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A few years ago, I was covering a fiasco involving the Faire Gallery and former City Attorney Tom Carr. It reached a grand crescendo two months before the election with Tom Carr screaming at me.

It all began when the Faire Gallery applied for a liquor permit.

But, to make a long story short, Carr lobbied the state liquor board to deny it on the grounds that the owner's husband didn't take a class for his probation (relating to a DUI charge, which he was never convicted of). Finally, after I'd been covering the story for weeks, Carr stopped challenging the liquor permit. Faire gallery had won. I'd called three different people in Carr's office for comment but nobody called me back, so I ran my story on Slog. And then I got this voicemail from Carr:

What was the "crap" he was yelling about? What part of my story lacked "truth"? Faire's attorney was quoted claiming Carr was caving to media pressure—partly from me—and Carr disagreed. "I don’t do things for political pressure," he said. Read the post here and decide for yourself. In the end, Tom Carr was drubbed in that election two-to-one, Pete Holmes won on a platform to STOP FUCKING WITH NIGHTLIFE, and then Tom Carr left town. (Oh, and I also wrote a feature about Tom Carr in the Boulder Weekly the same day he started his new job.)

The end.

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