Colorado Sheriff Says VP Pence is Stiffing County on 24k Tab

It can be very exciting for a town to play host to a high level politician like the Vice President. Of course, it can also be wildly expensive for a town to protect the politician in the appropriate fashion.

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Mike Pence recently visited the town of Aspen, Colorado to play host to donors at a $35,000 per couple event. The police in town who provided security, however, claim that the Vice President has stiffed them on the tab.

The Sheriff of Pitkin County, Joe DiSalvo, has not held back on his criticism on Pence and his party. “You raise $700,000 in an hour, you should be able to pitch in to support the community that made you feel welcome,” said the Sheriff.

DiSalvo continued, “We had a SWAT team from Garfield County here that I want to see get reimbursed. We had Carbondale officers here that I want to see get reimbursed. They don’t have this kind of money — I don’t have this kind of money.”

The County Commissioner, Greg Poschman, also took issue with the VP’s visit. “Mike Pence was just here … and cost us a lot of time and effort when everyone was stuck waiting for his way-oversized motorcade to go through,” said Poschman. “He could have driven through in a Jeep with a hat and sunglasses and nobody would’ve noticed.”

The Sheriff is not holding out hope that the GOP will swoop in and pay what they owe. He told reporters on Monday, “I’m concerned we’re gonna get stiffed.”

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