It’s been one week since Democrats announced their slate of candidates to run for city council and mayor in Aurora.

Guess which one of them is already in trouble for saying some really stupid stuff?

Ward V council candidate Chris Rhodes, a community organizer who we are to believe once worked with at-risk youth, was commenting, carelessly, on a recent court judgement of $3 million against former child protection worker Robin Niceta.

It’s a notorious case in which Niceta is charged with retaliation against an elected official, Aurora Councilwoman Danielle Jurinsky. This verdict is from the civil case, the criminal case against Niceta is still pending.

A probable cause affidavit for Niceta’s arrest alleges that Niceta made an anonymous call to Arapahoe County Social Services, where she worked, to falsely report that Aurora Councilwoman Danielle Jurinsky was sexually abusing Jurinsky’s 2-year-old son.

The day before that call was made, Jurinksy had gone on a talk radio show to call for the firing of Vanessa Wilson, who was then Aurora’s police chief.

At the time, Wilson and Niceta were an item, but have since broken up.

It is not okay for child protective service employees to make up salacious accusations against their political enemies to take away their children, and District Judge Elizabeth Volz agreed:

Additionally, Volz wrote, she found Niceta’s false report “especially egregious since it was done by a person tasked with protecting children and knew full well that her false report would result in an investigation and potential separation of a young vulnerable child and a parent, with unknown potential harm to that child.”


She wrote that part of the reason for the amount in damages is to send a message saying that kind of behavior won’t be tolerated by anyone.

Just as egregious is Rhodes’ seeming assertion this was no big deal for a child protective service worker to falsely claim that an infant is being sexually abused by a parent, compared to the mean names politicians sometimes call people.

Memo to Rhodes: Justice for the victim isn’t about what the offender can afford to pay, it’s about paying for the crime one committed.

Otherwise you’re talking about justice for the offender, which is what progressives support and is largly to blame for Colorado’s crime wave. If there’s no punishment to fit the crime, there’s no deterrent to committing crime.




After he was called out on Twitter for his outrageous criticism, Rhodes apologized to Jurinsky in a private phone call, but we’ve yet to see an actual public apology.

Rhodes is running for the seat currently held by  Councilmember Alison Coombs, who is running for an at-large seat.