President Barack Obama has nominated Stephanie Villafuerte to be Colorado’s next U.S. Attorney.
Villafuerte, currently deputy chief of staff to Gov. Bill Ritter, previously served as Denver’s chief deputy district attorney.
She worked on Ritter’s campaign and has focused on community outreach as his deputy chief of staff. [emphasis added]
Remember Stephanie Villafuerte? Still scratching your head? While with Ritter’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign, she worked with the Denver DA’s office as they accessed the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database to go after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Cory Voorhis.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation went after Cory Voorhis for accessing the NCIC database for legitimate reasons (he later was found not guilty of any wrongdoing), but CBI did not investigate those in the DA’s office who apparently did the same thing for politically-motivated reasons.
Precisely what role did Stephanie Villafuerte play in the whole Cory Voorhis affair? And what were her motivations? If she is going to be the next U.S. Attorney for Colorado, citizens of our state deserve to know.
Meanwhile, her ties to Bill Ritter then and now further raise the level of political intrigue involved. There’s already some considerable disarray in a Bill Ritter gubernatorial administration that faces a steep climb to re-election and a very credible challenger in Josh Penry.