Former Sheriff Announces Robert Kennedy Jr.’s Support for LA County Board of Supervisor Seat

A surprising endorsement was posted on Twitter as former LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr’s support (presumably) for his run for LA County Supervisor.


Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. in a video speaking to former LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.Photo byAlex Villanueva

The video of Kennedy Jr. speaking directly to Villanueva said: “I’m looking forward to seeing you and working with you.” It is unclear if he was referring to his potential new role as L.A. County Supervisor should he survive the March primary.

Kennedy did not use the word “endorse”, nor did he mention the Sheriff’s campaign specifically.

While Kennedy’s support is a much needed temporary shot in the arm the former Sheriff desperately needed, his fundraising efforts tell a different story – and the odds of him winning the coveted seat on the Board of Supervisors.

Last week, Villanueva’s current campaign finance woes were released showing the former head of the largest Sheriff’s Department in the country only has approximately $7800 cash with a few short weeks to go to the March 5th California primary.

According to The LA Times, who reported on Villanueva’s most recent fundraising report, he owes $17,000 to the firm running his campaign, TAB Communications and loaned himself $7,500.

As of Jan. 20, he had a little less than $7,800 cash on hand, the report said.

Villanueva has raised roughly $71,000 in cash so far, not including his loan.

Hahn, in stark comparison, has raised $617,000 in cash, with a little more than $300,000 on hand, according to her most recent campaign finance statement.

In 2022, Villanueva managed to raise a cool $2.9 million dollars after enlisting the services of top entertainment publicist Jessica Meisels.

But not even her 20-year career working with billionaire brands like the KardashiansNobu Hotels and Circ Vodka (just to name a few) and her efforts supporting the Sheriff wooing a good portion of the LA and Hollywood industry elite, could sway the outcome of his bid for re-election.

Meisels did her best to give Villanueva a Hollywood-style overhaul, but in the end, his highly contentious relationship with the Board of Supervisors, publicly and privately attacking his detractors, including well-known journalists, aliented a considerable amount of voters – and now – future donors.


Alex Villanueva and Jessica Meisels.Photo byFamilies for Public Safety

The relationship between Villanueva and Kennedy Jr. can be traced back to 2018, just days after Villanueva was sworn in as Sheriff of L.A. County. Villanueva attended his first community event in Malibu, shortly after the devastating Woolsey Fire.

Kennedy jr. was a resident on Point Dume at the time and spoke to residents and local and state officials at the Malibu Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Resources event with Villanueva.


Robert Kennedy Jr. speaking at the Malibu Emergency Preparedness meeting bat Duke’s after the Woolsey fire in December, 2018.Photo byCece Woods


Newly elected Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Chief Dennis Kneer and myself at the same meeting at Duke’s, December, 2018.Photo byCece Woods

Currently, Kennedy Jr. has been busy traveling the country campaigning for President of the United States where recent polls show him at 11%.


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Cece Woods

The Current Report Editor in Chief Cece Woods started The Local Malibu, an activism based platform in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of pro-preservation ballot measures and seating five top vote-getters in the Malibu City Council elections.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and a few short months later provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over one million hits across her social media platforms.

Since 2020, Woods was the only journalist reporting on the on-going public corruption involving former L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington. Woods worked with Political Corruption expert Adam Loew, DC Watchdog organizations and leaders in the Capitol exposing Washington which ultimately led to the withdrawal of his nomination to head the FAA.

Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

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