The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has asked the FBI to join a probe of an attack ad by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, reports the Denver Post. The Colorado agency said information about the ad’s subject was accessed using a restricted federal database. The Beauprez campaign has denied any wrongdoing. The accuracy of the ad challenging the record of former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter has been difficult for anyone to verify. Beauprez has refused to reveal his campaign’s source for the information.
With absentee ballots already being delivered and early voting starting Monday, voters are left with uneasy questions as they choose their next governor. Did a person plea-bargained by Democrat Ritter go on to commit a sex crime against a child in California, as the ad claims? Did Beauprez or someone connected to his campaign commit a crime in accessing the NCIC database to get dirt on his political opponent? The ad says Ritter plea-bargained a case against illegal immigrant and alleged heroin dealer Carlos Estrada Medina, who was given probation and later arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse on a child.