STOCKTON - No one who follows Stockton politics would have been surprised to see a Facebook post from Mayor Anthony Silva less than 24 hours after five people were murdered Saturday.
But the message wasn't one of condolences; it was political.
"Don't believe incumbent city council members when they come to your door or mail you flyers saying things are getting better. In the last 24 hours we have had 5 homicides in 3 non related incidents. Please help me help Stockton. Vote for new city council members. Fire the incumbents and spread the word," wrote the mayor.
Silva isn't apologizing for that post.
"I'm passionate about this city and fighting crime. It's a big deal to me. I'm going to continue to be vocal," Silva said on Tuesday.