The beginning of the end of the world is supposed to be tomorrow.
But conservative radio host Jeff Crank and Indy Publisher John Weiss are still going at it over “heated” comments that Weiss made on the radio Tuesday night.
Weiss, who worked on mayoral candidate Richard Skorman’s campaign, questioned whether a barrage of television and radio ads funded by Americans for Prosperity were funded by the Ku Klux Klan since Crank, who is the group’s state director, hasn’t revealed exactly where the money came from.
Crank demanded an apology from Weiss, who basically told Crank to go pound sand.
Just before 10 a.m., Crank sent an email to Weiss — and the City Desk blog — stating that Weiss “doesn’t have the decency to understand that this comments” were offensive to the members of AFP.
“John Weiss should have the decency to apologize to the members of Americans for Prosperity for his implication that they might be connected to the Ku Klux Klan,” Crank wrote in the email.
“If he can’t apologize to them, it shows a lack of character on his part and demonstrates the intolerance that he so often claims belongs to those with whom he disagrees,” he wrote.
Here’s the full text of Crank’s email to Weiss:
Unfortunately, John Weiss doesn’t have the decency to understand that his comments about Americans for Prosperity and the KKK were offensive to the 48,000 people who are Colorado members of Americans for Prosperity. He should apologize to them for the implication. John continues to repeat lies and untruths about the AFP ads. Throughout the last month I have repeatedly asked John Weiss and Richard Skorman to provide specific examples of how these ads were untrue. The silence has been deafening, and again, John makes no reference to how the ads which targeted Mr. Skorman’s record – not him personally -were untrue. He can’t because they were true.
John’s comparison between the Christian Coalition mail that was run against me and the AFP issue ads doesn’t hold water. One big difference between them: the truth. The Christian Coalition ads run against me were untrue – by saying that I had personally endorsed Richard Skorman – something I had not, and would not, do. The AFP ads are well sourced and accurate.
Finally, I have explained that these ads are legally defined as issue advocacy. I have repeatedly made the point that the ads were funded with general support to Americans from Prosperity by freedom loving members throughout Colorado. None of the funds used were from outside the state, yet John continues to make unfounded accusations. The city clerk, the city attorney and AFP legal counsel have all indicated that there is no need to file any reports with the city of Colorado Springs. In addition, the city has no form on which AFP could file for issue advocacy ads. Conversely, the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association, which ran direct advocacy radio ads asking citizens to vote for Richard Skorman has filed no reports with the city of Colorado Springs despite the requirement to do so. Any fair reporter – not interested in just smearing someone they disagree with – would report on the fact that the PPA has not filed the necessary reports. But then, John Weiss, publisher of the Colorado Springs Independent, doesn’t appear to be a fair, impartial reporter.
John Weiss should have the decency to apologize to the members of Americans for Prosperity for his implication that they might be connected to the Ku Klux Klan. If he can’t apologize to them, it shows a lack of character on his part and demonstrates the intolerance that he so often claims belongs to those with whom he disagrees.