I May Have Said That, But It Wasn't Me
Seventh Judicial District Attorney Myrl Serra said Friday he has no probable cause to file criminal charges against a Montrose County Commissioner who is facing a recall effort. A petition to recall Commissioner Bill Patterson, a Democrat, from office was based on documents given to Serra by state Rep. Ray Rose, R-Montrose, charging Patterson with "serious financial improprieties and accounting irregularities." To avoid a conflict of interest, Serra gave the documents to an independent agency, which he did not name in the news release he issued Friday. "The result of the independent review is that based on the materials submitted, no probable cause exists for the filing of criminal charges in this matter against Commissioner Patterson," Serra wrote. Rose first announced the recall petition at a Republican fundraiser in late May, and he outlined his views on the recall effort during a news conference June 13. But when asked Friday afternoon about Serra's statement, Rose said he respected the decision and distanced himself from the recall effort. "I didn't support it," he said. "I had nothing to do with it." That seems to contradict statements Rose made in a two-page news release sent the day of his news conference in which he detailed Patterson's alleged misdeeds. It reads, in part: "These are very serious allegations of his lack of honesty, lack of integrity, lack of good judgment and illegal activities on the part of Mr. Patterson." Patterson said he was "pretty elated" by Serra's statement and surprised Rose claimed he was not involved. "It's kind of like: Wait a minute, read your own press release. You said I committed malfeasance," he said.Not only did Rose produce his own documents outlining the recall effort, he even held a press conference to promote it. But now he's saying that he never supported the recall...even though he held a freakin' press conference about it last month. "I had nothing to do with it" is a truly amazing statement to make when you have already done as much as Rose had done. Can you imagine Denver Broncos' quarterback Jay Cutler tossing a crucial interception and then later insisting to reporters that it wasn't him who threw the ball? That's basically what happened here. I don't think people are going to find Rose to be a very credible public official in the near future, but you've got to give him credit for attempting the most absurd backpedal of the year.
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