Kreep believes ‘people are tired of the downtown boys’
By Karen Brainard
In a close race that proved predictions wrong, Ramona attorney Gary Kreep has won his race for Superior Court judge.
Kreep was beating opponent Garland Peed by 1,572 votes with about 1,000 ballots left to be counted, as of June 21.
“I feel very blessed by God,” Kreep said.
The conservative attorney said he attributes his win to God’s intervention and his campaign manager and friend, the late James Sills.
Sills, 62, died of a heart attack on June 9.
Kreep said Sills was so well-respected that the San Diego County Board of Supervisors held a moment of silence for him at its June 20 meeting.
According to Kreep, forecasts had shown him losing by a margin of 10-20 points because Peed had the backing of the “downtown crowd and liberals.”
Peed, a 27-year prosecutor in the San Diego County District Attorney’s office, was endorsed by Mayor Jerry Sanders, Congressman Brian Bilbray, law enforcement officials, and County Supervisors Ron Roberts and Greg Cox, among others.
Kreep said his endorsements included State Sen. Joel Anderson and conservative and Tea Party activists.
“I think people are tired of the downtown boys,” he said. Kreep added that he believes voters are “sick and tired of the establishment and status quo. I think there’s a lot of anti-government, anti-establishment feeling.”
Kreep’s win has gained national attention because of his many high profile cases, including challenging the birth certificate of President Obama and whether Obama is eligible to be president in what has been known as the “birther” case. The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined that case, Kreep said, but he has taken on two other cases. In those cases, he is representing presidential candidates Edward Noonan and John Dummett, who are suing California Secretary of State Debra Bowen to force her to verify the eligibility of every presidential candidate.
Kreep is also the lead attorney in the civil case involving Sgt. Gary Stein, the U.S. Marine who was dismissed for criticizing President Obama on Facebook.
The 61-year-old Kreep has been the executive director of the Ramona-based U.S. Justice Foundation, a nationwide, nonprofit, conservative, legal foundation, for the past 33 years. Kreep said he will search for a new executive director to step in after he is sworn in as judge, which is scheduled for January 2013.
Kreep said he would like to be assigned to family law court. He said he was abused as a child which led to his interest in protecting women and children from abuse.
During his 36 years as an attorney, Kreep said he has had experience in every area of law.
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