Letter: Schroetlin takes low road
To the Editor:
One of the reasons we live in Grand County is the quality of life away from the city. With the campaign for Grand County Sheriff, however, big city ugliness has taken over. From outright lies to harassment bordering on bullying to intimidation, we are dealing with a candidate that has no problem showing lack of ethics when he is expected to be upholding our laws.
Brett Schroetlin is orchestrating campaign ads against Undersherriff John Stein through various supporters. The supports’ ads and public comments are untrue and full of deception. He then claims to only to be pulled into negative campaigning outside of his control. Sorry, Mr. Schroetlin, the one that is pulling the strings on the puppet is the one in control. How can we expect him to be an effective executor of the law when he does not hold himself accountable to be honest and stand up for his own actions and those working for him?
Another tactic of Mr. Schroetlin’s egregious behavior is that his campaign committee has been directed to attack and single out Stein supporters so they are afraid to speak out in favor of Undersheriff Stein out of fear. A prime example of this action was during a recent debate, Investigator Andre Johnson was asking questions to the candidates while in uniform. Sgt. Kraker, a supporter for Mr. Schroetlin, stopped the forum and asked that Investigator Johnson be removed from the building for participation in uniform and be reprimanded. Sgt. Kraker did not stop the forum and request the same action when Kremmling Sgt. Todd Wilson was asking questions while he also was in uniform. The key difference here – Investigator Johnson is a Stein supporter while Sgt. Wilson is a Schroetlin supporter.
Additionally, Stein supporters are being threatened and intimidated on social media and in public at the leadership of Mr. Schroetlin. That is not how any police officer, let alone a sheriff, should act.
Some of the negative information released about Undersherriff Stein in the negative ads by his opponent was proven in a court of law to be untrue. If the information is not true, why release it? It is the act of a person with an agenda to do and say anything to get elected. Lying to citizens is usually the act of a desperate person trying to sway votes in his direction. This is also usually done by a losing candidate as a last ditch effort to play dirty against a better and more qualified candidate.
Not only are his negative comments regarding Undersherriff Stein untrue and his campaigning unethical, his plans for law enforcement within Grand County are unrealistic. He is promising increased law and traffic enforcement and is promising to generate revenue off increased tickets. Does he really think that revenue off of increased ticketing will offset the cost of his proposed increases in labor expenses? I believe there is a lack of administrative and budgetary experience speaking loud and clear in his promises.
I must ask the citizens of Grand County to really think about what is best for the county. Do they want a sheriff candidate that has his own best interest in mind or do they want someone that has been in public service for almost 25 years, has been forthright and ethical in his actions and has the best interest of the CITIZENS in mind? My support goes wholeheartedly to Undersherriff John Stein and the positive impact he will have on our community.
Golden and Grand County
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