For a case with a gag order, the rallying cries for 5th District Supervisor Leticia Perez were loud Tuesday morning, as supporters marched the politician accused of two misdemeanors to work.
Not long after sunrise, dozens of supporters of Supervisor Leticia Perez were preparing signs.
They welcomed the sitting supervisor, who faces criminal accusations of knowingly having a financial interest in her husband’s marijuana work, when she voted last fall to bring the marijuana industry to Kern.
For months, Perez has declined to be interviewed on the subject.
We asked if Perez felt she had been transparent on the issue dogging the politician for months.
“Mr. Freeman, there’s a gag order in place, you know I cannot talk about this case. I appreciate your questions they’re good and fair questions, but I’m under a court order from this courthouse, here that does not allow me to talk about the facts of the case,” Perez responded.
“They are trying to criminalize her for standing up for her constituents, for standing up and voting the way her people want her to vote, well you know what we’re not gonna take that right?” asked labor rights icon Dolores Huerta at the rally.
Perez marched arm in arm with Huerta.
Perez’s message to critics?
“We are a unified community, honor our institutions of justice, and stand together,” said Perez.
When Perez got to the county building, her father Pastor Victor Perez blessed the supervisor as admirers prayed.
“In 50 years from now, they’ll be talking about us, because we will have been on the right side of history,” said Perez in the county building atrium.
The animation did not stop inside supervisor chambers.
Supervisor Perez pleaded not guilty to all charges of wrongdoing.