DENVER — A blog post that began making the rounds on social media Wednesday referred to state Rep. Rhonda Fields’ pair of arrests more than 20 years ago as “breaking” news.
Shortly after the story went viral on Facebook, Colorado Democrats reminded the faction of gun advocates circulating the information that this is, in fact, old news.
“Rep. Fields acknowledged her mistake from the beginning, and she has been open and honest about it since the moment she became a candidate for public office,” Dean Toda, a spokesman for Colorado House Democrats, told FOX31 Denver.
Fields was arrested in 1976 for larceny, and then again in 1991 for shoplifting. In 2010, FOX31 Denver reported on Fields’ arrest record when she was campaigning for a position in the state House. The Denver Post dug into the politician’s past, as well.
“It’s something I’m not proud of,” Fields said of her arrests during her campaign. “It happened over 20 years ago. I had to leave a husband who was addicted to drugs. I stole food to feed my kids. I’m so glad I’m not the woman I was back then.”
The website Media Trackers was the first to re-release Fields’ arrest record Wednesday, under the headline “BREAKING: Anti-Second Amendment Legislator’s Criminal Record Exposed.”
The conservative blog said their report was motivated by a photo posted on the Facebook page of Boulder-based magazine manufacturer Magpul Industries. That photo originated on the wall of another Facebook group, Guns for Everyone, which claims to be the “#1 uncensored, irreverent and unintelligent gun blog on the internet.”
The photo appears to show Fields’ mugshot from her 1991 arrest. The validity of the image has been called into question by some, considering its a color photo and most Aurora Police Department mugshots in the early 90s were only released to the public in black and white.
Despite its staunch stance against Fields’ proposals, Magpul has since removed the photo from its Facebook page and urged users to quit posting it to the company’s public wall.
This isn’t the first time Fields has come under fire from an opponent of her proposals since she introduced House Bills 1224 and 1229, which would require universal background checks on all gun sales. Franklin Sain, a now-suspended executive at a Denver technology firm, was charged with harassment after sending Sain a series of emails laced with profanity and threats.
House Bill 1224, 1229 and five other gun control bills passed through the House and a Senate Judiciary Committee on party-line votes. All seven will be offered up for debate on the state Senate floor Friday.