I've been to a few squirm nights in Aspen as media. Last night was my first squirm night as a political candidate.
Yeah...I squirmed a little. It's an Aspen tradition,but getting humiliated on TV was really not on my bucket list. If I wasn't sitting at the table I would have been bored to tears. But hey, live and learn.
I want to thank the Aspen Times (Lauren Glendenning) and Aspen Daily News (Curtis Wackerle) for asking such riveting questions which created compelling TV. Thanks to GrassRoots TV the oldest community television station in America for getting my good side only. I especially want to thank Rick Carroll and Karl Herchenroeder for their TMZ-style expose about my facetious sex tape post on FB. They put on the front page of the paper in the guise of a social media article, nice.
Squirm Night was the culmination of my campaign. I am not a political animal by nature. I noticed the veteran politicians side-stepped some of the difficult questions. To quote Mick..."this is not the forum...". It's not? Why not? I simply answered the questions honestly and openly.
I got to lob a few grenades last night. Make a few points. Let some steam out. I've been trying to be nice to everyone...politically correct...if you will. It doesn't suit me.
Back to my plan to become the puppet master in Aspen.
1) Shorter more productive meetings. I'm just gonna say it right here on the web...wake me up when its time to vote. I bought an egg timer...and if elected I'm not afraid to use it.
2) Financial Stewardship at City Hall. This is my BIG thing. I understand the numbers and they are enormous. Over $100 million per year flowing through the City of Aspen (CoA) a town with 6000 residents. Squirm Night allowed me to express my concerns about the current system of internal controls or financial checks and balances within CoA. I stated that one guy should not sign off on everything. I am skeptical of the oversight...(BOOM, drops mic.) I said it out loud at the 24 minute mark.
3) While I would prefer a simplified zoning code...I'm voting YES on Referendum 1.
4) I got to reiterate my distain for the marketing efforts and cronism at ACRA.
CLICK 4 VIDEO SQUIRM NIGHT 2015 via GRASSROOTS TV
Better yet it dumped like a MOFO last night. Over a foot up top. It was a siiiiiiick POW DAY and a defiant Andy Party schralped several laps on Aspen Mountain...old-school style...no Gondola. The gondy was down so it was Little Nell to 1a to Ruthies. I had just packed away all my warm gear and my fatties on Wednesday...but I made due. I layered up, borrowed some siiiiiick Rossi Soul 7's and got my last face shots of the season. I'm calling it a TOP 3 POW DAY for the season. Day # 105 for me.
So I had to squirm a little to make my points. But in return I got a really, really good powder day...after all...thats why I'm here.
VOTE 4 ANDY for Aspen City Council. Mail-in, Walk-in after 4/20/15 and Election day May 5.