Sacramento mayoral candidate touts serial killer's endorsement
Sacramento bounty hunter Leonard Padilla says convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine is endorsing him in this year's mayoral race.
Is this a plus or a minus in the race for mayor? Padilla thinks the endorsement is important.
"When you have a guy on death row endorsing you, you have to be somewhat proud of that," Padilla told FOX40 News.
Shermantine makes up one half of the “Speed Freak Killers,” said to be responsible for the murders of as many as 15 people in the 1980s and '90s. Shermantine’s partner was Loren Herzog, who committed suicide in January.
While most people running for office would try to avoid such an endorsement, Padilla is embracing it.
“If I go out here to the unions; if I go to the firemen and ask for their endorsement, they are going to want something in return. This man can't ask for anything in return," said Padilla.
Padilla has sent Shermantine thousands of dollars for information on victims’ bodies hidden throughout Northern California. He says Shermantine’s endorsement won’t hurt his campaign.
"I don't think it will have any backlash because there is nothing about the man that is a secret. He's up there because he killed people. He's giving up bodies, he's doing everything he can to absolve himself of further blame," Padilla.
Padilla is running against incumbent Mayor Kevin Johnson, retired insurance agent Richard Jones and Jonathan Rewers, Sacramento’s Parks and Recreation Commission chairman.
-- Ian McDonald, Fox 40
Photo: Leonard Padilla. Credit: Fox 40