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Letter: Pot calling the kettle black

Pot calling the kettle black

"While my opponent and his allies have been clogging our mailboxes with negative ads straight out of the tea party playbook…" wrote Kerry Donovan, in a letter to The Aspen Times published Saturday ("Asking for your vote").

Dear Kerry,

You are nothing if not hilarious. Nothing boils residents' blood more than being lied to with a straight face. When you sat next to me in the debates and droned on about your clean campaign promises, it was more than just funny. Slick politicians with all your dark money leave no stone unturned. Residents just received another flyer from your dark money group in Gunnison, Citizens Alliance for Accountable Leadership, that exclaims "Republican Don Suppes Opposes Education Investments and Will Vote Against Raising The Minimum Wage," and then it says the same thing in Spanish. It continues: "Suppes … will vote the extreme party line to oppose raising the minimum wage for hard-working Coloradans."

Then it has a big picture of you at your boutique, long-haired cattle "ranch" stating "Democrat Kerry Donovan Will Provide Opportunities to Western Slope Children And Families." (And then again in Spanish.)

But what it doesn't say is that you, Kerry Donovan, the Democrat, as well as current State Senator Gail Schwartz, don't support a raise in the minimum wage. Or that you worked in management for Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy.

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Another flyer from your lovely Gunnison group states "State Senate Candidate Lee Mulcahy — Too Conservative."

Now hold on just a New York second: I am the only candidate in the race that wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour on giant corporations (exempting small business) like Vail, Wal-Mart, McDonald's, Aspen Skiing Co., etc., after the incredible growth rates in Seattle, Washington and San Francisco after those cities raised the wage. And I'm "too conservative"? Despite being the co-architect of Occupy Aspen with author Jeannie Perry?

Another one of your flyers is completely shameless in regards to your clean campaign promise: "And Mulcahy recently harassed local school personnel and made threats so serious that he received a restraining order." Back up, Kerry, it wasn't "local school personnel," it was about the Aspen Institute and the class I was enrolled in there, and it was politics. Your pal, Chicago billionaire owner of Aspen Skiing Co., Lester Crown, just gave $10 million to the Aspen Institute.

Your other campaign flyers boldly display your "Clean Campaign Promise" logo.

Please.

Pot kettle much, Kerry?

Lee Mulcahy

Aspen