Beeson expects he’ll have enough names
October 31, 2005
Martin Beeson is weary.For 14 straight days he has walked, and walked, all over neighborhoods in the 9th Judicial District to get the signatures of 1,000 registered Republicans so his name can be on the recall ballot of his former boss, District Attorney Colleen Truden.Monday, speaking from yet another street he was canvassing, this time in Battlement Mesa, he was “cautiously optimistic” that he had 1,200 names.”There’s light at the end of the tunnel,” Beeson said.They are due by the end of the workday today at the Colorado secretary of state’s office in Denver. The office’s spokeswoman previously said election officials will likely take three days to count and verify the signatures.Beeson wasn’t sure if he would drive the petitions down Monday night or this morning. It depended on how the last-minute signature gathering progressed, he said.His biggest challenge was finding people at home who are registered Republicans. People work during the day, and on the weekends they’re camping or at football games, he said.”But we’ve been persistent,” Beeson said, and nine out of 10 Republicans he did find at home signed his petition. “We’re going to have enough to turn into the secretary of state.”Beeson worked under Truden as a deputy district attorney. He and six other prosecutors, along with several administrative personnel, have resigned since Truden took office in January. Most of those who resigned heavily criticized Truden for allegedly instilling an atmosphere of fear and distrust. The recall petition, which more than 9,000 people signed, charged her with mismanagement, dishonesty and nepotism, among other allegations. Truden has repeatedly refuted every accusation.About 15 to 20 volunteers, who also were required to be registered Republicans, helped Beeson. Should he not make it onto the ballot, he said no one could question his tenacity or that of his volunteers.”I’m trying to lead by example. I don’t think there’s anyone who’s worked harder than me at this,” he said. “The message I’m trying to send to the people through this process is [that] I’m out here, and I’m working hard every day, and I’m working hard for you, the voter.”He said if Truden is recalled and he’s elected, he would bring the same determination to the district attorney’s office.He appears to have by far the best chance of appearing on the recall ballot. The only other potential candidate, defense attorney Chip McCrory, told the Glenwood Springs Post Independent that his signature-gathering was proceeding slowly.Truden said the election will show that she has plenty of supporters on her side.”We’re going to know in a day or two whether either one of them has managed to get enough signatures based on the misinformation out there.”That’s why we’re in the process of getting the accurate information out there,” she said.