Moving Longmont Forward was established for one sole purpose – to remove my husband from office. And by seven-tenths of a percent of the vote, they did. And for that I thank them because our family got to take its first vacation in two years, to Disneyland – a vacation well deserved by all! But, that victory came at a cost, and the cost was truthfulness and integrity in campaigning.
Now, Dennis Coombs will be the first to tell you (because he told us) that he wanted to win on his own merits. But he didn’t, and he knows he didn’t. And now he is admittedly overwhelmed by the magnitude of responsibility that comes with the job and time commitment necessary to get it done. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. And that is true for those who supported the Moving Longmont Forward committee. If this group had produced mailers that were truthful, that’s one thing. But their attack piece was filled with outright lies, misstatements of fact and information taken out of context. When confronted with the truth, Richard Juday showed no remorse but instead played the victim by crying foul about his own failed campaign run. Except the one difference is when he was campaigning, it was his words and actions that were used against him, and when evidence was shown that something about him was incorrect, it was immediately rectified, in one instance with a mea culpa printed in the Times-Call.
All of the inaccuracies of the attack piece have been documented and yet no contributors have stepped forward to apologize or try to correct the mistakes, and in fact some, like the editors behind Free Range Longmont have made sure that everyone knows their support for the group is unwavering despite the lies (but then again, Doug Wray, as part of a Times-Call story admitted that he is only a blogger so he isn’t bound to tell the truth – as if that was news to anyone reading.) But today is a new day and some of those who contributed money to the effort are hoping we all forget.
They’re hoping no one will know that they directly supported a campaign of hate, lies and attacks. People like Jonathan Singer who is running for Colorado House District 11. Does Longmont really want someone representing them who participated in this kind of divisiveness? Sadly, Jonathan already has some affect on our city as he sits on the Planning and Zoning Board. And what about people like Joan Peck, Chair of the Library Board and Darcy Juday, Vice-chair of the Water Board? They also made financial contributions to Moving Longmont Forward and sit on city boards.
Add Kaye Fissinger, another editor of Free Range Longmont who has constantly bad-mouthed Bryan, trying to call him a Nazi and connect him to the KKK – she’s the Chair of the Board of Environment Affairs. Don’t forget Greg Iwan, a regular contributor to Free Range Longmont who is a member of the Longmont Housing Authority. All of these appointees will be up for re-appointment either this year or in the next two, and they all should be removed. They have displayed a bitter partisanship that isn’t healthy for our city and does anything but move Longmont forward.
Of course, there are others who contributed to that hate campaign and who repeatedly lend their pen to the rubbish called Free Range Longmont: Teresa Lichti, Karen Benker, Don and Jerilyn Wilson, Shari Malloy, Padma Wick, Gillian Ivers-Read, Daniel Gould, Robert Drener, Michael Flanagan, Lee Springer, Teresa Foster, Richard Hansen, Strider Bensten, Charles Hanson, Ruby Bowman, Don Boyer, Marisa Dirks, James Kenworthy, Don Coulson and Stephen Szabo. If their names come up as candidates for boards and commissions, show them that they don’t represent Longmont and won’t represent Longmont.
Moving Longmont Forward proved to be a largely inept organization – their attack piece was filled with spelling and punctuation errors, their reports were suspect and had to be corrected on several occasions when omissions were pointed out. Plus, over 60% of their funding was from a Washington Lobbyist group. What is that you say? It was only 30%? I’m sorry, I was using the same math that Moving Longmont Forward used when they said Bryan took “over 60%” of his contributions in 2009 from Realtors and developers when the documents on the City Clerk’s website clearly add up to less than 35%. Proof again that the committee was inept.
As I mentioned, Dennis Coombs is already finding out that you might regret what you wish for, and I think some of the voters are starting to find that out too. Others are going to soon find out that your actions speak louder than words, and like words, they can and will be used against you. Jonathan Singer and his supporters can try and delete every comment questioning his support for negative campaigning but facts are facts and truth is truth and it won’t be covered up.