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The Pueblo man arrested Wednesday on charges he sexually assaulted a 5-year-old boy while working as the manager of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign for southern Colorado also managed the campaign of Republican state legislative candidate Muhammad Ali Hasan for two months in 2007, according to state records. Jeffrey Bartleson, who listed his job as "political consultant" when he entered the Pueblo County Jail last week on another molestation charge, was the first of several campaign managers for Hasan, who spent more than $350,000 on failed bids in Senate District 8 and then House District 56. UPDATE: Hasan released a statement to the Colorado Independent on Barlteson. Read it below the fold.
Child sex assault suspect Jeffrey Claude Bartleson, the former manager of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign office in Pueblo, was praised in the Congressional Record in 2003 by former Rep. Scott McInnis, who represented Pueblo before leaving the House of Representatives in 2004. On a page filled with tributes to constituents -- a common practice for any member of Congress -- McInnis salutes Bartleson's work as a foster parent and his role founding the Interfaith Hospitality Network, "one of Pueblo's newest self-help organizations."
Police arrested the former manager of Sen. John McCain's Pueblo presidential campaign office Wednesday on charges he sexually assaulted a 5-year-old boy left in his care so the boy's mother could attend a rally for McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, The Denver Post's Howard Pankratz reported Thursday afternoon.