DENVER – Union-backed school board candidate Ronda Scholting’s video ad is turning into what could have been a deleted-scene from Will Ferrell’s 2012 “The Campaign.”
After multiple complaints from Facebook users, DougCo parents, and talk-show host Mike Rosen, Douglas County Board of Education Candidate Ronda Scholting removed, without comment or notice, the embellished video ad from her “Ronda Scholting for DougCo Schools” Facebook fan page.
The ad is still listed under the page’s “Videos” section, however, the original post alleging Meghann Silverthorn’s distaste for “soccer mom’s” has been hidden from the timeline section.
A rebuttal video from a YouTube user questioned Scholting’s deletion of nearly two-minutes of audio from a KOA 850 interview conducted by Mike Rosen.
Scholting took bits and pieces of Rosen’s interview with her opponent, Meghann Silverthorn, and spliced them together to manufacture a soundbyte for a campaign video.
The Observer reported on the Scholting video doctoring scandal over the weekend.
Despite the raft of negative attention the video-splice has generated for Scholting’s campaign, at least one of her supporters defended the cut-and-paste attack ad on Facebook.
“[W]hat ad do you know of that hasn’t been spliced?” the Scholting backer asked rhetorically.
However, most observers have been less supportive of Scholting’s tabloid-style spot.
Asked to comment, Silverthorn said she thought Scholting’s manipulation of the Rosen interview was “not okay in most Douglas County citizens’ worlds,” and “misrepresented both mine and Rosen’s comments.”
“It’s one thing to cut out coughs, pauses, or other extraneous noise,” added Silverthorn.
“Her willful and wanton misrepresentation of the conversation in that video is just a sign of how desperate liberal Democrats and the teachers’ union are to win back control of the DougCo school board so they can bring back the union and kill the current boards long-needed improvements,” Rosen told The Observer.
Rosen, who on Friday called Scholting out on his show for misrepresenting his, and Silverthorn’s, remarks, posted the YouTube rebuttal on 850koa.com.
Scholting is a former news reporter and, by some accounts, a progressive climber who has tenaciously sought the spotlight. She was elected to the Parker Fire Protection Board in 2012 and spent most of her career as a broadcast journalist.
In 2008, liberal blog ColoradoPols.com wrote “[s]ome woman named Ronda Scholting, who is apparently the 7News Northern Bureau Reporter” was planning to petition onto the CD-6 ballot to challenge Mike Coffman – “attempt to petition on, anyway.”
Scholting, who represents herself as a centrist, is nonetheless supported by a variety of liberal organizations, and endorsed by the far-left Progressive Majority which seeks “the best progressive leaders to run for office.”
Progressive Majority is the same group that supported ousted Senate-leader John Morse, who was booted out of office earlier this month for supporting a controversial package of gun control bills and legislation mandating costly energy requirements throughout the state.