Truden foe: Recall effort close
A Glenwood Springs attorney bent on recalling District Attorney Colleen Truden said a political committee she is spearheading is nearly ready to register with the Colorado secretary of state’s office.Sherry Caloia, a Democrat who is the town prosecutor for Basalt and Carbondale and who has a private law firm in Glenwood Springs, on Monday said the committee’s paperwork would likely be filed with the state next week. The forming of a committee to recall Truden will allow opponents to collect money.She said former Deputy District Attorney Martin Beeson “has indicated that he would like to run.” Beeson was one of five deputy prosecutors to quit the district after Truden took office this year. Caloia said she was disappointed to hear that another former deputy, Jeff Cheney, would not be running.”I think he would have been a very good candidate,” she said.But Beeson, who did not return a call seeking comment, could still be a formidable opponent, Caloia said. And “there could be more than one candidate who runs,” she added.For her part, Truden said running the 9th Judicial District, which covers Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties, hasn’t allowed much time to think about the recall effort.”I haven’t given it that much thought. I’ve been busy doing my job,” she said Monday. “It’s a few people who want to pursue a recall, and I guess we’ll see where it goes.”Asked if she regretted any decision she has made during her nearly six months in office, Truden said, “What you are asking is an extremely important question. We all do things that in retrospect that we’d like to have had back to do again in some ways.”But that doesn’t make the decision that we made wrong; it just means we would have handled it a bit differently.”Truden has come under a barrage of criticism since taking office in January, from losing five deputy district attorneys to paying her husband $6,000 for computer work. Devoting a large amount of her annual budget to office repairs and improvements has also drawn scrutiny, as has the veracity of her statements to Garfield and Pitkin county commissioners. Her campaign pledge to get tough on crime and reduce plea bargains has also been questioned.All of that has led to a recall effort that will likely be launched in 20 days. Acquiring the required number of signatures for the recall petition will be an immediate goal, Caloia said.”I’ve started preparing the petition for the recall,” she said. “I’m fine-tuning it – it’s something that we have time to do. I’m trying to do it carefully.”After the petition is submitted, “the only thing that [Truden] can do really is argue that the petition is not adequate and doesn’t meet state statutes,” Caloia said. “When the signatures come in, she can contest [them]. And I expect that she’ll do that.”Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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