Campaign picks up international interest | AspenTimes.com

Campaign picks up international interest

Joel Stonington

From Washington to the United Kingdom and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” folks far and wide have been hearing about the race for sheriff in Pitkin County. “Suggestive film roils sheriff’s race,” read Newsday’s headline, while the Philadelphia Daily News had “Colo. sheriff candidate seems to have a hand in video,” and the Washington Post offered: “In Offbeat Aspen, Even the Sheriff’s Race Has Quirks.” Part of the exposure is the result of an Associated Press article regarding the art film challenger Rick Magnuson made that shows him, at one point, masturbating into a large hole he dug. Papers far and wide picked up the AP article from the wire service. Following on the heels of the publicity, Magnuson has posted the video, “Hole,” on YouTube.com and has agreed to have GrassRoots TV air all six of his art videos starting at 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23. Though the race definitely has put Magnuson more on the map as an artist, he refutes the rumor that he entered the race to better his art career. “If you look at my press releases, they’re serious, hard-hitting and factual,” Magnuson said. “I’m serious about this. I don’t know who’s coming up with these rumors, but that’s what they are – rumors.”National press isn’t keeping solely to the art video: The Washington Post also recently focused on drug issues in a feature on the race. Further, Sheriff Bob Braudis said he has been turning down requests from the likes of USA Today. “The media I am giving up otherwise valuable time for is the local media,” said Braudis, who said he hasn’t even read The Washington Post article.Joel Stonington’s e-mail is jstonington@aspentimes.com