Aspen newspapers continue to whitewash or ignore allegation that Boebert’s opponent was blackmailed

A few weeks ago, the Democratic candidate for Colorado’s Third Congressional District was accused of being blackmailed into changing his position on a matter of city policy while he was a city councilman in Aspen. He’s running against conservative firebrand Lauren Boebert, a person the liberal Aspen elite undisguisedly hate and would love to see beaten by Frisch.

The Aspen newspapers – part of that Aspen liberal elite – have mostly dismissed or buried the blackmail story, to the extent they’ve covered it at all. The Aspen Daily News finally published something over a week after the story broke elsewhere:

“The story — which Frisch, his family and his campaign deny — goes something like this: in May 2017, Frisch rode his bike to the storage unit owned by the local taxi company, which was caught on security footage. A staff member of the company subsequently found Frisch engaging in an extramarital activity in one of those units; a year later, when the city council was considering a “mobility lab” that Gardner found threatening to his business, the taxi company owner blackmailed Frisch into changing his vote, swinging the city council away from moving forward with a contract that would have brought rideshare companies such as Lyft more meaningfully to Aspen.”

The blackmail allegation glossed over by the newspaper is that the taxi owner has a video showing everything in the story except the sex in the storage unit; it’s undisputed that he sent that video to Frisch in an email; and the taxi owner himself says “it absolutely was blackmail.” It should be noted, but the newspaper article does not, that the blackmailer is no Boebert supporter — he calls her “clueless.”

Here are some questions that a real newspaper reporter might ask Frisch after his blanket denial:

  • You say you deny the story, but what part?
  • Do you deny that it was you in the video?
  • Do you deny that you waited for the woman in the video and then went into the storage building with her, as the video seems to show?
  • Do you deny having sex with her in the storage unit, as the taxi assistant says she witnessed?
  • Do you deny having received the taxi owner’s email attaching the video in the time frame during which city council was considering the mobility lab?
  • Do you deny that you failed to respond to the video with something like, “Huh? What’s this video?”
  • Do you deny that you failed to contact authorities to report what appeared to be an attempted blackmailing of you, as the taxi owner himself contends?
  • Do you deny that the blackmailing was successful – that the video changed your vote, as the taxi owner contends?

A fair reading is that Frisch implicitly admits the entire story, except the last point: He denies that the attempted blackmailing was successful. Rather, he apparently asserts that he was in the process of changing his mind anyway.

What Frisch is obviously eager to change now is the subject. But a real newspaper with real and unbiased reporters would not be so eager to oblige. A real newspaper with real and unbiased reporters would ask Frisch these questions. If he refuses to answer them, then a real newspaper with real and unbiased reporters would report his refusal.

Alas, apparently no such newspaper and no such reporters exist in Aspen.

“Democracy dies in darkness” – Washington Post

Aspen newspapers are finally covering blackmail story — with a pillow

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.

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Aspen newspapers refuse to report blackmail of Democrat running to unseat Lauren Boebert

The story in Glitter Gulch this week is one of blackmail, video cameras, small-time and big-time politics, sex, corruption and, of course, money. But the local newspapers refuse to report the story, apparently because they want a loser to win.

Here’s the story, as reported initially in Breitbart and now picked up by half a dozen outlets.

Democrat Adam Frisch is running to unseat conservative firebrand Lauren Boebert in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. Frisch was an Aspen city councilman for eight years, stepping down in 2019. According to an article in the Aspen Times at the time he stepped down, “some constituents thought he oscillated, or that he voted whatever way the political winds were blowing.”

Frisch’s response was “I was being pragmatic and people appreciated that . . . But people saw me making the sausage in my head and thought I was being wishy-washy. … I would’ve been more effective if I talked less.”

One of those constituents has offered an alternative reason for Frisch’s wishy-washy, pragmatic, sausage making. He says he blackmailed Frisch for his, um, oscillating.

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Boebert the Betrayer vs. Frisch the Fascist – shootout at Shooters Grill!

I received an email from a guy named Adam Frisch. He’s running for Lauren Boebert’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

You remember Boebert. She’s bright, engaging and unburdened by the crap they teach in college these days. She’s also owner of a local Colorado institution called “Shooter’s Grill.” Naturally, the home of Boebert and Shooters Grill is Rifle, Colorado.

Boebert says and does things that trigger Democrats. Such as wearing a sidearm to work – both her former work in the Grill and her current work in the House. She doesn’t suffer fools lightly, but insofar as I know she doesn’t shoot them.

Frisch is a Minnesota native who made more than a good living as a Wall Street banker after marrying a rich heiress. His banking specialty was currency trading. Between his choice of wife as an heiress and his choice of career as a currency trader, you could say he’s currently currency’d. With some of that currency, he moved to Aspen and with other of that currency he sent his kids to East Coast boarding schools.

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