I’ve lived in Longmont for well over ten years now and I’m still surprised sometimes at how virulently hateful people can be.
My wife Marilyn Bonita Wray moved to Colorado after we were married and really enjoyed living in Longmont. When she was diagnosed with cancer there was a huge outpouring of love and support from all our friends. Unfortunately there was also an outpouring of a less-palatable kind: politically-motivated hate.
Just a few days after she died an anonymous account appeared in the comments on the local newspaper website (the Times-Call) “NotSoBonita”. I was sickened that some twisted blackheart felt the need to insult my wife’s memory so soon after her death. I contacted the paper and got no help. Personally I think the owners aided and abetted it.
But the surprises didn’t stop there.
The wife of once-mayor Bryan Baum, Stephanie (Seale) Baum, despite being blacklisted on my email account and blocked on Facebook figured out that she could leave anonymous comments on my videos. She tried to (I believe) bribe me into not writing about LongmontReport.com – a hate/smear site which she point-blank admitted knowing the operator.
The site’s domain name has expired but all the content is still on the web here. I’ve contacted TypePad more than once trying to identify the operator but they’re not helpful. I did discover that the domain name that was attached to the site LongmontReport.com was registered by Scott Shires – a political operative associated with Western Tradition Partners, essentially a far-far-right anti-environmental money laundering source for the GOP.
Hm. No wonder Ms. Baum was so eager to ‘make a substantial contribution’ to a charity of my choice in Marilyn’s name. A connection between her and Scott Shires could raise the subject of illegal coordination in a campaign – serious stuff. I demurred and declined her offer. She kept offering.
There was obvious desperation in the tone of her messages via the clandestine Facebook-video-comments – I think she was getting pressure from someone in the GOP. I was willing to stop writing about LongmontReport if she’d tell me who was behind it – and she simply refused to say.
There’s a coverup there that I believe will send someone to prison and I still intend to find out who it is.
More recently she’s taken to the web and currently has a smear site up and running using a picture stolen from my Facebook page:
I made this image* to poke fun at Ms. Baum for her abortive attempt to have me arrested for remarks my stepson** made on Facebook – no charges were filed.
I hope Ms. Baum gets help soon. I think she’s in a great deal of distress and the attack site underlines that very clearly in my opinion.
Update: the smear site is still up and Ms. Baum is trying to make the (faintingly weak) case that she’s being ‘stalked’. LOL. I’ve rarely seen a woman in more desperate need of an enema. Get help soon kid.
Update: more and more I’m convinced that LongmontResponds is Stephanie Baum. No proof yet but I’m collating data.
* taken the day of a fundraising event for children with cancer***.
** a two-tour Iraq war veteran who’s won the Purple Heart. His remark? “I know lots of people with guns.” Boulder County DA Stan Garnett declared it ‘not a credible threat’ – ie Ms. Baum is full of crap.
*** what a full circle we’ve come – her husband Bryan is now battling recurring cancer. Good luck Bryan. Oh, and Longmont’s Worst Hate Blogger, Chris Rodriguez has finally left town.