Wright apologizes but won’t leave race
Wright admits he made bad choices
Jared Wright apologized.
The embattled Republican candidate for House District 54 told a small group of supporters Tuesday that he was sorry for the mistakes he made with his job at the Fruita Police Department and his personal finances.
The 29-year-old said he could have handled both situations better, but he quickly added that he will let the voters decide if he deserves to serve in the Colorado House and not a “few self-appointed power brokers” who are trying to get him to leave the race.
“I’d like to first off apologize. I’ve never represented myself to any of you, to anyone other than a very mortal human being,” Wright said. “Everyday we in the human race are forced to make choices. Inherently some of those choices are the wrong ones. I have most certainly made my fair share of poor choices, and poor decisions in my life and have learned some valuable lessons from those decisions.”
On Monday, Republican activist Alex Chaffetz sent out automated telephone calls to more than 6,000 voters in the district asking them to call Wright to demand that he withdraw from the race.
On Tuesday, Gary Bailey, president of the Western Slope Conservative Alliance, sent out similar automated calls of his own.
“I’m calling today to ask you to stand with us in demanding Jared Wright withdraw from the race and allow the Republican Executive Committee for District 54 to appoint someone with integrity and experience,” Bailey said. “As conservatives, we deserve better representation.”
In his first public appearance since The Daily Sentinel reported last week of his personal bankruptcy, Wright said he planned to continue his effort to be the next representative for House District 54 but had a lot of work to do to re-earn the voters’ trust.
The embattled candidate said he didn’t properly prepare for the bad economy, and that led to his decision last year to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection from the more than $74,000 he owed to 48 creditors.
Wright said he’s learned from those experiences and now is in a better position to speak for other Coloradans similarly situated.
“It was a painful decision for me to have to make, but I learned a valuable lesson to budget wisely (and) to save for the rainy days,” Wright told about two dozen people who had gathered at the home of Republican activist Alan Story just north of Fruita. “It’s a lesson that, if the voters choose to elect me, I will take with me to the state Capitol.”
Wright has been under fire in recent weeks over his bankruptcy and the manner in which he lost his job as a Fruita police officer.
That began when the Sentinel published a story in July detailing an internal affairs report that called his honesty into question.
That report showed a pattern of calling police dispatchers, telling him he was on the job when he was still at his own home. His supervisors gave him the option of resigning. If not, they said he would be terminated.
Weeks later, information about his bankruptcy came to light. Although Wright told state GOP party leaders that he filed for bankruptcy because of bad business investments, his own petition for protection cited consumer spending as his reason.