Publisher accuses mayor of harassment
September 25, 2010
PALISADE – The publisher of a weekly newspaper in Palisade says the town’s mayor is harassing him over the newspaper’s coverage of a recall effort against the mayor.
Palisade Tribune publisher Bob Sweeney tells The (Grand Junction) Daily Sentinel that Palisade Mayor Dave Walker demanded that he fire a reporter covering the recall effort. Sweeney says that the mayor threatened to push advertisers to boycott the paper if the reporter isn’t fired.
Walker denied issuing such an ultimatum. He says he called the publisher to discuss what he calls a “smear campaign” against him but didn’t threaten the paper.
Walker says that the publisher has threatened to kick him out of office.