GOP dodges question on its support of candidate
The highest-ranking Mesa County Republican Party official took no position Friday on the party’s continued support of embattled House District 54 candidate Jared Wright.
“People just need to calm down and let things work themselves out,” Mesa County Republican Chairwoman Ruth Ehlers told The Daily Sentinel when asked if the party still supports Wright. “I’m not commenting on this at all.”
Wright, who faces Libertarian Tim Menger in the November general election to replace outgoing state Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran, became embroiled in a fight with the Fruita Police Department, from which he resigned.
Wright’s internal-affairs file with the Police Department showed Wright departed under a cloud, with the department citing concerns about Wright’s tardiness.
The Mesa County District Attorney’s Office also had written a letter to defense attorneys informing them of Wright’s credibility issues.
Wright remains undeterred in his bid for the Legislature, said Erik Groves, a political adviser to the candidate.
“The allegations are not nearly as serious as people suggest,” and there is no reason to doubt Wright’s ability, Groves said.
Wright has issued no comment on his campaign since Monday. He didn’t respond to inquiries from the Sentinel on Tuesday after the Police Department made public his internal-affairs file.
Wright, who had asked that the file be opened, is scheduled to speak at the Aug. 17 Mesa County Republican Party luncheon.