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Romanoff campaign standing by doctored photo on Web

By: KRISTEN WYATT
April 16, 2010
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photo - This two-picture combo taken from U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff's website, on April 16, 2010, (http://www.andrewromanoff.com/content/home) shows how people were added to the picture below to create the photo that serves as the head of the website. Romanoff's campaign has acknowledged changing a photo on his website to add a black woman and two Latino faces to the front. Romanoff's campaign manager says the photo doctoring was done to improve the illustration, not to deceive viewers about minority support for Romanoff. Romanoff is seeking the democratic nomination to run for the U.S. Senate in Colorado.  Photo by The Associated Press
This two-picture combo taken from U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff's website, on April 16, 2010, (http://www.andrewromanoff.com/content/home) shows how people were added to the picture below to create the photo that serves as the head of the website. Romanoff's campaign has acknowledged changing a photo on his website to add a black woman and two Latino faces to the front. Romanoff's campaign manager says the photo doctoring was done to improve the illustration, not to deceive viewers about minority support for Romanoff. Romanoff is seeking the democratic nomination to run for the U.S. Senate in Colorado. Photo by The Associated Press 

DENVER — Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff's campaign has acknowledged changing a photo on his website to add a black woman and at least two Latino faces to the front. Romanoff's campaign manager says the photo doctoring was done to improve the illustration, not to deceive viewers about minority support for Romanoff, who is white.

Some Latinos who have previously backed Romanoff's Democratic opponent, Sen. Michael Bennet, have called for Romanoff to take the illustration down.

"We're just appalled," said Joseph A. Salazar of Thornton, who signed the letter.

Salazar is a Bennet backer but said he liked Romanoff, too. Salazar is a civil rights attorney and a founder of the Colorado Latino Forum who worked with Romanoff on an anti-racial profiling bill in 2006 when Romanoff was in the state House.

However, Salazar said he doesn't understand why Romanoff doesn't remove the photo and apologize after it was first reported by The Denver Post Wednesday.

"It makes a weak argument to say all politicians do this," Salazar said.

Romanoff's campaign manager, Bill Romjue, said in a statement Thursday that the photo wasn't doctored to insert people who weren't at the Denver rally.

"Every individual pictured was at the event," Romjue said.

At least one person in the picture said she didn't mind having her image altered. The original photo included minorities besides the ones inserted in the frame.

"It's quite all right with me," Andrea Mosby told The Post. "I was there. I talked to Andrew. I am definitely supporting him."

Mosby did not return calls from the Associated Press. Romanoff's campaign did not immediately respond to Salazar's letter.

 

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