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Cleverlygate begins

Dear Editor:

Michael Cleverly cleverly rides to the rescue of one of the candidates for sheriff of Pitkin County by impugning another by (yikes!) calling him a “Republican.” (“No more Zukergates,” July 14, 2010, Aspen Daily News)

Though this term is no doubt a slur on Mr. Cleverly’s lips, he should know that Hugh Zuker is not a Republican at all, but an independent candidate for the office of sheriff, with 10 years of law enforcement and public safety experience to bring to the cause.

Mr. Cleverly, a stickler about clean campaigns, goes on to imply further in his letter to the editor that somehow the Zuker campaign, of which I am a part, managed to purge all newspapers boxes in the downtown core. I would call this a gross canard if it were not unfair to ducks everywhere. Mr. Cleverly, a known politician in these parts, should know better than to accuse people he doesn’t even know of committing a crime.

If Mr. Cleverly is cleverly trying to discredit Hugh Zuker, a reputable and respectable candidate for Pitkin County sheriff, he’s going to have to do a lot better than this. Hugh, the Zuker family, and the Zuker campaign deserve an immediate apology. In lieu of that unlikely accommodation, perhaps it’s best that Mr. Cleverly simply keep his mouth shut.

Michael Conniff

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