Councilman Scott Hente was telling the truth.
On Wednesday, Douglas Bruce accused Hente of violating the law by sending a political email to city employees are work.
The email, which Hente sent from his private email address, encouraged voters not to vote for Bruce or any other member of the self-proclaimed Reform Team.
“There are some excellent choices for Mayor and for the open positions on Council. Unfortunately, there is a group of Council candidates – a self-proclaimed slate — that if elected, will devastate the City,” Hente wrote.
“This group consists of Douglas Bruce, Ed Bircham, Richard Bruce, Helen Collins, and Gretchen Kasameyer. In the actual words of their organizer, their real intent is to Destroy Colorado Springs.”
Bruce didn’t have any proof that Hente violated the law but challenged the news media to look into the allegations, which Hente denied.
Despite some criticism — one elected official called me “a patsy for Doug Bruce” — The Gazette took up the challenge.
The Gazette asked the public communications departments of the city government, Memorial Health System and Colorado Springs Utilities to search their computer databases for emails that were sent to city employees from Hente’s private email account on March 16.
The review revealed that Hente didn’t send the March 16 email to city employees at work.
“Here’s the exact quote from the IS colleague who coordinated the search: ‘According to our email filter server (Iron Port), we did not receive anything from that address on that date,’” Memorial spokeswoman Cari Davis said.
Davis, Leavitt and Berry all provided reports to prove that there had been a search.