Diary

I guess that there really *are* two Americas.

[UPDATE: Ken Salazar’s office has indicated that the Senator has no intention of making a statement on the assault. I think that it’s thus fair to assume that they aren’t really concerned, then.]

Yesterday, several police officers (including one from Boulder – more anon) decided to arrest – and assault, frankly – a ABC News producer engaged in the heinous crime of taking pictures in public:

ABC Reporter Arrested in Denver Taking Pictures of Senators, Big Donors

Asa Eslocker Was Investigating the Role of Lobbyists and Top Donors at the Convention

DENVER — Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel.

Police on the scene refused to tell ABC lawyers the charges against the producer, Asa Eslocker, who works with the ABC News investigative unit.

A cigar-smoking Denver police sergeant, accompanied by a team of five other officers, first put his hands on Eslocker’s neck, then twisted the producer’s arm behind him to put on handcuffs.

Annnd here’s the video. Please note the push into the street/”Now you’re in traffic”, the choke hold placed on the producer, and the need for – how many? Five? Six? – cops to arrest the man.

Charming city, Denver. Remind me to visit it, sometime.Now, I’m sure that somebody is going to try to lipstick this particular pig – it looks bad and nobody can blame it on a Republican, which would be sufficient impetus – but this was at best a very dumb thing to do in public. At worst, it’s an especially heavy-handed attempt to cover up the fact that you can’t throw a rock in Denver right now without it bouncing off of the heads of three lobbyists. Including Edwards bagman and lobbyist Fred Baron. Hi, Fred!

Look, I know that it’s embarrassing for Democrats to have to deal with the fact that their candidate’s eventual choice of venue and Vice President gut-shot his previous pious assertion about how lobbyists have no place in his campaign, but that doesn’t excuse slapping around journalists. As ABC News itself points out, this is Denver, not Myanmar. With that in mind:

The Representative for Denver is Diana Degette: her Denver phone number is (303) 844-4988, her Washington phone number is (202) 225-4431, and her fax is (202) 225-5657.

The two Senators for Colorado are: Wayne Allard (Denver Office Phone: (303) 220-7414; Fax: (303) 220-8126; Washington, D.C. Office Phone: (202) 224-5941; Fax: (202) 224-6471) and Ken Salazar (Denver Metro Region Phone: (303) 455-7600; Fax: (303) 455-8851; Washington, D.C. (202) 224-5852 main; (202) 228-5036 fax).

The Governor of Colorado is Bill Ritter (Phone (303) 866-2471; Fax (303) 866-2003)

The Mayor of Denver is John Hickenlooper (phone 720-865-9090, Fax 720-865-8787)

Feel free to ask any or all of them whether they’re a little geographically confused these days. Because I don’t think that any of them really want this:

Things to do in Denver when you're being inconvenient

…to be the public face of Denver.

Moe Lane

And while we’re at it: the Denver Post, by the way, notes that the guy who pushed Eslocker into traffic was actually from the Boulder County Sheriff’s office. That would be Colorado’s Second District, which is Mark Udall’s old district. Why don’t you give him a call at (303) 820-2008? I bet he’d like to hear about all the news about people from his old stomping grounds.