Bernie Sanders’ younger voters and Hillary Clinton’s older voters in northeast Denver’s Precinct 807 united on one issue at last night’s Democratic caucus: Nobody supported Kenneth Boyd for district attorney.
“He’s Mitch Morrisey’s man,” one caucus goer said.
That was enough to sink him.
In the mixed-race, historically black neighborhood of Northeast Park Hill, being aligned with and endorsed by Denver’s District Attorney Mitch Morrissey — who has never prosecuted a law enforcement officer for on duty excessive force or homicide — is political poison.
Voters were split between the other two Democratic DA candidates, state Rep. Beth McCann and Michael Carrigan, though McCann won by a slight margin. She lives nearby.
Both were celebrated in passionate speeches for taking umbrage with Morrissey’s cozy relationship with the Denver Police and Sheriff’s departments.
Nobody praised Boyd, despite several requests for somebody — anybody — to speak on his behalf.
“Who wants to vote with the establishment guy?” the older white woman leading the caucus asked, after describing what she said were various instances of excessive force that Morrissey refused to prosecute.
Silence. Not one person raised a hand.
Photo credit: Kenneth Boyd for DA