Jason Clark’s campaign website literally screams, “STAY POSITIVE!, THINK POSITIVE!!, ACT POSITIVE!!!, BE POSITIVE!!! Unfortunately, there is nothing-positive going on behind the scenes of his campaign for Governor of Colorado. His running mate, Victoria Adams has resigned as his running mate after accusing him of sexism and defamation. Prior to her September 23, resignation, she sent an email to ‘Citizens of Colorado’ the night before, complaining that during a staff meeting, Clark told his staff, “I do not work well” nor “like to work with women.”
Adams, a former U.S. Marine, also claims he mistreats his staff and falsely told others she had a drunk driving offense and has to use a breathalyzer to start her car. “I have never had a DUI, a DWAI or any other incident involving alcohol with or without a motor vehicle involved,” Adams’ e-mail said.
Clark denies that he mistreats his staff, dislikes women and that Adams quit the race. He asserts he let her go because she could not handle the campaign stress. “No one can say I’m a racist or a bigot or don’t treat women well. If you have a cancer, you cut it out,” he responded.
Clark also denies he said anything slanderous about Adams and is consulting an attorney regarding a possible “defamation and libel” suit. He plans to move forward with his campaign and choose another running mate. Adams has publicly put her support behind American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo.
As fate would have it, Secretary of State Bernie Buescher ruled Thursday, that if Clark insists on staying in the race, Adams is staying on the ballot; at least until after the November 2, election. If Clark wins (not a chance) then he can chose another lieutenant governor.
Clark is president of Clark Brothers Investments and politically inexperienced. His decision to run for Governor came on suddenly because he wasn’t satisfied with what the other candidates had to offer. He used Craigslist to search for his lieutenant governor because he only had 15-days to find a running mate. The requirements were minimal; a registered Independent, at least 30-years old, and a resident of Colorado for two years, no political experience required.
Adams, a financial analyst for a wireless company, saw the classified ad as an opportunity to jump-start a political career without being a career politician. Who assumes that they can just walk into a top level government position with no political experience? This is a major political election, not America’s Next Top Model.
Clarke should drop out of the race for governor because his message is overshadowed by drama. His decision to run for office was impulsive, and he was/is not prepared to lead his own staff, let alone the good, hard-working people of Colorado and the campaign reflects that.
If he really has political aspirations, he should try again next election year when is better prepared and learns how to lead effectively. In the meantime, allow the race to go forward with Republican candidate Dan Maes, American Constitution Party member Tom Tancredo and front-runner Democrat John Hickenlooper.