Colo candidate Romanoff removes doctored photo
Associated Press Writer
DENVER – A Democrat running for the Senate from Colorado has removed a doctored photo from his website that moved black and Latino faces to the forefront.
Andrew Romanoff changed the photo Friday afternoon after some Latinos backing Romanoff’s primary opponent complained the doctored image was insulting. The minorities with altered pictures were indeed at the rally, just not standing where they appeared.
Romanoff’s camp at first stood by the doctored photo when it was first reported by the Denver Post Wednesday. Romanoff’s campaign manager said the photo doctoring was done to improve the illustration, not to deceive viewers about minority support for Romanoff, who is white.
By Friday afternoon the campaign had changed course, replacing the photo with one of Romanoff with a smaller crowd.
“I take offense at any suggestion that our campaign attempted to deceive anyone. That’s outrageous and false,” the Democrat said in a statement.
Romanoff is challenging Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.
Earlier Friday, a letter sent to Romanoff blasted the photo illustration.
“We are NOT political pawns to be used when convenient,” read the letter written by Joseph A. Salazar of Thornton, a lawyer who supports Bennet.
Another Democrat who signed the letter, Pueblo City Councilman Steve Nawrocki, called the doctored photo a “grave error.” Nawrocki said he likes Romanoff but that the former state House speaker should have realized that altering a photo to change the placement of minorities would cause offense and should have removed it sooner.
“It’s important how we politicians pick people and represent them,” Nawrocki said.
A campaign spokesman for Bennet declined to comment on the photo.
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