Tomorrow, a court in Arapahoe County, CO will release "hundreds of sexually explicit e-mails" that county clerk Tracy Baker exchanged with his girlfriend. Colorado GOP officials are joining county commissioners in calling for Baker's resignation. Sez The Denver Channel:
The e-mails were uncovered during an investigation of the department prompted by complaints about Baker. A report found that 570 of the 622 e-mails were sexually explict or romantic.
Read through to the end of the story; I had thought Baker was just being screwed for making the E-quivalent of too many personal calls to his fuck buddy. But it turns out girlfriend Leesa Sale was actually Baker's assistant; Baker nearly tripled her salary over a three-year period, finagled her $20,000 in overtime for 2002 alone, and billed the county for swanky hotel accomodations when the two took business trips. (Dickensian plot twist: Cuts in the county's 2002 budget included elimination of a program for autistic children.) Baker, a true gallant, said in a statement: "I readily admit my affection for this woman and I publicly state my intentions of love to her once my current marriage is dissolved." Punch line: This scandal broke well before the November 5 vote, but Baker handily won re-election because his only opponent was a Libertarian.