IT’S CRIMINAL: School Board Member Jeered For “Rambling, Self-Absorbed” Graduation Speech, Arrested on Warrant

UPDATE: An eagle-eyed reader notes that Democrat Noonan ran for State Senate in 2006, losing to Republican Mike Kopp, despite self-funding her race to the tune of nearly $250,000. Noonan now runs the left-leaning Capitol Watch.

Local politics can sometimes be the most fun to cover, as it brings us gems like JeffCo school board member Paula Noonan, who was arrested last week on an outstanding warrant.

Perhaps best known as the graduation speaker who was booed, jeered and literally drowned out with air horns for giving what was dubbed a “rambling, self-absorbed” speech at Dakota Ridge High School, Noonan has now found herself back in the limelight for all the wrong reasons.

But, wait, it gets better.

In a move so stupid only a politician could make it, Noonan publicized her mistakes along the way.

Reports the Columbine Courier:

Jeffco school board member Paula Noonan was arrested during a traffic stop Jan. 8 when Denver police officers became aware of an outstanding warrant from a 2011 traffic ticket.

Noonan wrote in a letter to the editor of the Courier that in 2011 she was ticketed for not having proof of insurance when she was pulled over. Noonan was given a court date, which she said she missed.

What kind of elected official does something like that? Apparently, ones who also give speeches worthy of a 9News segment just about how awful they were. [Full video after the jump]

Flashback to that epic 9News segment:

“They laughed, they booed, they tried air horns — anything to get her to stop speaking and sit down. She didn’t, and now the JeffCo school district is receiving complaint letters.

Here’s 9News reporter Kyle Clark:”



FIRST RACES CALLED: Shaffer, Pace Massacred

We have no polling. No inside information to report.

But the Peak is prepared to call the races in the 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts, with two Big Shot legislative Democrats set to receive a thorough shellacking.

Sal Pace (D-Urination) and Senate President Brandon Shaffer ran two of the most feckless campaigns in Colorado history, never even remotely threatening two incumbent freshmen Republican Congressmen, Scott Tipton and Cory Gardner.

Despite Pace’s feckless fumble, liberal groups targeted Congressman Tipton with withering harassment for the entirety of his first two years, but to utterly no effect. We don’t know the margin yet, but it’s safe to say the “tax-raising twit” — as Grover Norquist dubbed Pace — is going down pretty hard.

Shaffer may have attempted to draw himself a winnable district during redistricting, but the Brandon-Mander didn’t come to be, instead seeing Shaffer stuck in a district that might be safely described as R+457. He’ll go down in probably the biggest loss in CD4 in decades.


PACE PUBLIC PEE BLACKOUT OVER: GJ Sentinel Drops Urination Bomb On Pueblo Democrat

Nearly a year after we broke the news of Congressional candidate Sal Pace’s second arrest for public urination, a mainstream media publication has finally acknowledged the criminal act in print.

In an article about Pace’s meeting with the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel’s editorial board, Gary Harmon touches on Pace’s biggest Google problem.

Sal Pace, the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Scott Tipton, painted himself as a maverick unafraid to defy his own party leaders.

Pace also told The Daily Sentinel editorial board Monday he regretted two incidents when he was younger.

Pace, twice, was charged with public urination: once as a Fort Lewis College student in Durango and, more recently, in downtown Denver in 2003, when he was working as a staffer on a campaign against Referendum A, which was to build unspecified water projects around the state.

“The hardest part was telling my parents and some day I’m going to have to explain it to my kids,” Pace said.

As the Sentinel is one of the biggest publications in the conservative 3rd Congressional District, you can be sure more than a few folks will be learning of this incident through today’s paper. That is, if they hadn’t tried to type Sal Pace’s name into Google, only to have the first auto-suggestion be “sal pace criminal record.”

As we noted last week, the CD3 race is increasingly becoming a lock for incumbent Republican Congressman Scott Tipton. Outside groups haven’t been spending money, Pace recently lost his Communications Director and overall the race seems to be drifting away from competitive territory.

Even if Pace were doing better, this race would not be leaning in Pace’s favor with his full criminal record reaching print for the first time less than 50 days out from the election. Maybe Pace should have addressed this last year.


FIVE FINGER DISCOUNT: Dem Running In HD58 Gets Caught Shoplifting, Vows To Continue Campaign


UPDATE: The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel‘s Charles Ashby reports this wasn’t Theis’s first criminal act:

The charge isn’t Theis’ first run-in with the law.

A day after Thanksgiving last November, she was issued summonses on two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, having an open container in her vehicle and weaving in traffic, according to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation search of her criminal history.

Theis said she recently underwent surgery and was on painkillers at the time.

But she also mixed those painkillers with beer.

Fundraising must not be going well for Tammy Theis, a Democrat running for State House District 58 in Montrose. The Watch reports that Theis was caught shoplifting at a supermarket last week, but is vowing to continue her campaign against incumbent Republican Don Coram.

“Once police arrived, Montrose resident Tammy Theis was issued a citation for shoplifting miscellaneous merchandise under the value of $500,” [Montrose Police Cmdr. Gene] Lillard said.

…“It was my mistake,” Theis said. “I had a campaign on my mind and it was a human error. I am gravely sorry that it happened. It was a mistake and it has not changed the campaign at all. I am still running against Don Coram and I am looking forward to debating him in October.”

The stable of Democrats running for office this year is beginning to read more like a court docket every day.First there was Sal Pace, a Democrat running for Congress with a long and embarrassing criminal record that invites comparison to disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Then there is the RTD candidate, Vince Chowdhury, who was arrested for assaulting his daughter for not opening the garage door quick enough.

Now this. And from what we hear, there’s plenty more rap sheets tied to Democratic candidates to come.

(H/T to Revealing Politics for catching the story)


WHY PACE HATES PEAK: First Google Auto Suggest Result For Sal Pace Is “Sal Pace Criminal Record”

If you're a regular reader of this site you know liberals hate us. Loathe us. Despise our very existence. That's because we're bringing the fight to where liberals have long reigned in Colorado — the internets. No longer. Democrat Congressional candidate and State Rep. Sal Pace (D-Urination) illustrates exactly how much impact we're having.

When you type in "Sal Pace" in a Google search the first thing Google suggests is "sal pace criminal record." See the image below for the damage done in all its glory:

If you're not familiar with the story, last September we at Colorado Peak Politics broke the news that Pace had a long and embarrassing criminal record that invited comparisons to disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner. 

What we turned up in our investigation turned out to be far more than the arrests in college turned up by The Denver Post in 2010 when he was running for a safe State House seat in Pueblo.

We found not one, but two(!), arrests for public urination, including a time when Pace was arrested on 700 E. Colfax for public urination — mere blocks from the Capitol where Pace was working as a legislative staffer at the time.

From felony burglary to bench warrants for his arrest, Pace didn't exactly have the record most candidates like to run on in competitive Congressional elections.

Now, it seems, the internet has picked up with our reporting and run with it, even as the mainstream media has still refused to report on it.

With increasing amounts of Coloradans voting by mail, and usually Googling candidates names before making their selection, Pace must really hate the Peak right about now. We wouldn't have it any other way.  


“I DON’T KNOW”: Congressional Candidate Sal Pace Trying To Dodge Obamacare Position

Congressional candidate Sal Pace (D-Urination) made a major mistake yesterday in trying to skirt The Denver Post's questions about his position on Obamacare. When asked whether he would have voted for Obamacare when it came up for a vote in Congress, Pace was caught flat-footed, saying "I don't know."

On an issue that defined the 2010 elections, and saw his former boss, now former Congressman John Salazar, ousted from office over it, you would think Pace would have thought through his public position. Guess not.

Reports Sara Burnett:

Asked by The Denver Post last week whether he would have supported the bill in 2010, Pace said “I don’t know,” and added that he has concerns with the bill’s mandate that Americans buy health insurance.  

“I certainly am a strong advocate of expanding health care access,” said Pace, who has represented Pueblo in the state House since 2008. “I think it’s a moral issue. No one should die in poverty because of one illness. But I think it makes economic sense too.”

Really? He doesn’t know?

The thing is, Pace does know, he just doesn't want to say he would have supported the highly unpopular legislation. With Obama likely to go down by at least double digits in Pace's 3rd Congressional District, Pace can't afford to be associated with anything else that unpopular in the district. 

The problem for Pace is he has an extensive record supporting Obamacare and even more left wing health care legislation. In 2009, Pace signed a petition by the Progressive States Network sent to President Obama and Congress that read:

"As leaders in state legislatures across the country, we urgently call on President Obama and the US Congress to take up and pass comprehensive health care reform in 2009."

When Pace signed that petition, urging an even bigger version of Obamacare that included a public (read: government) option, he had no idea he would be running for Congress in 2012. At that point, Congressman Salazar looked safely ensconced in his seat and Pace was happily representing a safe Democrat seat in Pueblo. There was no risk in giving a full-throated endorsement of Obamacare.

As a State Rep in 2009, Pace also co-sponsored left wing legislation, HB1273, to enact what the Rocky Mountain News called "a Canadian-style, single-payer universal health care system in Colorado." The legislation was considered so left wing that even Democrat Governor Bill Ritter went on the record opposing it

With a formal record on government-run health care like that, "I don't know" not only doesn't cut it, but it's a flat out lie. Pace does know, he just doesn't have the stones to say so. 

Well, Sal, just like your extensive criminal record, just because you don't want to talk about it, doesn't mean it didn't happen.    


NRCC RESERVES $18M IN AIR TIME: Denver Media Market Third Largest Recipient Of Massive Ad Buy

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) independent expenditure arm has reserved over $18 million for advertising after Labor Day, according to Roll Call, with the Denver media market the third largest recipient of NRCC cash. In total $1.64 million has been put down for ads in the Denver market, which reaches into the three most competitive Congressional races in Colorado — Congressional districts 3, 6 and 7.

The Denver media market only reaches part of the 3rd Congressional District, where Congressman Scott Tipton is facing a challenge from State Rep. Sal Pace (D-Urination), meaning the bulk of the ad buys are likely targeted at the 6th and 7th Congressional districts. We won't know what races are getting what part of the ad buy until the spots themselves are created later on this year. 

CD6 should technically be a competitive district based on voter registration alone after redistricting, but Democrat challenger Joe Miklosi has been a weak candidate, raising less money per quarter than any other targeted race in the country. His campaign thus far has been pathetic, taking weeks to capitalize on Coffman's Obama comments and facing a back pay complaint from the campaign's former finance director. Due to that, we're betting a good portion of the NRCC money will be spent on taking down Ed Perlmutter in CD7. 

In CD7, Congressman Ed Perlmutter is facing a stiffer than expected challenge from former CoorsTek CEO Joe Coors Jr. Coors's campaign has already dropped $400,000 on two introductory ads. Perlmutter has yet to go up on TV. The Roll Call article says the CD7 race is "less competitive" at this point, most likely due to the conventional wisdom about Perlmutter's relative political safety after his 11-point trouncing of Ryan Frazier in 2010. But the district became much more Republican after redistricting. Additionally, Coors reached the highest level of the NRCC's candidate support program, Young Guns, three months before Frazier did, leading some observers (like us) to believe the CD7 race will be much more competitive this time around.

In April, the NRCC's Democrat counterpart, the DCCC, reserved $2.5 million in ad time in the Denver media market. The DCCC's deputy executive director told The Colorado Observer that some of the money is likely to go into defending Perlmutter's seat. 

The NRCC's ad reservations continue a trend begun by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), which reserved $25 million in ad time for the fall back in early April. Party committees have been reserving large blocks of ad time this early on to get better rates. With the expected competition of Super PACs and the presidential campaigns, the cost of advertising is likely to skyrocket in the fall, leading the parties to lock in better rates now.

This latest news only confirms what we already knew — this fall your TV (and YouTube, Facebook, Twitter) will be blanketed with political ads. It's shaping up to be the most expensive election in state and national history. 


URINATION WATCH: Sal Pace And Mark Ferrandino On The Talking Point Of Pee

If you were a Congressional candidate with a long and storied criminal record for public urination, you would think that you would avoid mentioning the bathroom in news stories. Not Sal Pace. In a Denver Post story today about trackers following Congressional candidates, Sal Pace complains his tracker follows him down the hall to the bathroom.

According to our sources, that's a complete fabrication. The tracker has never followed Pace to the bathroom.

But considering Pace has been arrested twice for public urination, including only blocks from the state Capitol in 2003, it would seem entirely reasonable to see if Pace relieves himself inappropriately. 

Adding to the seeming urine-fest at the Capitol today was none other than Pace's replacement as House Minority Leader, Mark Ferrandino.

During a bill to require drug testing for recipients of welfare, Ferrandino added an amendment to require drug testing of all statewide elected officials and legislators as well. 

In trying to be cute about his amendment, even though he and all Democrats voted against the legislation, Ferrandino passed out urine sample cups with the face of every member of the Appropriations Committee on them.

Let it be known — we fully support Ferrandino's amendment. We'd love to know what Joe Miklosi was smoking when he tried to add motorcycle gangs to the list of protected classes in Colorado. 

With all of this talk about urine, maybe, just maybe, someone in the mainstream media will finally cover the full extent of Sal Pace's infamous criminal career. 

For inquiring minds, here are the original arrest and court records for Pace's Pee Spree. 


Sal Pace’s Criminal Record Blacked Out by Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Published on March 23, 2012 by

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the once laudable newspaper of record in Grand Junction and surrounding Western Slope communities, is gradually losing credibility as an objective, trustworthy news source.  The character of the Daily Sentinel has become more liberal since it changed ownership, and the current staff appear unresponsive to letters to the editor which call for unbiased reporting of important events and issues. 

Some writers on the staff at the Sentinel, such as Bill Grant and Denny Herzog, are unabashedly biased toward the Left, and often use inflammatory rhetoric when referring to Conservatives or conservatively-oriented topics. One of the most blatant pieces of evidence of this bias is the virtual blackout on the part of the Sentinel of any stories, or letters to the editor, that reveal the extensive criminal record of the Democrat candidate for Colorado Congressional District 3 (CD3), Sal Pace.  

Sal Pace, a Liberal Democrat fro Pueblo and former minority leader in the Colorado House, has an extensive criminal record which would make him the posterior of every political joke in Western Colorado, if the Daily Sentinel would actually print the truth about him. But it appears that the biased omission of Pace's criminal past is as much a plan to help him beat Scott Tipton in the Fall, as it is a case of journalistic selective mutism.

For starters: Pace has an extensive criminal driving record which includes:

  • Driving without a valid license
  • Driving under restraint
  • Driving without proof of insurance
  • Expired license plates
  • Suspended license plates

His arrest record goes beyond the minor traffic issues, to bizarre and seemingly incorrigible, behavior.

If this record was attached to the name of any conservative or Republican candidate in CD3, you can bet that it would be daily news in the Daily Sentinel. Any observant student of the inner workings of the press knows that there is bias, but journalistic malpractice on the part of the political staff at the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel has turned a once revered news source into a laughable bird cage liner.

When will the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel begin to dissect the dicey past of Sal Pace? When will they print letters to the editor that point to the glaring defects of the Democrat candidate for CD3? Who knows. In the meantime, Americans are increasingly turning to online sources, blogs and news websites, for their breaking news and information. The print media, such as the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, still has its value, in the bird cage, or the puppy potty corner.




TRANSPARENT BS: Sal Pace Loves Him Some Sunshine, Except On His Extensive Criminal Record

On Sunday, Charles Ashby of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel wrote up a piece on Colorado's less-than-stellar record on ethics and openness in government. A report by the Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International and Global Integrity gave Colorado a miserable D+ in ethics. 

In the article, Congressional candidate and state Rep. Sal Pace (D-Urination) was quoted praising Colorado's transparency laws, despite Pace's own struggles with ethics in government and transparency regarding his own extensive criminal record

Pace's quote:

“There are strong transparency laws on the books in Colorado,” Pace said. “Sunshine laws require public notice for meetings and require open records for elected officials’ calendars and correspondence. The public holds awesome power, if they choose to utilize it, to keep their elected officials honest.”

Does Pace actually think he can just paper over his own embarrassing past with Common Cause platitudes?

Remember, this is the same politician who received a taxpayer funded bonus of almost $7,000 for working on the political campaign of then-Congressman John Salazar. How's that for ethics in government?

It's also the same political candidate who has a criminal record of two public urination arrests, a bench warrant for failure to appear on the second public urination arrest and a charge of felony burglary to boot. 

In order to help Pace out with the idea of transparency in government, click here to see the police and court records of Pace's past brushes with the law.

Since we uncovered the felony charge, the second public urination arrest and some driving record charges last September, Pace has yet to discuss his criminal record on the record.

If you believe so much in transparency, Rep. Pace, why don't you discuss how your bad judgment in the past will make you a better member of Congress?

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