Adams County Commissioner candidate Chaz Tedesco is trying (and failing) to right his campaign’s ship and offered a laughable defense of his being caught lying during a television interview. His counterpart in District 1, Eva Henry, made the mistake of failing to distance herself from her fellow Democrat.
Tedesco was caught lying about past DUI convictions by CBS4′s Brian Maass last week. This week a history of personal financial problems and allegations of campaign finance irregularities was discovered.
In an interview with the Northglenn-Thornton Sentinel the candidate blamed being tired for his failure to respond truthfully to questions in the interview.
“Perhaps due to my level of exhaustion, I responded with less grace than should have been afforded the situation,” Tedesco said.
‘Less grace’? That’s an interesting way to describe not telling the truth when asked about something multiple times over a period of 10 minutes.
Tedesco goes on to say he hopes voters don’t judge him for the DUIs. As we have said before, the old infractions are not the issue. Not telling the truth when your campaign is based on restoring ethical government to Adams County is however a significant problem.
When you run for public office, you know your background is going to be scrutinized. Tedesco had to know these questions were going to be asked and in fact he had told the Adams County Democratic Party about them previously. So he will tell the truth to his party’s faithful but not the voters?
Michelle Lyng of the Adams County Reform Project had it right when she said, “Mr. Tedesco is exhibiting the very same lack of personal integrity that has branded Adams County among the most corrupt counties in America.”
It is also worth noting that Eva Henry, running for commissioner in District 1, did not do much to distance herself from Tedesco.
Henry said, “The question just blindsided him,” and called it an “unfortunate incident.”
We would beg to differ. It is far more than that.
Adams County has suffered at the hands of corrupt Democrats for decades, especially in recent years. Henry should have made a stronger statement to distance herself from the actions of those within her party that have shamed the county and cost us millions of dollars.
What Adams County citizens expect, and indeed should demand on Election Day, is leaders with unquestionable principles not afraid to ignore political allegiances and just do what is right. Our elected officials are put in office to represent us and our interests, something which Gary Mikes and Donnia Howell promise to do.