Jensen Turns And Walks Away When Asked, ‘Where Do You Stand on Trump?’

Christine Jensen

(WTF Lynn Bartels? — Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Republican Christine Jensen is running for a Jefferson County state senate seat that will likely determine which party controls Colorado government. And she has no public position on President Donald Trump.

The Colorado Times Recorder tried multiple times to find out Jensen’s views on the President, but she repeatedly did not respond.

So, on a sidewalk Saturday after a “Red Wave” get-out-the-vote event in a Jefferson County office building, a journalist tried to put the question tried to put the question to Jensen in person.

Jason Salzman: Hi Christine. I’ve been trying to reach you.

Christine Jensen: Oh. Yeah.

Salzman: I’m Jason Salzman with the Colorado Times Recorder.

Former Denver Post Reporter — and current PIO for Secretary of State Wayne Williams — Lynn Bartels (standing nearby interjecting): Ambush!  Ambush reporter.

Jensen: Yes. Got it. Hang on.

Jensen quickly turns and walks back into the building.

Salzman (following Jensen for a few steps): “Where do you stand on Trump? Could you tell me please. Just tell me where you stand on Trump, Christine?”

Bartels, talking to Salzman not Jensen: You’re better than that.

Salzman: What do you mean? I’m identifying myself. I’ve called her five times.

Bartels: She doesn’t have to call you back.

Salzman: I know. But if she’s not, I have the right to stand here.

Bartels: I know, but–

Salzman: You know that’s the way it works.

Bartels: I know. I’m sorry. I apologize.

Salzman: Thank you. I really think that’s fair. It’s a fair question. The issue is, you know, important.

Bartels: It is a fair question.

Jensen comes out of the building escorted by someone separating her from me.

Salzman (running after Jensen): You want to answer a fair question? Where do you stand on Trump, Christine?

Jensen speed walks away without saying anything.

Salzman (to Jensen): Thank you so much. I appreciate your time. I’m sorry to bother you.

Lynn Bartels

It’s not just the Colorado Times Recorder that thinks the public is interested in all candidates’ views on Trump, even candidates in state legislative races.

Just this week, during a conservative radio interview, Republican state house candidate Toren Mushovic said voters ask about Trump “a lot” when he’s going door-to-door in his Arapahoe County-area district.

What’s more, Trump has repeatedly said that Tuesday’s election is about him.

And, The Denver Post and other local media outlets have reported that Trump is motivating suburban Democrats at all levels.

There are volumes of reporting about how suburban women, angry at Trump, could swing the election.

Yet, some, but not all, Republican candidates in Colorado’s top legislative races started their campaigns without saying a word about Trump and are finishing up the final days as silent as they ever were, even as the president ramps up his offensive and often blatantly false rhetoric.

Jensen is one of those candidates. It appears the closest she’s come to taking a stand on Trump in the public domain came this week when the Washington Post quoted her as saying, “I think he has absolutely positively been a man of action. I still wish we could teach him a few PR tricks.”

Other than that, Jenson’s record on Trump is pretty much a blank slate, symbolized by this question left unanswered on her Christine Jensen for Colorado Facebook page:

“Simple question,” a commenter wrote, “Do you support Donald Trump?”

That question sits unanswered.

13 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Zappatero says:

    Their womenfolk have fascist tendencies, too. 

  2. notaskinnycook says:

    If they can't be called out for their position on The Screaming Yam, they can still be tagged as cowards for dodging the question.

  3. Arvadonian1 says:

    It really is sad to see what Lynn Bartles has become.

  4. Voyageur says:

    Where can I find the Colorado Times Recorder, Jason.  Are you strictly on line?

  5. Nasty Woman says:

    Bartels has left the Dems behind.

  6. JohnInDenver says:

    Is Ms. Bartels moonlighting as a campaign communication consultant, training candidates how to respond to media questions?

    • mamajama55 says:

      I have to give Bartels props – I emailed her some detailed questions about the 600,000 inactivated voters, and whether Wayne Williams would recuse himself from decisions impacting his election, and she actually answered most of them, in detail, and civilly.

      I'm planning a diary on it; as with most diaries I'm planning, it will have to wait until things are calmer. But here are some excerpts:


      Q1. What notice was given to voters who had had a mail piece returned, prior to their voter registrations being inactivated? I have 200 "registered inactive" voters in my small town alone, according to the Democratic voter database. What notice did these voters get, other than wondering why their mail ballots had not arrived?

      A: Voters whose mail ballots are returned as undeliverable are not inactivated until after the county closes the election in SCORE, our voter registration system, which occurs about 30 days after Election Day. They are still eligible to update their voter registration record and vote in the current election.

      If they do not do so, the law requires counties to inactivate their records after the election and send them a confirmation card advising them of that fact and how they can update their election. That post-election confirmation card is sent by forwardable mail. Voters in inactive status are still eligible to vote, but that status means their county clerk has a bad address for them, and they will not automatically be sent another mail ballot until they update their registration records. 

      Every voter should go to and confirm their voter registration information is accurate and up-to-date. If they want to receive a mail ballot for the 2018 General Election, they need to do that and make any corrections by 11:59 pm today, Oct. 29th. After today, they need to voter in person.

      Our office and the clerks have continually touted the need to to make sure voters’ addresses are correct.


      Q2. When did the policy of mailing out ballots to the last known registered mail address change?


      A:There has never been a policy of mailing to the “last known mailing address.”  The law requires county clerks to send mail ballots to every active voter at the most recent mailing address specified in their voter registration record. The state and the counties regularly exchange data with other agencies to ensure voter registration addresses are up to date as possible (USPS, DMV, etc.). but there is just no single database in existence enabling us to ascertain every voter’s “most recent mailing address.” Voters should always ensure their records are up-to-date.


      Q3. What is Secretary of State Williams doing to ensure that he is insulated or recused from overseeing results of an election in which he, as the incumbent running for reelection, has an obvious stake?


      A:Secretary Williams is the chief election officer for the state of Colorado for all elections conducted under the Uniform Election Code of 1992. The Uniform Election Code does not contain any provision disqualifying him or requiring his recusal when his name appears on the ballot in a particular election.  The same is also true for every county clerk and recorder in this state – the law does not require them to recuse themselves in those circumstances.


      Secretary Williams may recuse himself from making certain decisions if a particular issue arises with respect to the Secretary of State race, but otherwise the Election Code requires him to oversee the conduct of the 2018 General Election.


      Also, there is little Secretary Williams can do to affect the counting of votes in the Secretary of State’s race. County clerks and citizen election judges in each county verify signatures and count ballots; neither the Secretary of State nor any employee of the state Elections Division does that.


      Just a reminder that Secretary of State Bernie Buescher, a Democrat, lost his race against Republican Scott Gessler in 2010. Four years later, SOS Gessler, came in the third in the GOP gubernatorial primary. 


  7. Peromyscus says:

    I asked Bartels about this on her FB page.  She said "Get serious here.  Did Crisanta Duran answer questions about why she put Steve Lebsock as chair of a committee?  I don't speak for Christine but I have talked to candidates who said they are leery about fairness when someone identifies him or herself as a "progressive journalist".

    • gertie97 says:

      I'm with Bartels on this one. Reporters are reporters, not identified with any faction. A so-called progressive or conservative “journalist'' is a flack attempting to be in disguise.


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