Skico, Mulcahy squabble over reality of Little Nell event
An Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman said Friday that a cannabis campaign dinner at its Little Nell Hotel was a figment of state Senate candidate Lee Mulcahy’s imagination.
Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said there is no record that any event was booked at the Little Nell for a Mulcahy campaign event on Oct. 26, as Mulcahy claimed in an Aspen Times news article Friday.
Mulcahy, an Aspen resident who is running as a Libertarian for the state Senate District 5 seat, said he held three “fine-dining cannabis exploration dinners” during his campaign. He issued a statement publicizing a fourth such event at the Little Nell on Oct. 26. The reservation for space wasn’t made in his name, he said, because he is banned from Skico property. He wouldn’t disclose the name it was booked under.
But Hanle said the event couldn’t be held under any name. The hotel doesn’t allow outside chefs to prepare food in its kitchen nor is outside food allowed, Hanle said. In addition, the Little Nell restaurant wouldn’t prepare food infused with THC, he said.
“As near as I can tell, it’s a complete fabrication,” Hanle said of Mulcahy’s event.
When contacted Friday with information that Skico didn’t believe a reservation had been made and that, even if it had, a cannabis dinner wouldn’t be allowed, Mulcahy responded, “It’s their hotel.”
He declined further comment but issued a statement a short time later that called Skico “a giant party pooper.”
Mulcahy, a former ski instructor, was fired by Skico in 2011. He also has a long-running feud with the company over wages and freedom-of-speech issues.
“Despite our desire of ‘no hard feelings, we’ll support the local economy,’ it is unfortunate that owners of the Little Nell hotel do not ascribe to the policies of the numerous other lodging facilities throughout Senate District 5 at which this free event has occurred, including Vail’s five-diamond Sonnenalp Hotel, wherein what legally occurs behind closed doors is a private matter,” Mulcahy’s statement said.
Mulcahy intends to reschedule the cannabis dinner in Aspen with details to be announced later. He held one at his house earlier in the campaign. He also hosted cannabis dinners in Vail and Hotchkiss.
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