Smears overtook issues
As a commissioner candidate during the election I read newspaper stories assassinating my character amid allegations of wrong doing. Even the follow-up stories exonerating me ” such as the one in the Daily News Nov. 20 ” are constructed to continue to cloud my reputation, not rebuild it.
Why? I think it is because I had the audacity to believe we have an open political process. I wrote letters questioning city and county government. I thought by running for office I could get real problems destroying our community out on the table. The debates would be about different solutions. The candidates would have to make campaign promises and be held accountable the next time they ran for office.
Would I have won if this campaign had been about issues instead of this smear campaign? Maybe not. But the debate would have given our community and the new board something concrete to work from.
The press used to challenge the status quo and political elites and protected the underdog. But the opposite is happening in Aspen. I wish I was the Jimmy Stewart character in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” ” the real villain is exposed and the press gives me back my reputation.
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