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June 12, 2017 01:38 PM UTC

"I want to be a 'person of interest,'" writes Colorado Trump official

  • by: Jason Salzman

(Career aspirations! – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

UPDATE: Former Colorado Trump Campaign staffer Dede Laugesen replied to my request for clarification of her Facebook post below: “Facebook is a place of friendly comments and such, and I was just making an off-the-cuff remark about what it must be like to be a celebrity like Nigil Farage,” said Laugesen. “That’s all.”


At this point, you’d think no one in the Trump campaign is running around saying, “I want to be a ‘person of interest.'”

But wait, there is such a person, and her name is Dede Laugesen, the Trump Campaign’s Colorado Coalitions Director.

She’s been on Facebook promoting the June 17 appearance in Colorado of Nigel Farage, the Brexit leader who’s reportedly a “person of interest” in FBI’s investigation of Russian meddling in the last election.

In one post promoting Farage, obtained from a source,  Laugesen wrote, “I want to be a ‘person of interest’! That’s why I’m going to learn from the master himself. Nigel Farage visits Colorado June 17.”

Laguesen did not return a call seeking clarification, so I’m forced to speculate here, but if Laugesen is joking, it symbolizes the extent to which the Trump campaign itself isn’t taking the FBI investigation–or the attack by Russia on our elections–seriously.

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) showed the same indifference when he recently told a conservative radio station that journalists are “inventing this Russia story.” So did U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) when he suggested in February that the FBI should be investigated for Russia-related leaks.

If it’s not a joke, then you wonder if Laugesen knows why Farage is reportedly a person of interest. After all, she says she wants to learn from him. I mean, Laugesen was Trump’s Colorado coalitions director. Did the coalition include Russia?

That’s a serious question for a Trump official who’s telling the world she wants to be a person of interest in the FBI’s investigation of the president’s election campaign. I’m sorry, this is not a joking matter.


10 thoughts on ““I want to be a ‘person of interest,'” writes Colorado Trump official

  1. I know Dede really well (she even once put out my daughter's hair when it caught on fire at her fifth birthday party; true story).  She was likely just joking around. 

    And unlike you, I don’t see why that would be a big deal here.


    Much ado about nothing

      1. I'm sure Jason puts his feet up at the end of a long day reporting on right wing media stuff that one else covers, and says to himself, "Wow, great work, self! Except that darn Vger thinks I'm too serious and need to lighten up."

        Keeps him up at night. Just like me (not) wink

          1. …and a curmudgeon attempts to scold and shame them into smiling more.

            Variations on a theme of Trump Stench fail to bring the desired reaction.

            Faced with failure, the curmudgeon breaks down and buys them craft beers and tells them dirty stories. At a great gay bar in Denver. During Pride week, next Sunday. At the next Pols get together.


              1. I suppose. But I'm down here this weekend and determined to get a taste of the Pride parade. It's been a few years, and my little town just doesn't really get fabulous.

                cook, any suggestions?

        1. Look, I agree that Trump is terrible.  That doesn't mean all his supporters are.  Nor does it mean that his supporters making light hearted comments on social media is a big deal.

          Dede wasn't joking around about race, disability, the misfortune of another, etc.  She was joking around about learning from another person who was very effective in accomplishing their goals.  I fail to see why that is worthy of any condemnation at all.

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