Stan Garnett-John Suthers race (and others) get brutal thanks to serial killers and smears

"Who would you rather have protecting you? The man who unleashed a serial killer on Colorado, or Stan Garnett -- the man who put the killer away?"

That tag line from a new attack ad in the Colorado Attorney General's race puts aside any doubt that we're entering the campaign's critical smear-and-be-smeared phase. It's time to get all Willie Horton on your opponent. Last one into the mudwallow is a stone cold loser.

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Alan Prendergast has been writing for Westword for over thirty years. He teaches journalism at Colorado College; his stories about the justice system, historic crimes, high-security prisons and death by misadventure have won numerous awards and appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies.
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