Colorado U.S. Senate Republican Candidate Ken Buck: DA Record Fiscally Conservative and Otherwise Exemplary. See excellent post by Don Johnson from his wide-ranging, and detailed two-part interview with Buck. I’ve previously posted about the admirable transparency and courtesy his office and Weld County had shown me, and about how DA Hurlbert, running for SD 16 against Tim Leonard, had not.
Now that Democrat Boulder DA Stan Garnett is challenging John Suthers for Colorado A.G., I hope both Hurlbert and Gannett will be forthcoming in answering questions about the issues relevant to their candidacies. Garnett was very nice and got me his budgets ASAP. I’ll post them under Resources shortly. Hurlbert has not published or turned over his 2009 and 2010 budgets – the most relevant and important ones. His excuses for same have been inadequate. More later.
Perlmutter and Ryan Frazier poll – Over at Ben Degrow’s blog, with detailed article. Go there to see exciting results. Other GOP candidates are good guys, but should in my opinion unite behind Ryan Frazier to oust Perlmutter.
Robert Ramirez, the sole Republican Candidate for House District 29 – just signed the CUT pledge and is one of the most impressive young Republican candidates out there. He has a great shot at ridding Colorado of one of the most destructive Dems in the House, Debbie Bennefield. My interview is here.
Ali Hasan, one of three GOP Treasurer Candidates Appears to have obtained a court sealing of his records involving a 2008 incident with Alison Miller – After hours of additional investigation I stand by my post that the answers I received from the court did not exactly square with a record sealing. I’m giving Hasan the benefit of the doubt, however, on that one. But Hasan could have made things a lot easier by admitting he sought and obtained a record sealing. Instead, after showing poor judgment by jumping into a blog comment debate on Ben Degrow’s Mount Virtus, he decided to blab all over the place about his side of the case knowing an independent check on his claims was impossible. He refused an off-blog request from me to confirm or deny a record sealing.
A record sealing is primarily for an individual wishing to claim that he never had any charges made against him, or to cease any discussion of same – not for someone whose charges have been all over the media and who wants to discuss his side without the other side being able to refute or even fact-check the sealed record. A record sealing requires a special motion by the party’s attorney, and is not part of the natural “order” of things as claimed by Hasan in his postings.
Regardless. I care far less about that than about his refusal to discuss valid issues about the ideal investment portfolio for Colorado’s money.
Both Hurlbert and Hasan have also still left open the question about Mark Hurlbert’s decision to handle his friend and political supporter’s case himself instead of assigning it to a special prosecutor. Notably, as Don Johnson pointed out, Hasan claims he didn’t know if Hurlbert was investigating his case or not, though reportedly his mother knew and accurately predicted Hurlbert would exonerate her son.
Even more notable, is Hasan and Hurlbert’s failure to deny that a special prosecutor would have been appropriate. Call it “investigation,” “evaluation” what have you, Hurlbert had the ball in his court and decided not to file charges, rather than avoiding any appearance of impropriety by passing the case off to a special prosecutor. Supporting links to all of this are in the embedded article here.
Hurlbert brings in a special prosecutor when his wife, attorney Cathy Cheroutes, handles cases in the Fifth District. He just calls in a DA from Glenwood Springs or other neighboring jurisdiction and does not allow even a junior deputy to handle a case where she is the defense attorney. It’s no big deal, and it’s the right thing to do. If I am incorrect about this, I would assume someone would have pointed it out, but no one has.
I’m done with the Hurlbert-Hasan issue. The state Assembly is a month away and Hurlbert’s barely spoken out about any issues at all. I’ll be trying to change that by giving him a list of questions, in the same way that Don Johnson did so masterfully with Ken Buck. Ali Hasan has provided enough material on the issues and his background that voters should be easily able to determine the best candidate in the Treasurer’s race.