20th Judicial District
Stan Garnett (unopposed)
This should have been easier, considering that Stan Garnett, a Democrat, is running unopposed and we like many of the things that he has done since becoming district attorney.
Garnett appears to be a good fit politically for Boulder. Unlike several members of Boulder’s city council and their employees, including the city manager and city attorney, Garnett, to his credit, doesn’t appear to be a zealot about prosecuting people for things like free speech, pot infractions or, worst of all, being a college student.
But as most of our readers are aware, earlier this year we caught Garnett being less than honest during our Seth Brigham/city council disclosure investigation.
While misleading the media, and thereby the public they are elected to serve, is unforgivable for all elected officials, it is especially reprehensible for those charged with enforcing our laws. If a DA is willing to use false information in one arena when it serves his purposes, then who is to say he isn’t willing to fudge the truth when it comes to other areas, such as prosecuting a suspected criminal?
Like we said, we like most of what Garnett has done. He is very accessible and we believe, most times, forthright, but we know that isn’t true all the time, and trust is hard to regain once broken. The Brigham/disclosure incident makes us wonder if Boulder’s wealthy power players get an easier brand of justice than the culturally less desirable among us.
When it comes to an elected official who is charged with enforcing the law, the appearance of impropriety is just as damaging as impropriety itself. Garnett knows this, and we assume he knew it when he wrongly told us he hadn’t spoken to Boulder City Attorney Tom Carr about the DA’s investigation into city councilman George Karakehian’s disclosure issues just minutes before the DA suddenly and unexpectedly closed the case. It took a formal request of the DA’s and city attorney’s phone records, which showed that the calls had, in fact, taken place, before Garnett’s or Carr’s memory improved.
As much as we wish we could, we simply can’t endorse Stan Garnett for district attorney. Those who enforce the laws must be held to a higher standard.