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‘Erotic grammy’ demands $54 million from Colorado GOP

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Greg Campbell Contributor

Former GOP candidate Jaxine Bubis is demanding $54 million from Republican Party leaders, claiming they defamed her by passing around copies of erotic literature she’d written under a pen name.

The self-described “erotic grammy” saw her political support erode after it became known that she penned “50 Shades of Gray”-style titles under the name Jaxine Daniels.

She blamed states GOP chairman Ryan Call and others for that lose of support, demanding $54 million in a rambling “notice of obligation” that liberal blog ColoradoPols said is very similar to “templates used by members of the sovereign citizens movement.”

The paperwork demands an immediate $1 million “down payment” from those she lists as debtors with the remainder due within 90 days.

Bernie Herpin — the official GOP candidate taking on Colorado Senate President Morse — is listed as a debtor, as is El Paso County GOP chairman Jeff Hays and others. Bubis claims the debtors used pirated copies of her book erotic book “Beantown Heat” to “intimidate, slander, libel and defame” her.

Bubis racked up an impressive list of GOP endorsements — including by Republican state senators Owen Hill and Randy Baumgardner, who are running to oppose Sen. Mark Udall in the U.S. Senate — before her past as an erotic novelist was revealed in early July.

In an email to The Daily Caller News Foundation at the time, Bubis wrote that she got into soft-porn lit to help pay the bills as a stay-at-home mom. She wrote that “Beantown Heat” sold fewer than 50 copies and has been off the market for eight years.

In her notice, Bubis claimed Call and others illegally downloaded copies found on the Internet and passed them around, which “terrorize[d] and brought fear” to her. She also attached a criminal complaint to the notice in which she alleges several crimes, including “terrorist conspiracy to trespass, injure and harm a woman.”

She claims $18 million in damages, trebled to account for the crimes against a woman allegation.

ColoradoPols said the paperwork has all the markings of the sovereign citizen’s movement and the website dug deep to find connections. Bubis referred its reporter to a man she described as “my legal counsel” who seems to be part of the fringe movement in which her notice is rooted, the website reported.

Sovereign citizens believe they are free from government controls and answerable only to common laws that they agree upon, according to an FBI bulletin that says the agency considers extremists within the movement to be domestic terrorists.

While Bubis’s bizarre demand can be written off as the actions of a fringe candidate, some GOP members are questioning why well-known Republicans who endorsed her candidacy don’t seem to have vetted her first.

“So what this whole mess plus the ‘Beantown Heat’ stuff shows is a lack of checking a person out before endorsing them by the people who endorsed her,” wrote former El Paso County GOP division captain Bob Clark in a Facebook post, in reaction to the ColoradoPols article.

“These aren’t small timers in the GOP,” he wrote. “These are state players including two U.S. [Senate] Candidates. You’d think these people would have done their due diligence. It’s not like it was tough to do — the day Jax announced I was receiving calls about what people where finding out about Mrs. Bubis.”

Call, the state GOP chairman named in Bubis’s notice, was in Boston for Republican National Committee meetings and unable to comment for this article.

But party spokesman Owen Loftus made a brief comment.

“There hasn’t been a lawsuit filed, and there’s obviously nothing to it,” he said.

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