Protect Owen Hill’s Family From “Stalkers”–With Your Donation

“Stalker” as depicted in Owen Hill fundraising email.

A fundraising email sent to supporters of GOP U.S. Senate primary candidate and freshman Colorado Sen. Owen Hill is raising eyebrows today:

Stalking and harassment have begun.

As a loyal ally, you deserve to be in-the-know about the sleazy tactics my opponents are using in their desperate attempts to slow our momentum.

My neighbor caught this operative on camera as he was prowling around our home after I went to work and Emily and the kids were alone inside.

The corrupt political elitists know their reign is about to end, and they're growing desperate. But I refuse to shrug off anyone threatening the safety of my family. 

We shouldn't be surprised by these tactics, but it makes them no less frightening. Still, I mark is as a partial victory that they're taking notice of my success in bringing genuine conservative reform back to government. Please, donate $5 right now to help us build on our momentum…

Will you stand with me again today? Please, donate $5 today, right now, so we are able to rebuff the attacks and defeat Udall.

Now first of all, obviously, we don't condone anyone "stalking" U.S. Senate candidates. If there's any truth to this allegation, we hope whoever did this is caught and prosecuted for whatever law they might have broken.

With that said, this seems awfully fishy. This photo (above) doesn't show anything except a man standing on a sidewalk–what looks like public property to us. And although incumbent Sen. Mark Udall is the only "opponent" Hill mentions by name, how do we know this isn't an "operative" of one of his Republican primary opponents?

It's more likely, of course, that this was just a guy selling frozen steaks or magazines. As a relatively minor candidate in a large primary field, we just don't believe that Hill is worth "stalking"–at least not by Democrats. We'll be happy to retract that assertion if we see evidence that Hill immediately reported this alleged instance of "stalking and harassment" to the proper authorities. Because when somebody is actually stalking your wife and children while you're away at work, the first thing you think of is probably not "this would make a great fundraising email."

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  1. bullshit!bullshit! says:

    I wonder if anybody told Sparky that harassment and stalking are both distinct crimes under Colorado law?

    http://www.lawinfoboulder.com/colorado_statutes/harassment.html

    He should be careful slinging allegations like that. Words mean things.

  2. Looks completely like a stalker to me. Caught in a surveillance video facing away from the camera, probably texting. I don't suppose, in the real world, the video had a single frame that might be more identifying. Or that the neighbor might have possessed a camera or smartphone with better resolution than a crappy surveillance camera.

    And the Guvs have it exactly right on the analysis, too: the first thing I'd do is send out a fundraising campaign. The police will figure it out when they get the request for donations.

  3. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    This appears to be a new tactic in the "Innocent Conservatives as victims of Dastardly Liberal Thugs" meme. The recallhudaktoo website was full of these.

    There was one where a short person ( I don't know the PC term) was "standing with Evie", and someone was standing next to him with a gigantic flag larger than the protester. When the protester got tired of being whipped in the face with the flag, he seized it, and tried to rip it away from the flag holder.  Of course, it was videotaped, and the caption read: "radical leftist Evie Hudak supporter ripping a volunteer's flag from his hands."

    Then there's the infamous one of someone standing next to a car near a petition signing location. Standing! next to a car! Talking! with someone in the car! Can you believe it? This was spun as: "Gun-grabbing liberal protestors literally blocked the driver of this car from getting out to sign the Recall Evie Hudak petition earlier today. "

    Every time a Hudak supporter took a picture or video, it was "stalking", or harassment", although, of course, the reverse was not true.

    If one's entire political stance is "I am a victim. To prove that they pick on me,  I'm going to provoke them until they do," then of course one has to take pictures of innocent people having normal reactions and spin them in the worst possible light.

    And then of course, the media sharks need blood, and so the over-the-top rhetoric gets dragged in, and before you know it, both the short person, the person standing next to a car, and the guy stopping to check his cell phone are all brown-shirted Nazi thugs.

    Now, I heard that there was "minor misbehavior" on both sides of the Hudak recall. But the Arvada police certainly stopped believing them after being called out on bogus crises too many times. Owen Hill should remember the old fable about the boy who cried "Wolf!"

    • Craig says:

      Kind of reminds me of that legislative candidate from Jeffco who claimed he had received two ballots and tried to make it sound nefarious when in reality he was supposed to receive two ballots.  Hope that guy got fired.

  4. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    If you are going to stalk, then you need data:

    Owen J Hill 30-34 years old WhitePages Member
    Address
        212 E Madison St Colorado Springs, CO 80907-6821 

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/212-E-Madison-St-Colorado-Springs-CO-80907/13604886_zpid/

    The Hill family from his website

  5. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    If you go to Google Street View, you will notice that there is NO lamp post near his house.
    There is one at the corner across the street from THE HOSPITAL.

  6. doremi says:

    Owen Hill should read  5280 magazine about what all the Democratic female legislators had to put up with this session (from his Rocky Mt. Gun-Owners and friends crowd) before he gives the teensiest whine.

    http://www.5280.com/magazine/2013/11/colorado-woman?page=0,14

    Receiving vile threats like those mentioned in the article should NOT be a required part of the job of a state legislator.  

  7. Congratulations, Guvs – you're the only site carrying this story. You'd think if a candidate for U.S. Senate was serious about putting the pressure on, he'd have contacted a news organization before his donor list…

    Anyone with serious image-searching skills know if there's a "search for images like this one" search out there?

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      You would think he would be peddling it to the papers for the free publicity.  Isn't this the guy who said Udall viewed him as the only serious Republican threat.  A wannabe important person trying to victim his way to more donations.

      Where's Elliot to defend his beloved politician?  Elliot!  Come out come out where ever you are.

  8. Republican 36 says:

    The press needs to ask Mr. Hill the following questions:

    1. What is the name of your neighbor who took the photograph? (If he won't answer that question, then the editorial board need to get involved.)

    2. What specific evidence do you have that this man is stalking your family? And by evidence, we need more than a photo of the backside of a man walking down a street. We specific, verifiable evidence, that this is happening. Lay the evidence on the table.

    3. What specific evidence do you have that any of your opponents are having your family stalked? Again, we need a lot more than a photograph. We need specific, verifiable evidence, that one of your opponents has authorized the alleged stalking.

    4. When did you report this allegation to law enforcement? If not, why not?

    5. Contact the neighbor who took the photograph and ask him/her the following questions:

          – On what date did you take the photograph?

          – What is the address of the street corner where this photo was taken?

          – What suspicious conduct, besides walking down the street, did this individual exhibit? What made the person's conduct suspicious in your eyes?

          – What evidence do you have that this individual was stalking Mr. Hill's family?

          – What evidence do you have the man in the photograph was allegingly stalking Mr.Hill's family on behalf of one of his political opponents?

          – Did you report this incident tot he Coloraod springs Police Department or any other law enforcement agency? If so, when did you do that?

    If the neighbor orMr. Hill reported it to law enforcement, follow-up with that agency?

    Mr. Hill, just because you assert something has happened doesn't mean it is true. We need evidence, specific verifiable facts that support your assertion.

    We're waiting for your response.

  9. Sunmusing says:

    Truth is not a strong point with the GOP in Colorado…same with the national GOP…Paranoia, fear, hate is all the GOP has to offer….and the Low info people vote for it…

    • roccoprahn says:

      Absolutely.

      Another thing that caught my attention was hill's "wording" in the fundraiser.

      "Operative", "corrupt political elitists", and "genuine conservative reform back to Government".

      The overall "theme" and message of "ominous threats" hill used reminds me of the cynical messaging the republicans ran for the remainder of the past decade after 9/11. 

      caplis used a lot of this verbage up untill his dismissal from KHOW. His was the constant comparison of Democratic ideas to the Al Qaeda and Taliban ideologies. For his listeners it was mother's milk. hill's demographic is that demographic.

      caplis regularly regaled listeners with stories that couldn't be proven or disproven about his battles with "liberal thugs", "dem elites", and "un-American unionists". Allways he was the initial victim, but he'd emerge victorious, upholding conservative principles, by the end of the story.

      I wonder what old dan's doing in his off time these days. He never appealed as a redleg candidate, but he was the state republican party's conduit through his show. I'll say one thing, the whole thing smells like caplis. It's definately his M.O. It's how he rolls.

       

  10. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    What is the address of the street corner where this photo was taken?

    Corner of Madison and North Nevada. The man is facing west towards Penrose Hospital and away from Owen's house. Which is two houses away.

  11. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Don't minimize this outrage, you left-wing apologists.

    Without doubt, somebody somewhere took a picture of a guy on a public sidewalk.

    The horror, the horror!

    Send your money right now to your local right-wing fruitcake or soon guys will be walking on public sidewalks in your neighborhood too!

  12. Miss Jane says:

    Owen is not very bright if he doesn't want people checking out his house.  He is in a walkable neighborhood, and it looks like he is on an alley.  There are a lot of people walking in that neighborhood all the time.  There is a bus stop two blocks straight ahead of that guy, and a small neighborhood shopping center with a Safeway just a few minutes in the opposite direction. If he doesn't have one, perhaps he might consider getting a dog. 

    This was an incredibly dumb thing to do.  I just took a tour of his house on the link so thoughtfully provided by davebarnes.  Creepy. This whole thing is creepy, including the thought that he graduated from the Air Force Academy.  I guess that explains a lot.

    • Miss Jane says:

      Oops, he's not on an alley.  That's a plus.

      Seriously, what was he thinking?  It's a good thing we are nice people here, for the most part.  Elliot should think about having a talk with him.

      • Curmudgeon says:

        Stand by for the Fladenesque defense, which will probably be; "What if the neighbor was being smart, and didn't feel safe taking a picture of the stalker until he was away from Owen's defenseless wife and kids?" 

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