Jeffco ‘Democrat of the Year’ Convicted of Felony Theft

CBS Denver, October 26, 2012

The woman named “Democrat of The Year” this year by the Jefferson County Democratic Party has been convicted of felony theft by a Jefferson County jury for stealing from a developmentally disabled 71-year-old woman.

“The jury did right,” said Cindy Maxwell, an advocate for the victim.

On Thursday, a jury convicted 66-year-old Estelle Carson of felony identify theft and felony theft from an at risk adult for stealing checks from the woman and using them to pay her own cable, cell phone and internet bills.

The victim is partially blind, developmentally disabled, has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. She is on a fixed income of $596 per month according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

Nearly as bothersome as the theft itself to Maxwell and other supporters of the victim, is the fact the Jefferson County Democratic Party was made aware of the ongoing criminal investigation and honored Carson anyway.

According to documents obtained by CBS4, in November of 2011, the Jeffco Democratic Party announced it planned to honor Carson for her activism on behalf of Democratic causes and her efforts to register voters.

But three days before the January 8 gala, advocates for the victim contacted the party via email and phone informing them of the criminal investigation.


Cindy Maxwell told CBS4 she informed Democratic Party officials that Carson had already confessed to the theft as part of the investigation.

But Chris Kennedy, chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic party, dismissed the concerns saying there was not a conviction and bestowed the “Democrat of the Year” honor on Carson.

In an email following the event, Kennedy wrote, “After much consideration, my decision was that the award being presented by my organization and the alleged financial exploitation need to be compartmentalized, one having no bearing on the other. Thus I decided to present the award to Estelle.”


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  • They make it so easy.  

  • dd

    Lefties have no sense of right and wrong.  In their politics as in how their personal conduct they are completely amoral.

    • You are so right!

    • The__Bobster

      Winning is the only important thing for them. It doesn’t matter how they do it.

  • I think it would be harder trying to find a democRAT that isn’t a felon!

  • I’d still vote for her to be democrat of the year.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      Absolutely!  Her thieving should have clinched it for her.

    •  LOL.

  • College Street Jed

    The Future Is No Longer Ours:

    White voter registration in Ga. dips below 60 percent

  • APaige

    Democrats always steal from people.

  • IKantunderstand

    Hmmm, stealing money that belongs to other people? Democratic resume enhancer! Trust me, if the decision had boiled down to a tie between her and someone else, this accusation propelled her to the top of the list as “Democrat of the Year”.

  • Strider73

    FYI, a lot of those banksters are liberals. They donated millions to Obama’s 2008 campaign. The guy who bought Newsweek for $1 was a flaming leftist (along with his wife, a Democrat Congresscritter). The phrase “limousine liberals” exists for a reason.

  • IstvanIN

    Was the victim white?