Cold. Very Cold.

Attack ads heat up the governor's race.

Instead, September started taking money out of the account, buying a car and a TV for her boyfriend. Finally, just $3,000 was set aside for each of her two surviving children. "They might not even live to go to college," she told Westword.

In part because of the Dixon debacle, Boyles no longer does on-air fundraisers.

On Tuesday, ProgressNowAction sent a petition with more than a thousand signatures to managers at Denver's television stations, demanding that the ad be pulled because it contains a false statement (the eight-month line). And while technically that line is false, Philp suggests that Ritter supporters won't want to push it: Because of the suspended sentence, Towns actually served no time for Alexis's death, just for the other charges. "If you follow that logic, they should take out any reference to the sentence," counters Evan Dreyer, Ritter's spokesman. "The DA's analysis was that deal was going to be more time off the streets and not behind the wheel of a car. Certainly more than they might get if it went to trial."

But this particular ad has run its course, anyway. "We looked through a lot of different cases, and this isn't the only one we've been working on," Philp says. He won't comment on the next case to get the Coloradans for Justice treatment, but the group would be well advised to steer clear of the DeVries family, who have nothing but kind words for the DA's treatment of victims -- and nothing but scorn for anyone who would use their grief.

And if you insist on using a dead girl as a political tool, at least spell her name right.

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