Sheriff Terry Maketa is only the latest public figure to give the Pikes Peak region a black eye. Here are some others, with transgressions arranged in rough chronological order.
Charlie Duke: A state senator in the 1990s, Duke went off the rails several times. He accused then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and drug czar Bill Bennett of masterminding a break-in of his Monument townhome, making off with his 1996 tax files and a lucky pocketknife, which a Gingrich spokesman denied. He also accused U.S. West of tapping his phone, and later claimed he could hear Satan's voice from the ceiling of the state Capitol. In 1995, he blamed the federal government for blowing up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. In 1998 he resigned mid-term.
Sharon Shipley: El Paso County treasurer for 27 years, Shipley resigned in 1996 after being convicted of official misconduct for her role in the county's pension fund scandal. She accepted loans from Mike Witty, administrator of the county pension fund for which Shipley served as board chair. Witty went to prison in 1997 for stealing pension money.
Betty Beedy: A county commissioner from 1997 to 2001, Beedy made national news when she labeled single moms on welfare as "sluts." Later, as a guest on the TV show The View, she referred to "normal white Americans" as she gestured to co-host Starr Jones, who is black. Beedy also refused to support naming a highway for Martin Luther King Jr., saying it would be inappropriate because King had extramarital affairs.
Charles Wingate: As a Colorado Springs city councilman, Wingate resigned mid-term in 2003 after using city credit cards to buy pizza. He also was accused of downloading porn onto his city computer and pawning his city laptop. (In the past year, he's re-emerged, having been found guilty of misdemeanor child abuse after authorities found his autistic, 13-year-old son naked in a home full of feces and live and dead rodents.)
Ted Haggard: A national figure in the evangelical movement, Haggard headed New Life Church for years, demonizing the gay lifestyle. In 2006, a male prostitute went public, saying Haggard had paid him for sex for three years and bought crystal meth from him. Haggard resigned.
John Newsome: Serving one term as Fourth Judicial District Attorney, Newsome wasn't re-elected in 2008 after local TV station KOAA-Channels 5/30 exposed him for drinking heavily during work hours, then driving away in a county vehicle.
Doug Lamborn: Elected to Congress in 2007, Lamborn has used the words "tar baby" in referring to President Obama, boycotted the State of the Union address in 2012 and blurted out classified information about North Korea's nuclear capabilities during an open-session broadcast on C-SPAN in 2013.
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