Michael Hancock, mayor-elect of Denver, is trying to move his future administration forward -- DenverForward is the name of the transition group that's looking for volunteers and interviewing potential appointees. But first, he has this pesky Denver Players scandal to put behind him.
And so late Friday, he sent this e-mail to supporters:
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In light of recent news stories, I wanted to let you know directly - from me to you - that these accusations are baseless and completely untrue.
Throughout our campaign, we dealt with false, negative attack after attack. As the election grew closer, each smear against my character grew more and more desperate, deceptive and ugly.
On Thursday June 2, I was hit with the most vicious attack yet. A groundless rumor that had been proven false over 3 years ago was dredged up only days before the election to diminish my reputation.
Each day since, I have been working aggressively to disprove these false and hateful allegations -- allegations leveled by a convicted felon. I have instructed my team to be fully open, honest and transparent and to cooperate with all media outlets.
We have provided the press with my calendar. We have asked Denver Police to release any surveillance photos, videos or other evidence that may exist (and they have responded by saying there is no such evidence). Every piece of information and fact we obtain further disproves these outlandish allegations and sets the record straight.
We have requested my cell phone records and we will continue to pursue other documents and records to clear the air, affirm my honor and integrity, and protect my family against these hateful accusations.
At the same time, I must also focus on the urgent and important work of transitioning from candidate to mayor. I will be sworn in as Denver's 45th mayor on July 18. We have just 37 days to build an administration and prepare to hit the ground running on Day 1.
We're making good progress. Today we announced the co-chairs of the DenverForward transition, well-respected leaders of our community who will help review city department opportunities and challenges, recruit great leaders for the Cabinet, and help prepare to launch our first 100 days initiatives.
We'll have additional announcements about the Transition and inaugural events in the coming days and weeks as well.
I'm excited about Denver's future and the possibilities ahead.
Thank you for your support.
Thirty-four days to go.