Colorado Republicans are furious with the Denver Post’s Joey Bunch, over a story published late yesterday casting doubt on statements made by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn regarding a decades-old alleged altercation with his father (now deceased):
On a November night in 1983, Colorado Springs police answered a call from a father who said he had been struck in the face by his son, a senior in high school a month past his 18th birthday.
That young man was Darryl Glenn, according to a police report and other documents obtained by The Denver Post. Glenn, who is running for the U.S. Senate, has said he has no knowledge of the incident and that it may have been someone else — either his half-brother or another person named Darryl Glenn.
When The Post presented the candidate with the documents this week, his campaign spokeswoman said Glenn had no recollection of any run-ins with police. His responses to inquiries from reporters about the assault charge have been inconsistent.
Ultimately, reports Joey Bunch, the charges in this case were dropped. Glenn has no other criminal court records that we know of, either before or after his graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy–an important consideration given that a criminal conviction could have jeopardized his appointment. But this dropped charge is apparently all that could be found in a thorough vetting of Glenn. Ordinarily, this would not be a story worth writing or reading at all.
Except that it appears Glenn wasn’t truthful about what happened.
That’s a clip of Darryl Glenn earlier this year, questioning his then-primary opponent Jon Keyser about the controversy over Keyser’s forged petition signatures. Glenn invokes the Air Force Academy’s “Honor Code” as he asks his fellow AFA grad if Keyser would withdraw from the race if enough signatures were found to be fraudulent to disqualify him. The Air Force Academy Honor Code is pretty simple:
I will not lie, [Pols emphasis] steal, or cheat, nor will I tolerate those among us who do.
After Keyser explained that he would not withdraw, just after this video ended, Glenn retorted, “I’m sure the Academy is pleased with that answer.” And the entire crowd on hand winced a little.
Again, we agree that this three decade old incident which resulted in no charges is itself no big deal. But the responses Glenn offers when asked about the incident are simply not believable–to the point of being, well, downright ridiculous. Nobody in their right mind can seriously believe that some other person named Darryl Glenn appeared in court in 1983 to be advised of charges for punching this Darryl Glenn’s father.
It’s a situation in which a simple admission to the unremarkable facts of the case would have put an end to the story–probably before it was even written. To say “the coverup is worse than the crime” is an understatement, because there wasn’t even a crime.
All we have now is Darryl Glenn rather obviously lying. And no matter what brought us here, that’s a story.