Skip to comments.Allard Campaign Worker Arrested At Strickland Rally (Colorado Senate Race)
Posted on 10/27/2002 6:52:50 PM PST by navigator
A campaign worker for Republican Sen. Wayne Allard has been arrested in Boulder for allegedly trying to disrupt a rally in support of Democratic challenger Tom Strickland.
Matt Dempsey was arrested Saturday moments before the beginning of a Strickland rally featuring actor Robert Redford, Boulder police said. He was released Saturday night after posting a $500 bond.
Dempsey denied the charges in a statement released Sunday by the Allard campaign.
Boulder police Sgt. Robert Thomas, quoting a police report, said Dempsey and a group of Allard supporters told police they planned to walk through the rally area. Officers told them they could do so as long as they remained peaceful. He said the police report stated that it appeared the Allard supporters were endangering a group of young gymnasts doing a demonstration.
Officer Tony Guzman told Dempsey that he was going to give him a ticket and a summons. Dempsey reportedly tried to walk away and was arrested on charges of disrupting an assembly and resisting arrest, Thomas said.
The arrest occurred before Strickland and Redford appeared on the rally stage.
Allard campaign manager Dick Wadhams said Allard supporters at the rally were warned by police that if they said anything to Strickland they would be arrested. He said the campaign supported Dempsey. "These are preposterous charges," he said. "It is clear that in the city of Boulder free speech only applies when it is from the left wing."
Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner said, "This is a ridiculous allegation. We have protected the First Amendment rights of a lot of diverse groups in Boulder and we are quite good at it. That includes groups from both ends of the political spectrum."
Strickland campaign manager Brian Hardwick said Allard should fire Dempsey. "In the final days of the campaign they best thing they can do is attend a positive rally and try to disrupt it. The senator ought to try to get control of his campaign," he said.
Polls in recent weeks shows the Nov. 5 race is too close to call. One poll last week showed Allard with 41 percent and Strickland 38. A second poll said Strickland had 39 and Allard 38. Both were within the margin of error of 4.4. percentage points.
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