Letters to the Editor

Open letter to Michael Hancock: Latest actions of intimidation by your staff are inappropriate

Dear Michael:

For the second time in as many weeks, members of your campaign staff and supporters showed up at press conferences that I organized. In the first press conference, I announced my endorsement of Chris Romer for Mayor while representatives of your campaign, including at least three paid staff members, stood in the audience in my campaign office and another representative stood in the front row with the media. All representatives wore Hancock buttons.

Yesterday, as Federico Peña endorsed Chris Romer for Mayor at another press conference, at least one Hancock staff member and at least two other supporters attended the press conference. This time your staff member interrupted our press conference attacking Chris Romer regarding an ad that highlights your decision to vote in favor of a City Council pay raise which she claimed is negative campaigning. One of your supporters also interrupted the press conference with a similar comment.

The irony of their comments regarding negative campaigning is that I consider their attempts at intimidation and interrupting our press conference to be negative campaigning itself.

I have a few questions for you:

•Have you authorized your staff to attend my press conferences and those of Chris Romer?
•If you have authorized their attendance, have you authorized the interruption of our events?
•Do you consider interrupting an opponent’s press conference to be negative campaigning?
•Do you consider attempts at intimidation at my events to be negative campaigning?

I am proud to have had very positive relationships with the staffs of all other campaigns. I haven’t held it against you that some of your supporters have been offensive in expressing their dissatisfaction with my decision to support Chris Romer. I realize that they may not speak for your campaign.

However, these latest actions of intimidation by your staff are inappropriate and as their employer, I feel you are accountable for their actions and that they represent your sentiment and campaign. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
James Mejia
Denver