Apr 1, 2011 10:48 PM by Matt Stafford

Mayoral candidate denies allegations of abuse

It's not the kind of press mayoral candidate Steve Bach wants less than a week before the due date for mail-in ballots in Colorado Springs.

"Here we are five days before the election and this makes the paper, I'm very disappointed," Bach told News First 5. He denies allegations of abuse from an ex-wife in Friday's Gazette.

"There were never any allegations 42 years ago of this nature, there have never been allegations since then, until today," says Bach.

The woman making the claims -- who NF5 has decided to identify only by her first name, Marian -- is quoted, describing several instances of abuse.

"He slugged me until my nose was bleeding, my lip was bleeding. I had bruises all over my torso," Marian was quoted in the Gazette article, describing her honeymoon with Bach.

"The next day we were supposed to go on a rafting trip and he said, 'If you talk to one person on that rafting trip, I'm going to kill you tonight,'" Marian was also quoted in the article saying.

In an email forwarded to NF5 from Marian, she describes the honeymoon incident and goes on to challenge Bach's character and question the quality of his candidacy for mayor.

Marian denied several interview requests from NF5; finally saying in an email, "Please do not contact me in the future."

Bach acknowledges the marriage, but says it ended amicably 42 years ago.

For the last 27 years Bach has been married to Suzi Bach. She says she doesn't believe the allegations and thinks the timing of the information's release is odd.

"For this to come up all of the sudden, to me, is very suspect," says Suzi Bach. She says there hasn't been any abuse in their marriage like described in the Gazette.

"I would not be in a marriage for five minutes, much less 27 years with the type of person that was described in this article," says Suzi. "That's not Steve. He's a kind, gentle man. It's absurd."

"I'm just very sad about it, and at the same time we're going to press forward and we're going to talk about the city's future," Bach says.

The article may be a talking point for voters until they decide the city's future next week. Mail-in ballots are due on Tuesday, April 5th.


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