CASTLE ROCK –Revealing Politics blogger and former Observer contributor Devan Crean reports she was followed to her car by a visibly flustered DougCo school board candidate, Julie Keim, on Monday evening.
According to Crean, Keim was “not happy” about her recording the candidate’s public appearances.
Ironically, the the AFL-CIO backed slate of candidates has expressed their distaste for the tracker who’s been filming their public appearances – at a viewing of a documentary that intricately detailed the actions and lives of their opponents.
Then, Keim complained via Facebook that she “wanted the whole tape so that I could show if anything was used out of context.”
That too is ironic, given that one of Keim’s fellow candidates on the union-endorsed slate, Ronda Scholting, recently came under fire for selectively editing an interview between her opponent Meghann Silverthorn and 850 KOA radio host Mike Rosen to manufacture a fake sound byte she then attributed to Silverthorn.
To create the doctored chop-audio ad, Scholting deleted nearly two minutes of the interview, something she did not disclose when she released the campaign video last month.
Scholting later removed the video from her Facebook page under intense criticism.
At the candidate forum following a September 30 viewing of “The Reformers” – an agenda-driven film critical of changes implemented by the reform-minded school board over the past four years – Julie Keim and Bill Hodges stayed afterwards as part of an informal candidate forum.
After the Q&A session, Crean left the event to return to her car, only to find that Keim was “running after me” saying, “[y]ou do not have my or Bill’s consent to film.”
“You can and will provide a full copy and if you do not I will speak with an attorney…you’ve been doing this a lot lately, and I am not happy about it” Keim reportedly said.
Critics of the union-backed slate of candidates have accused Keim of trying to stifle basic first amendment freedoms.
According to Crean, the event was open to the public and no one stopped her from attending the viewing.
In response to a request for comment, Keim said she “asked the individual for a copy of the video” and “respects everyone’s first amendment right.”
“It was my understanding that it was a private event and not a public forum,” Keim noted in a lengthy Facebook response. “It is my right to tell you that I do not authorize you to use my image or audio. It is your right to ignore my request.”
Political observers remain skeptical of what Keim is hiding at “private [events].”
Keim will face off against Judi Reynolds for the District D seat on November 5.