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Supporter: Recall tough on Truden

Chad Abraham

The recall campaign has been a hard road for District Attorney Colleen Truden, affecting her personally and professionally, one of her supporters said.Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario, who campaigned for her during last summer’s primary election, said Truden feels as if she’s being attacked.”I think personally it’s bothering her a lot,” he said. “Professionally, I would say it’s creating difficulty because she’s spending so much time being diverted from what she should be doing” by freedom of information requests and other recall issues.He said as a friend it was hard to see her go through the process of being recalled. But Vallario said he also has other problems with the campaign to remove her from office.”I like her. I think she’s going to do a good job once all the dust settles,” he said. “I’m more concerned about the whole recall process in general, more than it’s just specifically toward her.”He said that as an elected official, he is concerned that anyone can start a recall campaign against himself, for instance, “for no apparent reason.””Why do we have elections if … I fire somebody who’s upset with me and they go out and start a recall campaign against me because they don’t like the way they were treated?” he asked. “That’s my concern.”Asked if he thought there was anything about the recall effort that may be justified, he said, “You know, I don’t. I think that everything that’s on [the petition] can be answered. All I would say – and I’m not at all apologizing for Colleen. It’s her issues to deal with – but having kind of been there, done that [as] a newly elected official in a new position, yeah, I stumbled and made some bad choices and decisions, too.”He said the key is recognizing poor decisions and correcting them.While he gives Truden advice, Vallario conceded that “the wheels are in motion” for a recall.”You really can’t undo it. We’re just going to have to see how it shakes out, whether enough signatures get filed or not,” he said. “Obviously she has to get in more of a campaign mode again.” Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com