I am running for office because the crisis we face as a State and a nation is very personal to me. I’ve spent the past 7 years serving with Army Special Forces, Special Operations Command, between Afghanistan and Iraq. I come from a legacy of military service and I felt the need and desire to continue the military tradition throughout my family. But it wasn’t until my brother Sean, one of my 6 younger brothers, was ambushed in an IED attack and nearly died that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the struggles we face in our great state of Colorado became real and personal.
During my active duty, in Afghanistan and Iraq, I saw firsthand the atrocities of the Taliban and political extremism, the lack of education for local youth, the poor quality of healthcare, and the poor treatment of women. Through my work and the work of countless other brave men and women, we were able to assist in eliminating the influence of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, bring technology and infrastructure to remote regions greatly enhancing local schools and medical clinics, and worked to make certain that local people, especially women, could exercise their right to vote.
In Iraq and Afghanistan I was spending time succesfully meeting the needs of communities. After 6 years away from Colorado, I was saddened to return home to see so many needs not being met in our community. That is why I am running for the Colorado State House of Representatives – to bring my proven leadership, energy, and expertise to successfully tackle the 21st century problems that we face in District 28, the Metro Area and the State of Colorado; because 21st century problems deserve 21st century solutions.
The departure of Carroll’s campaign chairman and treasurer come on the heels of his paid finance director being ousted after only one month and his main finance committee fundraiser bailing on Carroll after endless promises, whining and failure to deliver the big bucks. In addition, many early supporters of Carroll are either gone from the scene or have been quietly looking elsewhere to avoid being tainted by the legal and political calamities yet to come. The stampede to get away from Carroll suggests that there’s certainly trouble in paradise and a heckuva lot of disarray at Carroll’s campaign headquarters. [Stay tuned for yet to be announced legal action against Carroll by the City Prosecutor and State Attorney General. It is expected that such developments will wait until the State Campaign Spending Commission has completed its investigation and taken action.]
Indeed, the writing seems to be on the wall for perennial candidate Carroll and his incredible shrinking campaign, as both major local newspapers and local television news shows don’t even bother to mention Carroll as a candidate for governor. At this point, most onlookers project that Carroll (if he even stays in the race) will do even more poorly against Aiona in the Republican Primary Election than he did against Lingle in the 2002 Primary. Many observers note that Carroll’s fear of asking for money and his aversion to the marketing of his candidacy combined with an apparent propensity for unethical and crooked dealings has doomed him to yet another failed attempt at public office in a decades long series of failures.
Oddly enough, Carroll’s revised organizational report still lists a post office box in Ewa Beach — long maintained by the now-former treasurer Pam Smith — as the campaign’s official address. Could Smith, whose business “Painted Rainbows” reportedly specializes in keeping political candidates OUT of trouble, still be working for the most ‘in trouble’ candidate in Hawaii politics?!? Could Pam Smith, who was previously fired from the Aiona for Governor campaign, be secretly staying on as “compliance officer” for the Carroll campaign? Hearings and other legal proceedings could soon expose the status of the ongoing relationship between book-cooker Smith and book-cooker Carroll. In addition to the shady Ewa Beach post office box which has been used to launder out-of-state contributions falsely attributed to a shady Kauai post office box, there is some question as to whether the Carroll campaign is operating illegally with multiple checking accounts and unreported credit cards. It wouldn’t be surprising, as the campaign and its officers have already been charged with concealing large amounts of debt to vendors, large in-kind contributions from consultants, and the candidate’s own investment of tens of thousands of dollars into the campaign. Missing from the public record are tens of thousands of dollars in hidden campaign transactions, hidden campaign loans, hidden campaign contributions, unpaid campaign expenditures, and more.
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