In what can only be described as one of the oddest stories of the day, the husband of 5th District Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez is revealed to have converted to Islam and to have worked with the CIA in Yemen and other countries after the September 11 attacks.
His name is Fernando Jara, and according to a front page story in the Los Angeles Times, he is a former gang banger who - in search of himself - converted is Islam. After the September 11 attacks, he claims he offered up his services to the CIA and was sent overseas. He apparently speaks fluent Arabic and now runs a recovery center for addicts.
The story paints the picture of a rocky marriage and emotional trauma suffered by Jara after his service. The Times claims to have verified most of his claims of service. Perez is now thinking of running for the open 16th state Senate seat. (file photo of Perez and husband Fernando Jara)