Voter asks Wright to do the ‘right thing’: quit
A Mesa County Republican voter has asked Jared Wright to drop out of the race, and now he’s asking other voters to send that same message to the House District 54 candidate.
Grand Junction businessman Alex Chaffetz, the brother of Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz, recorded and paid $400 of his own money for automated telephone calls Monday to 6,000 voters in the county to ask the embattled Wright to step aside.
Chaffetz said he did what he knows GOP party officials can’t do.
“I think that the silent majority has a feeling, having read the Sentinel articles, that it’s time for Jared Wright to do the right thing and step down,” he said. “The challenge that the Republican Party has as far as I can understand it, their hands are somewhat tied. As a conservative Republican in House District 54, it was time for somebody to voice their opinion and encourage other Republicans to do the same thing.”
Last week, leaders with the Mesa, Delta and HD54 parties said they were duty bound to acknowledge that Wright is the duly elected candidate. Still, they called on him to answer questions about his character.
That character has come into question in recent weeks after a Fruita Police Department internal affairs investigation revealed a pattern of dishonesty that led to his leaving his job as a police officer. A few weeks later, while Wright was touting the need for fiscal conservatism in the Colorado Legislature, The Daily Sentinel reported details of his 2011 bankruptcy.
Chaffetz said that had the voters known about those issues, Wright likely wouldn’t be the party’s candidate to replace Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran. Bradford decided not to seek a third term after troubles of her own earlier this year.
“I sat down with Jared Wright and I said everything I said in that phone call directly to him and encouraged him to step down,” Chaffetz said. “To date, I haven’t seen him take that step.”
Chaffetz said that conversation took place last Tuesday. On Thursday, Wright posted a message to his 23 Twitter followers, which consisted only of a video of Johnny Cash singing “I Won’t Back Down.”
In his recorded message, Chaffetz said Wright owes it to the voters of the House district to step aside.
“His unethical behavior as a policeman and his unwillingness to take responsibility for his own actions speak volumes about his inability to represent us in Denver,” Chaffetz said in the call. “There’s still time for our Republican Party to select a candidate we can proudly support as our representative.”
Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner said ballots for the Nov. 6 election must be sent to the printers no later than Sept. 14.
After that, Wright’s name will appear alongside the only other candidate in the race, Libertarian Tim Menger.
Wright did not return repeated attempts for comment.
Though Wright’s petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy cited more than $74,000 in consumer spending as the reason why he wanted protection from his 48 creditors, he told local television stations immediately after the story broke that he was engaged in the business of buying and selling automobiles.
The 29-year-old said it was that business, a $1,900 medical bill and the loss of his wife’s job that led to the bankruptcy.
His bankruptcy filing lists more than $40,000 in unpaid loans to purchase three cars, including a 1967 Chevy Camaro and a 2007 Toyota Prius. Both vehicles were repossessed.
County resident Alan Story said he has extended and Wright has accepted an invitation to address voters at his home tonight.
Wright, whose Facebook page has been disabled since the bankruptcy story was published Aug. 12, has not confirmed if he will attend that event.
TEXT OF AUTOMATED CALL
This is Alex Chaffetz asking you to call Jared Wright, our Republican candidate for House District 54. Please call Jared at 639-0149 and ask him to withdraw from the race immediately so the Republican Party has time to legally name a new candidate.
We should be focused on defeating Barack Obama, but instead Jared Wright continues to embarrass our party on the front page of The Daily Sentinel. His unethical behavior as a policeman and his unwillingness to take responsibility for his own actions speak volumes about his inability to represent us in Denver.
The Sentinel’s editorial asking Jared Wright to step down was spot on. And the facts regarding his personal bankruptcy prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jared Wright has no business managing an $18 billion Colorado state budget.
The fact is Jared Wright racked up tens of thousands of dollars in personal debt, then stiffed local businesses because he couldn’t pay his own bills. $40,000 for three cars including a Prius? $6,000 for jewelry? He even owed a thousand dollars for a tanning salon membership
I’m not a candidate, but I do live in House District 54. I’ve asked Jared Wright directly to step down and I’m asking you to call him right now to do the same. Call Jared at 639-0149. That’s 639-0149.
There’s still time for our Republican Party to select a candidate we can proudly support as our representative. There’s still time for Jared Wright to do the right thing and step down.
I’m Alex Chaffetz and I personally paid for this message because we need a proven, trustworthy representative at the state capital. That ain’t Jared Wright.