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Kole asks: What’s in a name?

Janet Urquhart

Did you make the list?A few people who found their names listed in an advertisement for City Council candidate Andrew Kole on Monday wondered why they were included – or why they weren’t.The list was rather vague, as it offered first names only. And, Kole noted, the Aspen Daily News ad deliberately steered clear of suggesting the names appearing in the ad were individuals endorsing his candidacy. Instead, it read, “Kole For Council presents a list of names…” and, at the bottom, “Kole for Council – A sense of humor is a terrible thing to waste.”The first name on the list, Helen, was inspired by Kole’s mother, Helen, not Aspen’s mayor, he said. The names Rachel and Terry also appear in the ad; both are names of council members.Each name was separated by an asterisk; the list included the names John and Bennett in succession. John Bennett is a former Aspen mayor. Joannie and Chachi, a nod to an early ’80s TV show, “Joanie Loves Chachi,” were also on the list.So was Eben, which left Aspen Times reporter Eben Harrell wondering if the ad implied his tacit endorsement of Kole’s candidacy.”I don’t know of any other Ebens in town,” said Harrell, who plays basketball with Kole.”It’s not that I have anything against Andrew’s campaign or him personally, it’s just that, as a newspaper reporter, I feel uncomfortable publicly endorsing any candidate.”No one had called Kole to object after spying their name by yesterday afternoon, but the candidate said he received a couple of calls from individuals who complained because they weren’t listed.”It’s just a list of names. I was trying to bring a little levity … but not everyone gets it,” Kole said.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com


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