At first, Republican research focused on the DA's plea bargains in drunk-driving cases -- but when those didn't take hold with the press (or with the parents of victims who were unaware they'd become political pawns, as detailed in "Cold, Very Cold," a recent column), the campaign changed course.
The cold-case files now concentrate on plea deals for aliens, both legal and illegal. And immigration is a topic that definitely plays better with the public than a wronged party who's done wrong herself. September Dixon (pictured) was always a dubious choice to be the star of the Trailhead-funded TV commercial bashing Ritter for making a deal with the driver who'd killed her four-year-old in a hit-and-run back in 2000. The case would have had problems at trial, and Dixon herself had signed off on the plea before changing her mind.
Car problems seem to be a trend for Dixon. After KHOW raised funds for her two remaining kids, she used half of the money to buy a car for her then-boyfriend. And now she's facing charges for trying to run down an her ex-boyfriend in Adams County.
Steer clear of this one. -- Patricia Calhoun