Joel Crank, Jeff Crank's son
UPDATE: This blog post has been updated with a new photo, which is the photo that Jeff Crank sent to Douglas Bruce in a recent e-mail.
When Douglas Bruce said he was the victim of “a classic hit piece,” some people said it was a classic example of the pot calling the kettle black.
Take, for example, Bruce’s involvement in the race for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District in 2006.
Using his own money, Bruce sent out a mailer to district delegates and alternates blasting, among others, candidate Jeff Crank.
The mailer came back to bite Bruce in this election, but more on that later.
In the mailer, Bruce labeled Crank a has-been, calling him a “Former congressional staff aide. Former vice-president of the city Chamber of Commerce. Former registered lobbyist. Former talk show host. Currently unemployed ‘consultant.’”
Wait, it gets better.
“Jeff named his son Joel,” Bruce wrote in the mailer. “Congressman JOEL Hefley reciprocated, naming Jeff as his heir.”
For Crank, the allegation about his son, who is now 13 years old, was “despicable and indefensible,” according to an e-mail obtained today by The Gazette.
By now, everybody knows that Bruce recruited four candidates to run as a slate in the April election.
But before Ed Bircham, Richard Bruce, Helen Collins and Gretchen Kasameyer signed on to the so-called Reform Team, Douglas Bruce turned to Crank for help in finding candidates who would run with him, according to the e-mail.
Crank flatly rejected the request and reminded Bruce about the 2006 mailer attacking Crank.
“I want to refer you to the attached document – a mail piece that you sent out in 2006 attacking me for not being a fiscal conservative,” Crank wrote in the e-mail to Bruce.
“Despite the obvious lies about me personally- too many lies and falsehoods to mention- there is one particular claim that is, frankly, despicable and indefensible. Your indecent attack on my son and his name,” Crank wrote.
“Doug, my son, Joel, was 8 years old at the time. How insensitive and unfortunate that you would think it is alright to bring my 8-year-old son into a political campaign,” Crank wrote.
“I’ve attached a picture of him during that campaign so that, perhaps, you can look into his eyes and understand how wrong it was for you to do that. I had the pleasure of meeting your mother once and, although you don’t have a son, a political attack on your mom would have been just as disgraceful and would have drawn an immediate rebuke from me. If there is any decency at all in you, perhaps you will understand.
“If there isn’t that decency, then I will continue to have no desire to work with you on any project in the future.”