The increasingly bizarre story of the Incredible Disappearing Sheriff entered a new phase this week when the missing person himself weighed in at the Aspen Daily News, a hospitable domicile that has never worried about acknowledging his absence.
Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis, putatively missing in action for an unannounced stint at a wellness clinic whereabouts unknown, surfaced for an actual high-season quote in the papers for the first time in weeks by positing his sentiments on Prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia’s decision to sell his $135 million Starwood pied-a-terre.
“They ask us to do very little to almost nothing,” the Sheriff His Ownself told the Rag about Bandar’s entourage. “But they always advise us of their comings and goings.”
Which is more than Braudis can say for himself after he left town without mentioning to top Aspen and Pitkin County elected officials just where he might be–or for how long he might be there. They still don’t know. During his unexplained absence in an election year, both the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Fortune-Aspen Institute Brainstorm conference came and went, with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office responsible at least in part for the security of former President of the United States Bill Clinton, Bush Administration political operative Karl Rove, Senator John McCain of Arizona, current Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and former Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell, Queen Noor of Jordan, and other titans and dignitaries too numerous to enumerate.
“He has more security than the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office,” Braudis told the paper about Bandar.
That may be literally true with the Sheriff himself out of town. But weren’t we supposed to be respecting his privacy during a difficult time when he was under treatment for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and bronchial pneumonia? No—that was the story line in the Aspen Times, not the Aspen Daily News. For the notoriously pro-Braudis Daily, it’s almost as if the Sheriff never left.