaville Police Management Association
  • Firefighters Local Union – IAFF 1186

Campaign coffers

In politics, endorsements are one thing and money is another.

In the first week of Abrams’ campaign, she raised more than $4,000, a healthy sum for the start of a local campaign. In contrast, du Bain raised nearly $7,000 since January, according to election records for the most recent filing period.

However, du Bain started this past week by giving his campaign $30,000. The donation supplements the nearly $80,000 left over from a 2010 loan of $99,000 du Bain made to his campaign before he was first elected district attorney. The sizable loan frightened off any potential opponent for what ended up being an uncontested race.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • Bill of RightsApril 05, 2014 - 1:07 am

    Rut Rooo Shaggy, this election just got real interesting. All, but 3 law enforcement associations have endorsed Abrams. And the 3 will not endorse du Bain. Speaks volumes about the perception if du Bain in the law enforcement community. Wow!! Abrams got Solano County DA!

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  • Bill of RightsApril 05, 2014 - 7:14 am

    Meant to say, Abrams FOR Solano County DA. Darn auto correct!

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  • The MisterApril 05, 2014 - 7:24 am

    Fight Corruption! Vote Out Incumbents!! (remember that for next time, Krishna Abrams)

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  • leonardApril 05, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    @The Mister, my dilemma is, how does the entire picture play out when I last checked, the DSA President is Ferrara"s brother-law???

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  • Curious ObserverApril 05, 2014 - 7:54 pm

    Leonard, I thought we established in another thread that the Deputy Sheriff's Association president is elected by the members of the association? It seems to me that the general membership had no issues with electing someone to be their president regardless of the relationship. Are you trying to indicate there is corruption in the election process of the association? If that is the case, wouldn’t that include a corrupt system when you were elected to the presidents position also? You really seem to be making comments to stir controversy when there doesn’t seem to be any evidence to support your accusations. You can answer a question for me though. I was told by someone up until the time that Mr. Toler was disqualified for the ballot that you were an avid supporter of his. Is that true?

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  • Rich GiddensApril 05, 2014 - 8:11 am

    Regardless of who gets elected, Solano County is deeply mired in deep DuDuBain scandals for malicious prosecutions, coaching witness testimony, suborning perjury, altering previously concluded scientific findings without legally sufficient cause or reason. Why wait Mr. DuBain, sir? Resign now!

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  • MystifiedApril 05, 2014 - 8:30 am

    Of course the sheriff's department changed course and supported her. Her boyfriend is a detective in the department. She says she wants to bring back ethics to the DA's office. That's a joke. Abrams is one of the sleaziest attorneys in Solano County. The sheriff's hiring and handling of Hogan led to all of this. No doubt Abrams knew of the investigation of Hogan since her boyfriend is an investigator in that department. Did she tell the defense. Nope. Yet she wants to claim to have superior ethics. Please.

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  • Bill of RightsApril 05, 2014 - 8:37 am

    And the mud slinging begins! I find it hard to believe that Abrams is considered a sleazy attorney when she has been responsible for prosecuting the toughest cases in Solano County. And then she receives an award from the State Bar Assoc for best in her business. C'mon slinger, gots to bring more than just rumblings about her private life. Last I checked, Abrams has never even been mentioned in this Du Bain, Ferrar, Hogan affair.

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  • Samuel CookeApril 05, 2014 - 9:30 am

    Krishna Abrams is running for DA on an ethics platform?!?!? I feel like I've fallen down the rabbit hole. At least DuBain recognized that there were problems & tried to make some changes. Krishna Abrams (the sleaziest of the Solano county DA's) is a win-at-any cost DA who has never shied away from breaking the rules & trampling on the rights of SOLANO county residents. The idea that she'll be in a position to spread her kind of misguided & dishonest practices is just scary. By the way, when is this paper going to formally acknowledge/disclose that the reporter covering & providing favorable press for Ms Abrams is a longtime friend of hers & is far, far from objective.

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  • SteveApril 05, 2014 - 10:08 am

    Something is up. This article is very heavy handed. If Mr. Sullivan is a personal friend of Ms. Abram's, it calls into question his objectivity. This article is far from objective. It reads like a campaign piece. Where is the article regarding the Deputy DA Association endorsing DuBain?

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  • The MisterApril 05, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Steve, didn't you mean to say, "Where is the article regarding the Deputy DA Association CIRCLING THE WAGONS TO PROTECT THE CORRUPTIOIN OF DuBain"?

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  • LeonardApril 05, 2014 - 3:08 pm

    The Deputy Sheriff's Association Represents Deputy Sheriff's and the DA investigators.

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  • SteveApril 05, 2014 - 10:28 pm

    No. The endorsement of the DA's is just as much a news story as this. Your continued rants about "corruption" are baseless, simplistic and without any semblance of proof.

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  • Curious ObserverApril 05, 2014 - 9:48 am

    Mystified, it is my understanding that the pathologist was hired by the previous Sheriff. The current Sheriff, once alerted to possible issues with the pathologist, ordered an internal investigation and, based on the findings, gave her the option to retire or be fired from the position. The pathologist chose to retire at that point. Based on that, I do not agree with your position that the current Sheriff's hiring and handling of the pathologist is the cause of the issue. Also, it was my understanding that the investigation was done by a retired captain. Are you indicating that this retired captain is Abrams boyfriend? If that is the case, please confirm that information as that might be relevant.

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  • leonardApril 05, 2014 - 4:03 pm

    @ Curious Observer, would it change your opinion or make a difference "if" the sitting Sheriff was the one who (hypothetically speaking), hired Dr. Hogan? I keep hearing some say that the former Sheriff hired her. Does anyone know for sure...Maybe it's an area that needs to be explored.

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  • Curious ObserverApril 05, 2014 - 5:02 pm

    Leonard, I have read that the pathologist had been employed for around three years and the current Sheriff just took over the position earlier this year. You are right, it is an assumption on my part, based on that information, that it was the former sheriff that was the one that hired her. Although I might be wrong, normally it is a department head that makes the final decision on hiring. At least that is my experience. As for my other question, local knowledge answered it. It is not the retired captain who did the investigation who is Abram's boyfriend.

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  • MDSApril 05, 2014 - 10:27 am

    Just so you know, the Sheriff's Department did not change course on this. The Sheriff's Department is a law enforcement agency run by the Sheriff. Who changed course is the Deputy Sheriff's Association. That is an employee group.

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  • The MisterApril 05, 2014 - 10:32 am

    Right, MDS, because the institution of the Sheriff's Office will continue to support their corrupt counterpart to keep their secrets well hid.

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  • MDSApril 05, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    Seems to me like no matter who steps up to run for anything there will be people who will line up to call them corrupt.

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  • Spin DoctorApril 05, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    Mystified, you clearly are casting aspersions against Abrams' character without any factual basis. Reread the article, du Bain has not one law enforcement agency supporting him. Ms. Abrams boyfriend certainly isn't employed at every law enforcement agency in the county. These agencies are supporting her because she is the best candidate.

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  • Honest AbeApril 05, 2014 - 9:01 am

    If Abrams is so sleazy, why are all of the defense attorney's endorsing her. duBain asked for endorsements from defense attorney's and 12 of them told him NO. Then he said he would never accept endorsements from defense attorneys. duBain doesn't even live here. He owns a home here because he has enuf money to do so, but he actually lives in SF.

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  • boomApril 05, 2014 - 9:17 am

    @honestAbe-I think you answered your own question. Why is she a sleazy candidated? taking money form defense attorneys.

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  • CuriousApril 05, 2014 - 9:35 am

    What does that have to do that she has a Boyfriend , and that he is a Detective. We need change.

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  • Curious ObserverApril 05, 2014 - 10:50 am

    Well, if, and I say"if because I have not got a response back yet confirming the information, but if the retired captain is Abrams boyfriend and he was feeding her information from the investigation, that would appear to me unethical and worth noting. Whether we need a change will be determined by each individual who will cast their vote. Don't presume, by saying "we need change", that you are speaking for everyone. I for one, like to gather all the information and make a informed decision before casting my vote. .

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  • Rich GiddensApril 05, 2014 - 11:45 am

    Sun Tzu say-----highest order of battle, shot never fired! Enemy destroy themselves!

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  • Spin DoctorApril 05, 2014 - 12:49 pm

    To win the overwhelming support of the law enforcement community, Abrams has clearly impressed with her integrity, record, and acumen as a prosecutor. This endorsement amounts to a vote of no confidence for incumbent du Bain. du Bain has had 3 years to win over the jury. The verdict is no thank you!

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  • Speak On ItApril 05, 2014 - 1:52 pm

    You got that right, Spin Doctor!

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  • Local KnowledgeApril 05, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    I have been an attorney in this county for a long, long time. I couldn't agree more with comments made by Samuel Cooke. Krishna Abrams, ethics, and integrity in the same sentence is like going down the rabbit hole. Krishna's boyfriend is not the captain that did the investigation, but he is a detective in the Sheriff's Department so you could not convince me that she did not know about the Hogan investigation and did nothing wrong. Yes Steve, Jess Sullivan is a longtime friend of Krishna Abrams. No one in the legal community can dispute that. And yes, the articles written by Mr. Sullivan over the last couple of months have only served to help Krishna announce a candidacy and gain support. What is interesting is she took out papers to run for judge against the newly appointed judge in Solano. According to someone close to her in the DA's office, another judge asked her not to run. She then decided to run for DA around the same time Jess Sullivan starting writing his one sided article. That is no surprise though because that is how she operates in the courtroom. What is also interesting and was never reported by the Daily Republic was that just about a month ago, her campaign manager came under fire in the courtroom for trying to dissuade a police officer from testifying for the defense in a child molest case. I think the Solano County community should be very careful about electing Krishna Abrams into office. There is a lot more professional baggage that has not been exposed, but it is not my place to do that.

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  • Just state factsApril 05, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    Local knowledge I find it hard to believe you are an attorney. Even if she knew (which I doubt) about an investigation on Hogan, why would a Deputy DA say anything until the investigation was complete and public. Why would any attorney (if you are an attorney) make a decision on guilt or innocence based on a investigation, and spread your opinion? In regards to defense attorneys supporting her, I believe that was in response to false allegations stated earlier that she tramples on the rights of citizens. I never heard or read that she accepted money from defense attorneys only their support that she is a fair prosecutor.

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  • Speak On ItApril 05, 2014 - 1:49 pm

    Local Knowledge- your whole litany of made up facts is one of distraction from any real issues in this campaign. So what if Sullivan IS friends with Abrams? Does that change the fact that Abrams is being supported by all of law enforcement as reported? You are picking on her personally, because you know you cannot attack her credentials. Law enforcement knows she is the best candidate as will the rest of the county.

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  • Curious ObserverApril 05, 2014 - 8:06 pm

    Local Knowledge, thank you for answering my question about the retired captain, and for pointing out a connection between Jeff Sullivan and Krishna Abrams. I have said it before, I felt that Sullivan was writing the articles to create controversy for the sole purpose of selling papers. Now you indicate an ulterior motive. Very interesting. Again, I question the journalist integrity of that reporter.

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  • General Fadi BasemApril 05, 2014 - 11:13 pm

    Local: Just some notes on your post. 1) No revelent evidence has been admitted about anybody’s boyfriend. Not even yours. 2) KA and JS friends? Submitted. 3) Your next azzirtion is puzzling...starting at "What is interesting" and ending at "she operates in the courtroom". So she decided on or about April 5 to not run for Judge? Check your time line there "Counselor". 4) My impression on how she operates in the courtroom: She convicts the defendant on all charges. And that's the name of that tune. 5) Unfounded allegations about another excellent member of the DA office were ignored by the judge not too long ago. As your babblings should be today. I have in a recent posting suggested why some members of the local defense bar have been enthusiastic supporters of KA. I'm thinking that once she is elected DA, you will be asking those same defense attorneys for a referral to their emergency proctologist.

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  • Horse's mouthApril 13, 2014 - 11:57 am

    Local knowledge, you are absolutely right about another judge asking Abrams not to run for judge. Guess who that judge was?! Yep, Dan Healy! I know this because Dan Healy said so in front of me! Any coincidence that this judge is now blasting the DA's office? I think not.

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  • Honest AbeApril 05, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    The bottom line is that nobody thinks DuBain is competent. Law Enforcement and. The defense never agree on anything, except that DuBain should not be re elected. There ya have it

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  • Reality CheckApril 05, 2014 - 4:30 pm

    The defense only supports Abrams because they want to be able to control the DA's office. If they can't, they say the Da is incompetent, just like they did with Paulson. They ran all over him talking about how terrible he was. Sad part is they will probably do it to Abrams too. They can't help themselves.

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  • JimboApril 05, 2014 - 10:32 pm

    There is a current 2nd degree murder case pending where duBain's people have been accused a prosecutorial misconduct. And that is just the 1 case I have been following.

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  • Fly on the wallApril 05, 2014 - 6:49 pm

    Abrahams is not to be trusted, and it seems that the workers in the voter Regastration office also have little values. Its well known that she missed her filing date ( did not get it compleed untill after the 5pm deadline), yet was allowed to stay on the ballet. How do you trust somone like that?

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  • Reality CheckApril 05, 2014 - 9:27 pm

    Just like they don't care that she really lives in Davis

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  • JimboApril 05, 2014 - 10:29 pm

    I have got to say that mailer duBain's people sent out, the snide look of contempt on Don's face had to be a great campaign tool for Abrams.

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