Denver TV station KMGH-Denver7 decided Wednesday to pull a pro-Republican independent expenditure committee’s TV ad attacking gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis over a 1999 incident involving a confrontation with a female employee.
The move came after the Colorado Democrat’s attorneys demanded the ABC affiliate, owned by The E.W. Scripps Co., take it off the air because it is “false, defamatory and malicious,” Colorado Politics has learned.
Numerous media outlets in recent days have debunked the claims made in the ad, paid for by Colorado Citizens for Truth, a secretive campaign group formed last week.
The ad, which started airing Saturday, alleges that Polis, a five-term congressman from Boulder, changed his name following the 1999 altercation with a former employee who later obtained a temporary restraining order against him.
“This shameful false ad by Walker Stapleton’s special-interest backers is as low as politics gets,” said Lisa Kaufmann, who chairs Polis’ campaign. “Each of the four biggest news stations in Denver and other prominent news outlets across the state have debunked the claims in this ad, and we are glad to see The Denver Channel protecting its integrity by refusing to spread these falsehoods.”