- “The sheriff is the ultimate power in America,” claims David Hurley, a Trump supporting Democratic Party candidate running to be the Buncombe County sheriff in 2022.
- Hurley described a “constitutional sheriff,” as a super authority who would reign supreme over all law enforcement, mayors, county commissioners, governor, and even the president.
- Only as a “constitutional sheriff,” Hurley said, can he “make sure that everything is right.”
“Under a Carolina-blue sky, shaded by the oaks framing Pack Square, the small crowd formed a loose, attentive circle around a man speaking and gesticulating with the fervor of a revivalist. This was David Hurley, 37, a candidate to become the Buncombe County sheriff in 2022.
But, he told the crowd, he wouldn’t be your typical sheriff.
Hurley described a “constitutional sheriff,” a kind of super authority who would reign supreme over all law enforcement, more powerful than mayors, county commissioners, the governor and — when it came to local matters — even the president.
“The sheriff is the ultimate power in America,” Hurley declared, pacing inside the circle. “It’s been the best-kept secret that they didn’t want to get out. Even sheriffs that are in the seat today don’t know the power that they have.”
Hurley’s hair was cut “high and tight” as it had been in the Marine Corps, and he held his muscled, athletic figure ramrod straight. The listeners, about 200 in all, seemed a cross-section of Asheville’s white population…”
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