As reported in numerous outlets including this site, a man came forward last week alleging that he blackmailed the Democrat candidate challenging conservative firebrand Lauren Boebert for Colorado’s Third Congressional District, while the candidate was a city councilman in Aspen. The two daily newspapers – both overtly liberal – refused to run the story even while numerous citizens brought it to their attention.
The Dem candidate is Adam Frisch, and the Congresswoman he is campaigning to unseat is Lauren Boebert. Frisch presents himself as a high-minded moderate intellectual, but his initial broadcast email drumming up support name-called Boebert, in junior high fashion, “Boebert the Betrayer.” His campaign has gone downhill from there.
Boebert’s district went for Trump by over 9 points in the 2020 election, so Frisch has an uphill battle, which just got steeper.
The substance of the blackmail allegation is that the blackmailer successfully coerced Frisch to flip his position on a proposal to allow the ride sharing service Lyft into Aspen to compete with the blackmailer’s local taxi company a few years ago.
Frisch initially supported the Lyft proposal, but flipped to opposing it. The blackmailer said the reason for Frisch’s flip is that his assistant caught Frisch having sex in a woman’s storage unit that the blackmailer had rented out to the woman. This was after a surveillance camera shows Frisch appearing on a bicycle at the facility, apparently waiting for the woman to appear in her car, and then going with the woman to the storage unit. There, according to the blackmailer, his assistant who went to investigate discovered them doing things that would be considered fun though immoral (both were married to others) if not for the setting.
The blackmailer says he later emailed the video to Frisch with a request that he reconsider his position on Lyft, and he did.
The newspapers finally reported on the story today, but the reports leave out all the details. They’re instead couched in Frisch’s meme that this just goes to show the desperation of Boebert.
In fact, the reports are headlined under the “story” that Frisch won some endorsements (which happened before the blackmail story broke). The first paragraphs focus on that (while containing numerous typos and mistakes including getting names wrong) and also on Frisch’s allegation that Boebert is a bad Congresswoman. Buried well into the stories are the allegations of blackmail, and even there the allegations are presented in a vague manner framed in Frisch’s attacks on Boebert.
The newspapers parrot Frisch’s defense to the blackmail: “It’s a lie.”
OK, but what about the particulars? Frisch fails to address many details because the newspapers fail to ask him, such as:
*Is he saying that the man on the bicycle is not him? If that’s his position, then why hasn’t he said “That’s not even me!” Significantly, the bicycle in the video is somewhat distinctive in that it has an old-style rack over the rear wheel. Did Frisch have such a bike at the time? If not, then why hasn’t he said, “I didn’t even own such a bike!”
*Is he admitting that the man on the bicycle was indeed him, but he knows nothing about the woman whom he appeared to wait for, and so it was just a coincidence that they went into the storage facility together?
*Is he saying that he does know the woman, and they went into the storage facility together and went to a particular unit, but the storage facility assistant who reported that she saw them having sex in that unit is lying?
*Is he saying they did indeed have sex in the unit, but he changed his position on the Lyft proposal for reasons unrelated to the whole affair after the blackmailer sent him the videoclip?
Here’s another interesting angle. Will the Pitkin County District Attorney open a blackmail investigation? We have here an allegation by the blackmailer himself that he successfully blackmailed an elected official into changing his position on a matter of city politics. If true, this would constitute a crime by both the blackmailer and his victim.
Or will the DA similarly whitewash the matter?
One more question. Remember how suppressing the Hunter Biden story blew up in the face of the media? Well, here we go again. Journo majors are as stupid as they are biased.
“Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.”
— David Burge (@IowaHawk) on Twitter, 2013