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Via ColoradoPols: GOP guv’s race heats up early with joust over death penalty

Author: Dan Njegomir - May 9, 2017 - Updated: June 6, 2017

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A politician accusing another politician of being political is about as original as a DA brandishing his tough-on-crime street cred in a bid for higher office. Yet, put it all together this early in Colorado’s 2018 gubernatorial race, and you still have something noteworthy, maybe even newsworthy. At least, for political junkies.

In a post this week on ColoradoPols, media sentinel Jason Salzman picks up on GOP gubernatorial hopeful Victor Mitchell’s recent remarks dumping on rival GOP contender George Brauchler for his use of the death penalty “for political purposes.” (The context was an interview last Saturday on Colorado Springs conservative talk radio’s “Jeff Crank Show” on KVOR 740-AM.)

Brauchler is the Arapahoe County D.A. who prosecuted Aurora theater shooter and mass murderer James Holmes; sought the death penalty against him, and had to settle for life in prison after the jury wouldn’t go along with death. Mitchell is a Douglas County entrepreneur and former state reprsentative.

Mitchell told host Jeff Crank:

“One of my opponents has been using the death penalty, you know, from all indications — it certainly appears — for political purposes. … And that’s really unfortunate. This is a life or death issue.”

“It was impossible that [Brauchler] was going to get a verdict of a death penalty. …So, there’s $4 million wasted.  [He] is going around the state calling for a death penalty case; some of the victims’ families didn’t want that. But more importantly, it was just about an impossible situation to obtain a death penalty verdict in a guy that was so mentally ill.”

Read Salzman’s full post; it also points you to the radio segment with the interview.



Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is a blogger and opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.


  • jm fay

    May 9, 2017 at 5:34 am

    People; Arapahoe county does not have a DA. We would greatly appreciate you remembering this.

    Thank you.


  • Robert Chase

    May 9, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Brauchler is trying to use the death penalty for political purposes; let’s see how far it gets him!


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