County Commissioner Joelle Riddle's bribery accusation (Herald, March 25) against Nancy Greif is absurd, but it got her
what she wanted - free front-page publicity.
Marilyn McCord was one of the 20 signers of the letter (Herald, Feb. 28) calling for Riddle's resignation, and we had
seen a copy of the e-mail sent by Nancy Greif. Like Greif, we worked for Riddle's campaign but have been disappointed
in many of her decisions.
Colorado law sets forth the necessary elements of bribery (Herald, March 25). A person commits bribery if he or she
offers, confers, or agrees to confer any pecuniary benefit upon a public servant with the intent to influence the
public servant's vote, opinion, judgment, exercise of discretion, or other action in his official capacity."
If there was an offer in Greif's message, it was conditional: If it's the money." If it's not the money, there is no
offer. Greif plainly stated her intent; she wanted fresh eyes on the Board." There is no intent to influence an action
by Riddle in her official capacity. Greif thought the county would be better off if Riddle resigned, giving up any
official capacity. Riddle's attorney, Bill Zimsky, tried to stretch influencing Riddle to include influencing a future
board of commissioners, which would not include Riddle.
The actions of board members other than Riddle are not within Riddle's official capacity and would not satisfy that
element of the statute. It's no wonder the Colorado Bureau of Investigations declined to be involved.
Zimsky's comments reported in the Herald regarding Greif, calling her venomous, black-hearted, a woman full of hate"
seem maliciously intended to damage her reputation and intimidate her so she will not speak her mind. Greif has every
right to express her opinion. Citizen activists, not afraid to speak up, are the foundation of a healthy democracy. And
political speech is the highest form of speech protected by the First Amendment.
By the way, no one contacted Marilyn for a donation for Riddle's resignation, but Dorthy McGill would love to
contribute to a nice going-away gift for her.
Marilyn McCord and Dorthy McGill, Vallecito