Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 | 11:02 p.m.
Beth Chapman, wife of Duane Chapman, aka “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” is here in Las Vegas seeking the presidency of the National Bail Bonds Association. The professional bail agents’ winter conference is underway at the Luxor for four days, with voting set for Wednesday.
The association represents 15,000 bail agents across America. The reality-TV star told me: “While you guys are asleep at night, we’re out working picking up bad guys all around the country.” She’s been in the bail-bond business for nearly 30 years and says she has captured the biggest of the bad guys.
Today in her debate, she’s fighting jail reform: “It’s a hot topic at all of the national presidential debates. We’re basically on the other end of that stick. Whatever they decide to do with jail reform ultimately affects us. A profession that has been on the books for over 200 years is in serious, serious jeopardy.
“Good people work their whole lives to earn most things, and someone comes and steals them because they’re on drugs. It’s critical to the election that they all pick someone who has a voice, who is their own person, someone who is known for fighting crime and being an advocate for victims and citizens of the United States. That girl is me.”
Beth spoke today at the candidates luncheon where she’s running against one other candidate. She says, “There’s a crisis going on in our cities over the subject because of local politicians filing civil suits that putting people in jail is unconstitutional.
“These lawsuits basically threaten the very entity of being able to get out of jail through a bail agent. It’s pretty serious business for a lot of these mom-and-pop operations who have been in business for a very long time. They’re being threatened by socialism, basically.”
I asked Beth if it helped her chances like Donald Trump in having been a reality-TV star. She told me: “Everybody has their haters, I’m sure. We have not always been embraced by folks because there are people out there who don’t think that people should go to jail.
“They think that far too many people are in jail because they’re poor. Not so. They put them in jail because they broke the law, bottom line. I have found that when Beth Chapman comes to town, they want to know what Beth Chapman has to say.
“I am a known person and because I do have millions of fans, I am on TV every day doing exactly what I’m going to have to do to save our business. It does get a lot more attention. So, in my mind, they have a loaded weapon if they elect me as president because I do have a voice.
“I can get out there, and I can get attention to the cause.”
Beth told me the Bail Bonds convention has been in Las Vegas for 32 years. Voting for president starts at noon Wednesday. She says the results will be known quickly. Beth and Dog put their reality-TV show on hold while she ran her campaign for the presidency.
She added: “I really like my opponent. He’s been an asset to the association for a very long time, but he is a company person, and I don’t think he has the ability, freedom or finances to be able to do all the travel and meet lawyers and lobbyists.
“We put our show on hold right now so that it would give me the time to be able to go out. We’ve made a pretty big commitment, and I’m putting my money where my mouth is. My platform is all about responsibility, accountability, dedication and security. I want people to join me to secure our future.”
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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