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DENVER (AP) - Calling for a criminal investigation, Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Holtzman on Monday accused the campaign of his primary opponent, Rep. Bob Beauprez, of stealing a detailed list of Holtzman's friends and business associates.
The Holtzman campaign said it wanted the Denver district attorney to investigate possible criminal charges.
"It's very valuable. It's worth millions of dollars for what we're doing. It was stolen from Marc in June or July," said Dick Leggitt, Holtzman's campaign manager.
Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey, said the complaint letter was sent to the wrong fax number and Holtzman's attorneys were being contacted for a copy of the complaint.
"Once we have received an allegation, we do review it. The first step is to see if it warrants further investigation," she said.
Beauprez's spokesman, John Marshall, said he was surprised by the allegation.
"I don't know anything about it," he said.
Holtzman's attorney, John Zakhem, said he has copies of e-mails sent by the Beauprez campaign on Sept. 27 to people on Holtzman's list, which includes the names and addresses of 6,500 contacts.
"Theft of this kind of confidential business information and trade secrets is no mere political tactic," Zakhem said in the complaint. "Rather, it is a crime under Colorado law that strikes at the integrity of Colorado's elections process."
The two men are expected to seek the GOP nomination to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Bill Owens.
The investigation into a late-night barroom brawl led police to three officials of the Butler County Republican Party after one of them left his credit card behind, police say.
A complaint filed with the Butler County Sheriff's Department said that central committee Chairman Quentin Nichols, of West Chester; Tim Dearwester of Hamilton, a member of the central committee; and Sean Maloney of Liberty Township, a member of the executive committee, allegedly assaulted the bartender at Putter's Tavern & Grill shortly after midnight Oct. 26.
Adam William told deputies he approached the trio about a plastic advertising sign being damaged in the men's room. He asked them to leave after one of the men threatened him with a pool stick and another made sexual remarks about the bar's owner, the police report said.
The men then jumped on William and punched and hit him with a chair before the fight moved outside at the Cincinnati-Dayton Road establishment, resulting in a bench being damaged, William told police.
Nichols, Dearwester and Maloney left in a silver or gold Hummer before deputies arrived. No charges have been filed while the brawl remains under investigation. William sustained minor injuries. Damage was estimated at $500 for the sign and the bench.
Nichols left his credit card behind and William turned it over to sheriff's deputies.
Nichols, 43, denied that the altercation happened the way William described to police. But he wouldn't discuss the details.
"It's politics. Some folks out there seem to twist the story on you," Nichols said. "It is a regrettable incident and at the time, I was genuinely concerned for my own safety as well as my companions' safety."
"If you have a Kerry supporter involved, you have to wonder whether the story maybe is getting exaggerated to help the opposition," said Quentin Nichols, the county Republican Party's Central Committee chairman.
"But if it did happen, I'd feel terrible and would be more than willing to apologize to this girl. I'd be shocked if a couple of grown men accosted a young lady just on the basis of a bumper sticker.
The trio doesn't plan to return to Putter's anytime soon. From now on, they'll take turns watching sports and tipping back a few beers at each other's homes, Nichols said.
Originally posted by kenshiro2012
Why stop at just the republicans? Do you mean to infer that there is even one single legislator in DC that is not corrupt? That could not be prosecuted?
The minorty party not under investigation or indictment is "just as bad", right?
It doesn't matter that they aren't doing anything wrong...
...but no topic would be complete without blaming the victim, so go ahead and get it off your chest...