Reporter Should be “Sent Packing” To Venezuela, Says Conservative Operative & GOP Matriarch Barb Neville

(The Nevilles are very fine people – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Angered by a news story about her son, prominent conservative activist Barb Neville launched a one-women social media assault on Colorado Politics reporter Marianne Goodland.

Barb Neville

Neville, mother of House Republican Leader Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock) and wife of former State Senator Tim Neville of Littleton, shared Goodland’s article about Patrick Neville directing financial support to the Recall Polis effort, along with the following commentary to her Facebook page on Sept. 7:

“Why is this even news??? This reporter will report anything to give the appearance that Republicans are evil. I’ll bet if this were a demonrat she would be holding them out as heroes. Republicans and unaffiliates that support our country and constitution should be proud that we have leaders who are principled enough to stand and fight for it. MG and her socialist pervert democrat cronies are the ones who are evil. Tell the Gazette to send her packing to a country like Cuba or Venezuela where they will be more amicable to her Commie leanings. I am sick of these commie women haters I’ma a different kinda .#MeToo

Neville also shared the post with numerous Republican and conservative Facebook pages and groups, including GOP pages for Denver, Arapahoe, Pueblo, Weld, Jefferson, Elbert and Fremont counties. Other groups include the National Asian Indian Republican Association, GetErDoneRightColorado, Arapahoe Tea Party, and OGRE Exposed.

Asked by a commenter on her post if any part of Goodland’s article was false, Neville didn’t dispute any of its accuracy. Instead, she complained that the decision to report the story itself was showing Republicans in a negative light.

Colorado Press Association CEO Jill Farschman expressed concern over Neville’s post:

“While sharing opinions is certainly a First Amendment right, attacks on journalism as a profession undermine our free press which is the only profession enshrined in our nation’s Constitution due to its criticality to a functioning democracy. In this instance, the accuracy of the journalist’s work isn’t being questioned and suggesting she should be sent to other countries openly hostile to free press is extremely offensive. Such personal threats debase our political discourse and put the safety of journalists at risk.”

Barb Neville isn’t just related to politicians. She’s a former candidate-turned-operative herself. She briefly ran for state Senate in 2006, and later ran her sister-in-law Julie Williams’ successful 2013 campaign for Jefferson County School Board. The Denver Post’s profile of the Neville family that year described them as a “political dynasty.”

Reached by email for a response to Neville’s insults and calls for Goodland’s banishment, Mark Harden, managing editor of Colorado Politics, stated:

“Marianne Goodland is an outstanding reporter on state politics whose work is widely respected by Republicans, Democrats and independents alike. We stand by her reporting.”

Barb Neville did not return a Facebook message requesting comment.


15 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenver says:

    Why is Ms. Neville assuming that factual, pretty straight reporting of a transfer from accounts controlled by younger Neville to the Polis recall effort is calling the action "evil?"

    And do you suppose there could be a garage band named "MG and her socialist pervert democrat cronies" ??

  2. unnamed says:

    I wonder, does she have enough self-awareness to know that she and her family are evil, but don't want people implying that they are evil?

  3. 2Jung2Die says:

    Not only does her comment come off like a 4:00 am after-party severely blotto last grand statement slurred out before pouring mustard on yourself and falling over face-first (not that there's anything wrong with that), but it's also dumb and uninformed. Goodland is a campaign finance geek who has written countless stories about campaign finance no matter the political party, whenever there's something interesting that fellow campaign finance geeks might care about. The old journo motto applies here – if you don't want it covered, don't do it.

  4. MADCO says:

    I agree with Mark Harden on this one.

    Though the First Amendment argument is lost on people who don't like what the press chooses to report. … and those who hate labor unions and any religion but their own.

    I don't get why she cares – any press is good press, right?


  5. RepealAndReplace says:

    So how does Julie Williams fit into the family tree? Is she Barbara's sister or Tim's brother's wife? Or both?

  6. kwtree says:

    Julie is Barbara’s sister. This old diary includes a Getty image of the Neville clan; top row is Joe, Julie, Patrick. Bottom row is Barbara and Tim. The family resemblance of the two women is easy to see.


  7. Genghis says:

    "Why is this even news???"

    It's a link in a chain demonstrating that your piece of shit son, a prominent GOP politician, is a crook. That's why it's news, you silly cow.

    You're welcome.

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