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November 02, 2006 07:06 PM UTC

We Hate to Still Say We Told You So, But...

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  • by: Colorado Pols

Poor Bill Berens opened up a can of “oh crap!” that he can’t put back on the shelf. Now the Rocky Mountain News editorial board is beating him up.

And it’s all Berens’ fault.

From the News:

It looks as though Rep. Bill “I’m Buying a Round for the Clubhouse” Berens, R-Broomfield, has snapped under the pressure of the campaign. The legislature’s most notorious golfer has filed a complaint with the Adams County District Attorney’s office alleging that a 19-year-old college student broke the law when she suggested in a letter to the editor that he broke the law…

…Every day brings more offensive, misleading and intelligence-insulting fliers into your mailbox, and television ads into your living room. Yet Berens chooses to press criminal charges against a college student?

Bill, get a grip.

Well played, Bill. Well played.

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9 thoughts on “We Hate to Still Say We Told You So, But…

  1. Sorry Berens, but I don’t think you’re gonna be able to “hack” your pathetic campaign “out of the rough” before Tuesday.  I hope the $20,000.00 you’re hoarding was worth your already questionable political reputation.

    In case you haven’t already grasped the severity of the situation, you just got slapped down by a major conservative statewide newspaper that endorsed you a few weeks before. I’m certain they have a million other things to editorialize before Tuesday’s election and they chose to dedicate an entire column to your outright stupidity. 

    This may not be an all-out endorsement retraction by the Rocky Mountain News but it is about as close as we’re gonna get.

    Again, do not test free speech, you’ll get knocked down every time by the folks that “buy ink by the barrel.”

      1. And it looks to me that Primavera has been walking, talking and wooing voters to the Blue-side.  What District are you?  You are either living in a state of denial or you are working out the Republican headquaters. Either way, you live in a state of denial.

  2. Now he’s going to sue the RMN.  Such audacity!  How dare they tell him to “get a grip”!

    In the annals of bad politicians, there’s Welker, Schulthies, Beauprez and now Berens.  It’s hard to say if their mouths are bigger than the targets presented by their own feet.

    He’ll have time to get another hole-in-one after Nov. 7.

      1. Did anyone really see Berens hit the ball?  Did he shank one into the woods, and drop another from his pants-leg into the hole when no-one was looking? 

        I remember Rep. Garcia not confirming the hole-in-one but rather telling Berens to get a grip on reality and return the check.

  3. Crime of political speech

    Thursday, November 02, 2006

    So this is what our campaign law has come to: A Republican state representative from Broomfield has filed a criminal complaint against a 19-year-old college sophomore and the pol?s hometown newspaper because the college student wrote a letter to the editor accusing the politician of breaking the law in accepting a golf-tournament prize from the Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

    Turns out such prizes are exempt under a law that prohibits legislators from accepting cash donations greater than $50. Therefore, Rep. Bill Berens has asked the Adams County District Attorney to file charges against Suguna Narayan and the Broomfield Enterprise under another state law. That law makes it a Class 2 misdemeanor to knowingly publish, circulate or make false statements designed to affect the vote on a candidate running for public office.

    Give us a break. A young woman is involved enough in local politics to write a letter to the editor criticizing a candidate?s conduct, and the candidate wants to make a criminal of her.

    There is only one reason for the district attorney to pursue this case ? to have the courts declare how patently unconstitutional this law?s infringement on political free speech clearly is.

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