PARKER – On Tuesday, the slate of four union-backed Douglas County school board candidates, and a small group of their supporters, stood at the entrance of Castle View High School in Parker, waving signs as parents dropped off their kids for the start of class.
The union slate supporters encountered DougCo parents and activists who were there to protest candidate Ronda Scholting’s decision to produce and disseminate a campaign ad containing doctored audio.
Documentary filmmaker Brian Malone was also present, flanked by Scholting who appeared to be interviewing supporters, collecting footage for his documentary which follows the Board of Education race.
Some DougCo parents are concerned that Scholting is politicizing a school board race and taking “low blows” on what should be an election focused on issues, not personal attacks.
Scholting has been dogged by controversy in recent days, as critics have taken aim at the union-backed candidate for producing a doctored video which misrepresented the comments of another candidate, Meghann Silverthorn.
The former journalist has since removed the ad, which spliced together audio from a radio interview to manufacture a soundbite she then attributed to her opponent.
Her old employer, KMGH, wouldn’t comment directly on the video ad, concluding that those answers were “moral [questions] best left to a journalism professor,” according to KMGH spokesman Jeff Harris.
Scholting has positioned herself as a non-partisan candidate who believes “parents know best.” However, her past is speckled with progressive initiatives, Democrat campaign stints and liberal-funded political training camps.
The public-relations professional is a graduate of the Center for Progressive Leadership-Colorado program, which focuses on “Progressive Philosophy, Vision and Values” and to “engage new leaders in the progressive movement.”
She was also a graduate of the Colorado Institute for Leadership Training, which includes alumni such as liberal Congressional candidate Andrew Romanoff and ousted former Congresswoman Betsy Markey, who is now running for State Treasurer.
According to Colorado Peak Politics, Scholting contributed the largest amount allowable under state law to former State Senator Angela Giron. In turn, Giron gave Scholting $100 for her campaign for Parker Fire District. The conservative blog also reported that Scholting produced Angela Giron’s first campaign commercials, suggesting a close and long-standing political relationship with the recalled State Senator.
Progressive Majority and the Network for Public Education (NPE) also endorsed Scholting for School Board. NPE is the group founded by Diane Ravitch – “a woman Democratic Congressman and school reform supporter Jared Polis recently condemned as an “evil woman who is doing such harm to public education.”
Scholting also made a failed attempt to run against Mike Coffman for Congressional District 6, only to be disparaged by liberal blog ColoradoPols in a post titled “Everybody Wants to Not Get Elected in CD-6.”
The four union backed candidates will continue their high school tour throughout district schools for the remainder of the week.