From the Blogosphere to Politics

Jason Bane helped start ColoradoPols.com, but now he's stepped away from the web and into public life.

In response, Bane confirms that he is, in fact, on the SEIU payroll, performing "communications and PR work in the southwest region" — and he stresses that he's never tried to hide it. "I pass out my SEIU business card all the time," he says. "It's not a big secret." Even so, he hasn't gone out of his way to ballyhoo the connection, which may not pay loads of dividends in historically conservative Jefferson County. The SEIU doesn't rate a reference on his campaign website, JasonBane.org, or a Facebook page accessible to the public. (A second Facebook listing does mention the union, but only visitors Bane designates as a friend can see it.) He concedes that some of his SEIU co-workers have made donations to his campaign, but not because he's the official union choice for commissioner. "I did this on my own," he says. "No matter where I was working, I would have done this."

As for the videotaping rumor, it's definitely going around: Republican state rep James Kerr from Littleton says colleagues have told him they've seen Bane at hearings, camera in tow. But Bane says he only taped a single hearing, and he did so to capture testimony by state employees for a Colorado WINS video, not Republican gaffes.

To Bane, the muck being flung his way represents a distraction from much more important matters. "I was born and raised in the county, and I've watched over the past several years the ridiculous scandals that have come out of there: the indictments, the accusations, the lawsuit," he says. In the end, "I got fed up. I want to see the government run in a manner that addresses the issues that people in the county are concerned about, like what kind of future growth we want."

Jason Bane finds the blogosphere full of surprises.
Mark Manger
Jason Bane finds the blogosphere full of surprises.

Of course, the odds that the campaign will stick to such subjects exclusively are mighty slim, especially considering the direction in which the preliminary stages of the race have gone — and Bane concedes that his anonymous blogging past may offer opponents ammo to use against him. "One of the things I fully expect to happen is that someone will take something out of context from ColoradoPols and put it in a negative mail piece," he allows. "Whether I wrote it or not, they'll say it was me" — and he'll have difficulty refuting such a claim, since "literally thousands of posts" have gone up on the site over the years, and at this point, "I don't remember what I wrote or didn't write."

Clearly, anonymity cuts both ways.

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