You’ve heard it before. “Amendment 49 will deprive firefighers and police officers from obtaining adequate equipment.” “Amendment 49 will silence workers’ voices.” blah blah blah, etc etc. These sorts of lies and distortions deserved a response, so we found some folks with the authority to debunk those claims as absolute nonsense.
Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County, Sheriff David Weaver of Douglas County, and Sheriff Ted Mink of Jefferson County held a press conference at the State Capitol yesterday to put to rest the false claims made against 49. Three other sheriffs who could not attend the press conference signed on to the letter in support of 49. Head over to Ben DeGrow’s blog to hear 5 audio clips from the press conference. If you learn better visually, here is a highlight video from the press conference:
You might be wondering what gives these Sheriffs the authority to proclaim the allegations against 49 are, as Sheriff John Cooke said, “ludricris.” Well, 5 of the 6 Sheriffs signed on represent counties that have already enacted Amendment 49′s language. Therefore, when they get up there and say that it does not prevent law enforcement from doing their jobs, they are speaking from first hand experience.
The foes of 49 haven’t taken a clean shot at it yet. They’ve run no ads attacking the measure on its own. Instead, they’ve lumped the three ballot issues together. Since each is different, the campaign against 49 has been especially misleading.
The Greeley Tribune, Rocky Mountain News, Boulder Daily Camera, and Denver Post all came out with articles today about the Sheriff’s press conference, most pulling some of the juciest quotes, like this one from Sheriff David Weaver,
There’s a lot of deception going on stating that police officers, deputy sheriffs are not going to receive their body armor, aren’t going to receive their vests,” Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver told the Ethical Standards Now group. “That is totally inaccurate.
And this from Sheriff John Cooke,
It’s ludicrous that some of these ads say we can’t do as good a job if Amendment 49 passes, Cooke said.
Finally, the ridiculous ads against 49 have been running non-stop on 850 KOA, which prompted my colleague Mike Rosen to respond on his morning show. He put it very succinctly this morning when he said, “Don’t be stupid.” Here is the audio of the horrifically absurd ad (if you can stomach it), with Mike Rosen’s hilarious response following right after: rosen10.30.mp3
Well put Mike.