Democratic senator's wife counsels 'strategic ways' to 'quietly' defund police without backlash

Susan Daggett, wife of Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, who is locked in a tight battle for reelection, said, "Michael would say calling it 'defund the police' is not the smartest move at the outset."

Updated: November 7, 2022 - 1:30pm

Susan Daggett, an attorney and wife of Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, said in a video obtained by Just the News that there is a way to "quietly" defund police by reallocating funds and she hopes President Biden doesn't run for reelection in 2024.

Daggett, law professor at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law, was asked if President Biden should run for reelection in the undercover video, released by the media watchdog group Accuracy in Media.

"I hope not," she replied in the video recorded outside her home in Denver by two investigative journalists posing as campaign activists.

She was then asked if Bennet should at least plan to run again in the 2024 Democratic primary for president.

"I don't think so, I mean, I don't know," Daggett said. "It would just depend a lot on what the dynamics are."

Daggett also addressed the "defund the police" movement, saying the term "defund the police" really means "reallocating" funds for mental health and social services as well as overall police reform.

"Michael would say calling it 'defund the police' is not the smartest move at the outset," she said.

Whether police reform can happen depends on the results of the midterm election, she added.

Daggett explained that "the most successful efforts in Washington, D.C. are the ones that you never see on the front page of the paper."

Referring to police reform and reallocating funds to mental health services, Daggett said, "We're talking about it for half a second, and let the temperatures come down, and quietly allocate some funding to mental health, right?" 

She concluded that "there are strategic ways to do it that would be just as effective but, you know, not raise the flag."

Daggett's identity was corroborated by comparing the video with public photos as well as an audio recording.

Bennet is locked in an unexpectedly tight race for reelection to the Senate. 

Daggett did not respond to a request for comment. Bennet's office was sent the video at its request but has not provided comment. 

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