Ben Marter revealed: Politico posts tell-all on Betsy Markey press guy

Who is the real Ben Marter? As far as the public knows, Marter is merely U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey’s communications director. That simple description has only gained power, though, because it is true and because it has been repeated time and again in the press. There’s more to this guy Marter, at least that’s what is strongly implied in the exposé delivered Monday by Amie Parnes at Politico.

Sure, Parnes story may seem for all the world like gossipy drivel but think about it: A major national political site has devoted a story to the TV watching schedule and kitchen habits of the spokesperson for the member of Congress in the hottest swing district in the country. No way this is just an overly long story about chicken stir fry and cabbage!


Ben Marter spent most of last week working late and eating out. So, this weekend, the communications director for Rep. Betsy Markey was craving some home-cooking.

Who cooked? He did.

We asked Marter–who enjoys playing the role of the sometimes-chef–what showed up on his dietary dossier this weekend.

On Friday night, at home with his girlfriend, Marter cooked up a spicy chicken stir-fry with broccoli, cabbage, mushrooms, green beans, peanuts and onions, and seasoned with with ginger and lemongrass.

“I recommend it,” he said.

Saturday morning, he took some of the leftover broccoli, onions and mushrooms, added jalapenos, and made omlettes for a zingy breakfast.

The story goes on and on like that. Really it does. There must be a code. It simply can’t be about what it’s about. Marter beware: Politico’s on to you and the Colorado Independent isn’t far behind!

[Photo of Ben “jus an ole stir fry guy” Marter via Politico courtesy Ben Marter ]

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