As The Denver Post reports with plenty of vague references:
There was a time when Greg Kolomitz and Bill Ritter were virtually inseparable…
…That all changed when Ritter called a news conference last spring to allege that Kolomitz had wrongly paid himself more than $80,000 from the fund to pay for Ritter’s inauguration.
“I was shell-shocked,” said Kolomitz, who said he found out about Ritter’s accusations when reporters called him only minutes before the news conference. “I didn’t understand how or why this was happening.”
A day after he learned he would not face criminal charges for writing the checks, Kolomitz spoke for the first time at length Thursday of the allegations Ritter made about him and how his relationship with the governor turned sour so quickly.
At the same time, the governor’s office renewed and escalated the battle with Kolomitz, with Ritter’s chief of staff, Jim Carpenter, calling the man many say is responsible for Ritter’s election a “vindictive, disgruntled, and p—– off” person who has “all kinds of wild allegations.”
The disintegration of the Ritter/Kolomitz partnership began in the latter stages of the ultimately successful campaign. Kolomitz said he still doesn’t know why the governor was ready to believe the worst about him.
In retrospect, Kolomitz and his partner, Sheila MacDonald, who was the campaign’s political director, said they have grappled with pinpointing a time when things may have gone wrong. They note two events in October 2006, where Kolomitz admonished both staff and Ritter family members, as perhaps the beginning of problems with the future governor.