Candidate Blames ‘Exhaustion’ For Lies About Criminal Past

October 29, 2012 7:20 PM

Candidate Blames ‘Exhaustion’ For Lies About Criminal Past
" ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A candidate for Adams County Commissioner who admitted he lied about his criminal past and tried to mislead an interviewer now blames his deceptive answers on “exhaustion.”

Charles Tedesco, one of five candidates for Adams County Commissioner, was approached earlier this month at a candidates forum. CBS4 had learned of two DUI arrests for Tedesco about 20 years ago — one leading to him spending nine days in jail.

However, when asked straightforward questions about criminal incidents, Tedesco admitted he lied.

“I don’t know why I did it,” Tedesco later said. “I was embarrassed.”

Tedesco has now posted an explanation for his actions on his website.

“At the end of a 14-hour day, in the last stretch of a year-long campaign, I was asked an obscure question about something that happened in my past nearly 20 years ago. Perhaps due to my level of exhaustion, I responded with less grace than should have been afforded the situation.”

In the taped interview, Tedesco was asked if he had ever been jailed, arrested, or had a criminal record.

“I visited the jail but I’ve never been arrested,” Tedesco responded "

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