Wright raises $3,000 in two weeks; non-spender Menger collects none
Jared Wright, the Republican candidate for House District 54, has continued to outraise his only opponent, Libertarian Tim Menger, who continues to not raise anything in the race at all.
Wright, whose campaign has been plagued with numerous scandals, raised nearly $3,000 in the past two weeks, according to the most recent campaign finance reports filed Monday with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.
Menger, however, has vowed not to raise or spend any money on his campaign to win the seat, which includes the bulk of Mesa County outside of Grand Junction and the western half of Delta County.
Since entering the race in March, Wright has raised more than $18,000, but has already spent most of it.
The bulk of that money went to political consultants and advertising, primarily in bumper stickers and yard signs.
Menger, meanwhile, maintains a free Facebook page and has posted a free 14-minute video on YouTube, which can be seen at bit.ly/Rz0oPN.
While the Unaweep Canyon resident says he won’t raise money for the race, other Libertarians have tried to help, some of whom have walked precincts with Menger and dropped off general campaign material that touts all Libertarians.
Last week, Littleton Libertarian Frank Attwood created a campaign account with the state called Friends of Tim Menger. He hasn’t raised any money, either, but for different reasons.
“Libertarians aren’t noted for being rich, so it’s the pool I’m fishing in, not the bait,” Attwood said. “I would think that some of the businesses that got stiffed by Wright because of his bankruptcy would want to donate, even if it’s just for the emotional satisfaction.”
Soon after winning the GOP primary where he ran unopposed, Wright became an embattled candidate when he resigned from his job as a Fruita police officer, citing a need to focus on the race.
It turned out, though, that Wright was under an internal affairs investigation for being repeatedly late for work. Investigators said Wright was endangering other law enforcement officers who actually were on the job.
He was offered the chance to resign or be terminated.
A few weeks later, The Daily Sentinel reported that Wright filed for bankruptcy, owing about $74,000 to credit card companies, lenders and debt collectors for such things as cars, jewelry and a tanning salon membership.
Though he told GOP his bankruptcy was due to a bad Obama economy, his filing lists only consumer spending as the reason.
As a result, numerous party leaders called for his ouster, saying a different candidate could have been named to run for the seat, which currently is held by Rep. Laura Bradford, R-Collbran.