Here’s a photo of former Secretary of State now Colorado Springs Councilman at-large Wayne Williams, in cozy maskless proximity with his friends Suzanne Taheri (you probably know her as Suzanne Staiert, former deputy Secretary of State and failed 2020 SD-27 candidate), and the ubiquitous Lynn Bartels, Williams’ former spokesperson and a longtime local media fixture turned Republican comms pro and Colorado Springs Gazette columnist.
They all had takeout at Suzanne’s house yesterday! We hope it was tasty, and thanks for supporting local businesses like Dominion Voting Systems. It’s a funny joke unless you’re one of the many fellow Republicans who aren’t laughing.
But wait a minute. Doesn’t Suzanne Taheri live in Arapahoe County, where the Senate district she wan for this year is located? And isn’t Arapahoe County on Safer at Home Level Red on the state’s COVID-19 public health restriction dial? We’re asking this rhetorically because the answer is yes, just like El Paso County where Councilman Williams lives is also on Level Red restrictions. And the guidance from the Tri-County Health Department serving Arapahoe County on getting together at a friend’s house for takeout during Level Red restrictions is not ambiguous:
Now look, folks, it’s 2020–and if everybody in this picture is shacking up in the same domicile for the next 14 days, that’s completely cool with us. Otherwise, unfortunately what we have here is yet another elected official casually disregarding public health orders while the third and deadliest-yet wave of the COVID-19 pandemic crests in Colorado. As readers know, another municipal elected official from Colorado was enthusiastically dragged across front pages and cable networks nationwide over Thanksgiving for this.
Like Bill Engvall says, Wayne Williams, “here’s your sign.”