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."