| Media |

Gail Schoettler has the final word on vagina-gate

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

The stir over KHOW talk-show host Peter Boyles's use of the names "Vagina DeGette" and "Vagina DeJet" in reference to Congresswoman Diana DeGette has pretty much run its course -- which is precisely what Clear Channel Denver exec Kris Olinger hoped when she ordered Boyles to drop the topic. But today's Denver Post lobs one last shot in his direction, this one courtesy of former Colorado lieutenant governor (and onetime gubernatorial candidate) Gail Schoettler. And at least "Boyles' Talk Show Antics Distract From Critical Debate," Schoettler's op-ed, includes an oddball anecdote along with the requisite scolding. She writes:

Years ago, when I was running for governor, a Denver talk show host invited my primary opponent to chat with him on his show. I was not invited to participate. Midway through the program, they decided it would be a kick to call me.

My husband answered the phone and told them I was in the shower. That resulted in a series of speculations and chortles from both of them about how I looked in the shower.

Frankly, I think it's a good thing when politicians shower. Just because some of them do things that stink doesn't mean they should.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.