Being a blogger isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Brad Jones, owner of right-leaning Web site FaceTheState.com, is no longer considered to be the vice president of an influential nonprofit organization, in light of the Mike Merrifield e-mail hubbub.
This week the Colorado Civil Justice League (CCJL), a bipartisan coalition dedicated to tort reform, moved to clarify Jones’s current position with the group, by rescinding the title from when he served as a former employee.“It’s been close to two years now probably, that he has not been an employee,” explains Jeff Weist, the executive director of CCJL, when referring to Jones. “The title was a holdover and we decided that because of the flap over the e-mail that it is probably smart to make it clear to everybody that he was no longer employed by the organization, he was just a contractor running the website and that what he does for other clients has nothing to do with CCJL.”
While League’s Board of Directors consists of an impressive list of business leaders, Weist also notes that the CCJL does not deal with education policy, or anything related to the controversy that happened last week.
Jones first garnered major media attention during his stint as the chairman of the CU Boulder College Republicans, for political stunts like an “affirmative action bake sale” where prices for baked goods were based on ethnicity.
Secretary of State records also show that Jones has done a fair amount of campaign work through his company Brad Jones LLC. for Republican candidates like Bob Schaffer and Marc Holtzman.
During a recent appearance on the conservative Mike Rosen Show, Jones described himself as free market libertarian and discussed his new on-line venture:
But while blogging from such a perspective has lead to a media limelight, it has also caused problems for other associates.