Friday, June 15, 2018

Sheriff Elder demands Angley campaign ads pulled, TV stations refuse

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 10:40 AM

Images are from a television ad aired by the Mike Angley campaign.
  • Images are from a television ad aired by the Mike Angley campaign.
In TV ads aired on local stations, El Paso County Sheriff candidate Mike Angley accuses Sheriff Bill Elder of cronyism, corruption and not being conservative enough.
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Elder contends those things aren't true, so hired a lawyer to write letters to the stations asking that the ads be taken down, as first reported by KRDO.

In the letter, attorney Erin Jensen writes, "We respectfully request that your media outlet cease airing the latest Mike Angley ("Mr. Angley") for Sheriff television advertisement (the "Ad"). We recognize that it [sic] not your station's obligation to fact check political ads. However, this [is] a unique situation wherein Mr. Angley's Ad itself demonstrates that some of the statements contained in the Ad are without factual support."

Read the letter here:
But the Communications Act and FCC rules prohibit media from censoring political ads, so none of the stations obliged Elder's request, KRDO reported.

Angley is trying to unseat Elder by winning the Republican nomination in the June 26 primary election. In 2014, Elder was the only sheriff's candidate to qualify for the primary ballot.

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A retired Air Force colonel who worked for years in the Office of Special Investigations, Angley told KRDO his campaign stands behind the ads and can prove every allegation made in them.

As a footnote, Jensen is also representing two of Elder's employees, Bill and Janet Huffor, who recently filed a demand letter with the county. They're seeking $400,000 in damages for a misstep by the county in releasing job applications to the Independent containing their addresses and Social Security numbers.

The Indy notified the county immediately of the exposed information and destroyed the documents. The county has denied the claim.

Jensen hasn't yet returned the Indy's phone call about taking on the sheriff as a client while his other clients are contemplating legal action against the county. (The Sheriff's Office is part of county government.)

Angley says Jensen's representing both Elder and the Huffors "seems to be a conflict."

"Something’s not right about the Sheriff’s campaign lawyer representing two plaintiffs who are suing the same Sheriff…one of the plaintiffs also serving as his Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager," Angley tells the Indy in an email, referring to Janet Huffor.

Her husband, Bill, is a sheriff's lieutenant who the Indy reported made comments to delegates at the March 26 Republican assembly that those delegates interpreted as harassment.

Bill Huffor's pay has increased by 52 percent since Elder took office, increasing from $64,334 in 2014 before Elder became sheriff to $97,604.

The Independent has endorsed Angley.

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