More On Deceptive Letter Writing

Gene Stille may not have made it as a Republican candidate for the state’s 65th House District, but that doesn’t mean he’s lost the ability to write letters. In fact, two nearly identical letters managed to make it into two Colorado dailies within a month of each other-both praising Rep. Marilyn Musgrave.

  • Letter 1: The Greeley Tribune

The Tribune did not mention that Stille was a Republican candidate, or that he’s on the Weld County Council–a fact that was reported by the Tribune in August 2005. Instead, it appeared as if Stille was your average concerned citizen in this letter dated July 22, 2006:

  • Letter 2: The Rocky Mountain News

Today the Rocky Mountain News published another one of Stille’s letters, with words very similar to the one in the Greeley Tribune:

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Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at