Broomfield mayoral hopeful asks voters to ignore criminal past, promises to “do the right thing” if elected

Broomfield Councilman Kevin Kreeger  

Kevin Kreeger has spent most of the last month of his campaign for Broomfield mayor trying to explain away the times he has done the wrong thing.

That includes assaulting a policeman, patronizing a prostitute and cheating on his wife with a random hitchhiker who later accused him of sexual assault.

In his final campaign push, Kreeger is promising voters he will “do the right thing” if they overlook his criminal past and elect him mayor on Tues. Nov 5.

Kreeger’s campaign slogan, “He’ll do the right thing for Broomfield,” is featured prominently in direct mail sent to voters this week by his campaign committee.

The mail tries to change the subject from what Kreeger calls his “darkest moments.”

Addressing those has proved challenging.

Kreeger says the police assault and prostitute were youthful indiscretions. As for his hitchhiker-accuser, with whom he had extramarital sex at age 35. She was “crazy,” according to a Denver Post report.

The Post report said supporters present for his explanation of the hitchhiker incident were “visibly disgusted” by it.

“I can’t imagine where I’d pick someone up on the side of the road and end up in a sexual situation with them, especially given the power dynamics in that situation,” one said, according to the Post. “Maybe he was telling the truth, but I didn’t believe him.”

“Public shaming”

Until its revelation last month, Kreeger had planned on keeping his criminal background a secret from voters.

The same went for the details of that 2006 incident in rural Clear Creek County in which Kreeger picked up, then had sex with, a random person standing on the side of the road near Georgetown.

She later would accuse Kreeger of sexual assault; the case file has been sealed, allegedly.

Kreeger has argued a politician’s criminality, or brushes with the law, should not necessarily be disqualifying.

“I don’t believe the only people who should be allowed in government are people who have never made mistakes,” Kreeger said in a written statement.

The Broomfield City Council member, elected in 2015, has described the media reports as a “public shaming,” expressing regret that his past has been publicized.

“Having my most embarrassing moments publicized has been more than painful," he wrote. “Prior to this public shaming, my wife, my parents, and one sibling knew. Now it will be everyone.”

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