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Politician Accused of Attempted Murder, Rape, and Pimping Considers Run for Local City Council
Sometimes candidates have skeletons in the closest, and some, like Moreno Valley school board member Mike Rios, have a couple of skeletons out in the open before the race even begins. Rios, who is considering a run for City Council in Moreno Valley, happens to be facing "criminal charges of attempted murder, rape, pimping and pandering," reports the L.A. Times.Rios, who the L.A. Weekly dubbed the "sketchiest school-board member of all time" earlier this year, was charged with attempted murder in February after allegedly firing his gun at two men with whom he'd had a nasty confrontation that same night at a local bar.
Appearing in court for that case, Rios attested he'd "done nothing but represent the people with truth and honesty,” adding: "I solemnly swear to obey the law or resign my seat in office.”
But Rios, who has yet to be recalled or resign from the school board, was hit with accusations of rape, pimping, and pandering in April. Some of the girls he allegedly recruited to be prostitutes were minors, notes the Times.
Even then, however, Rios didn't resign. In fact, he asked to be bought out of his post on the school board.
Rios has taken out papers to file for the race to fill Moreno Valley's District 1 council seat, but has until August 9 to submit them; his court appearance on the most recent charges is scheduled for August 10.
Unfortunately for Rios, if he does go ahead with the campaign, he won't likely have his wife smiling by his side: She was recently deported to El Salvador after being rounded up in a sweep of illegal immigrants who had been convicted of crimes. "She has been targeted for arrest based on a prior felony drug conviction, which led to her deportation in the late 1990s, officials said," according to the Press-Enterprise.
The Democratic Club of Moreno Valley, who refused to endorse Rios in 2008 for the District 3 city council race, is working to gather signatures to recall Rios from the school board.
From the Times: "He will stop at nothing to get on that City Council," said Nina Hiers, president of the Democratic Club of Moreno Valley. "Because of all the allegations, we want to make sure that the city of Moreno Valley is protected from a candidate like this."
On his website, called "The Real Mike Rios," In an April posting (filled with grammatical errors and a misspelling of "Satan" as "satin"--a bit troubling for a school board member, no?) touts his love of Jesus and bemoans his being targeted unfairly. Here it is, in full:
MY STATEMENT TO THOSE WHO VOTED AND PUT THERE FULL TRUST IN ME, AND TO ALL OF MY SUPPORTERS! My attorney’s have instructed me not to discuss anything about the (2) cases pending against me in the Riverside Court. I will abide to their request, although I don’t agree fully because the facts are not being reported in the “THE PRESS ENTERLIES” I will abide to their request.
My current situation is nothing more and nothing less then ” Political Assassination” to the fullest degree! In this time and age “Christians” and those who believe in “God” are being attacked in record numbers as we approach “The End of Days”. My only true crime I’ve committed is severing my “Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and The People of Moreno Valley” If you even want to call that a crime, but “Satin and his followers that are many see that as the biggest crime one can commit. When I arrived to Moreno Valley with my family back in 2003 the first thing I heard by my new neighbor who was a resident of Moreno Valley since 1988 said to me and I never forget it. He said why did you move to this city and I replied I really don’t know why the Lord just made it my path and he replied that’s funny because the Devil controls and his presence is all over our city and he ended by saying “good luck to you and your family”. As time went by I noticed that my neighbor was not kidding when he made those statements to me. That’s why in 2007 I decided to run for council and do something about it! Little did I know back then that it would lead me to my very own real life story of “David and Goliath”. For those of you who believe that ” Jesus Christ is your Savior” you know what I’m talking about! Our Lord has a plan for you and he has a plan for me, and I will continue to follow his plan even if it costs me my “Freedom or Life” doing it! I want to assure you that all (16) allegations that is being brought against me are false and untrue as my “LORD” is a witness to what I did do and didn’t do. I pray for all my enemies and those that attack me that the Good Lord forgives them for when they attack me they attack Jesus and his name. I will continue to fight! In the name of “Jesus” and for The People of Moreno Valley. I want to thank as those who sent there will wishes and prayers for the Rios family thank you so much and God bless you for doing so. I have a huge battle in front of me, but with your support and Jesus on my side it’s not over till Christ says it’s over. A scripture in the bible that I recommend that is almost identical to my current situation that my life is going through is Psalms chapter 35 versus 1 through 28 read it I think you’ll enjoy it. May God forgive all those who do the devils work and those who persecute the innocent on behalf of the devil. May God Bless us all in his holy name “Jesus Christ”.
In God I Trust