Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Gerald Styron, Denver mayoral candidate, once threatened to bring a gun to Westword

A fourteenth hopeful has entered the Denver mayor's race, and we're disappointed we had to read about Gerald Styron's candidacy somewhere else first. As Facethestate.comreports, when Styron was a write-in candidate for then-incumbent Rick Garcia's District 1 City Council slot in 2007, he asked a Westword editor if he had to bring a gun to the office to get press.

Clearly, no: Showing up at our office on a scooter, his straggly beard blowing in the breeze, Styron had no problem catching our eye, or our ear when he dropped off a CD of campaign songs to go with his crackpot flier. But he was also carrying a serious grudge that he hadn't been included in Kenny Be's campaign cartoon that week. "Don't take this the wrong way," he said, "but what do I have to do to get your attention? Bring a gun?"

This round, Gerald, all you have to do is contact Michael Roberts, who is interviewing all the mayoral candidates.

In the meantime, I'm looking forward to the next mayoral debate. But leave the gun at home.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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