Politics & Policy

CO Wednesday Morning Roundup

U.S. Senate

•Kjersten Forseth appears with Ed Schultz on MSNBC in a follow up on a rape case Weld County D.A. Ken Buck declined to prosecute in 2006 that has resurfaced following the instigation of ProgressNow and is causing quite a stir:

•The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has another ad up against Buck:

The Colorado Springs Gazette endorsed Buck, calling him “the rational and competent choice”:

Members of the board expected extremism, probably because of an ad campaign by Bennet that relies mostly on utterances by Buck that have been used out of context deliberately. One ad features Buck referring to himself as an “extremist.” In full context, Buck is discussing efforts by opponents to portray him as too extreme.

In meeting with The Gazette’s board, which poked and prodded in an effort to elicit extremism, Buck came across as one of the three most impressive candidates we interrogated. Questions were answered directly with clear information and ideas. […]

So where is appointed Sen. Michael Bennet? The Gazette cannot begin to answer that. Of all campaigns invited to board meetings, none was contacted more frequently and consistently than Bennet’s. Most calls and e-mails were unreturned. At one point, a major Bennet supporter took over in trying to arrange a meeting and convinced us to hold off on a decision until all efforts were exhausted. As we became more assertive in our efforts to meet with Bennet, it became clear that he had no interest in speaking with the board of the second-largest newspaper in Colorado. Michael Bennet thinks Colorado means Denver. He would be bad for Colorado Springs.

Vote for Ken Buck, a reasonable, moderate candidate who plans to succeed for all of Colorado.

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•The National Federation of Independent Business released an ad targeting Rep. John Salazar:

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•The Washington Post all but declares the 4th district contest between freshman Democratic incumbent Rep. Betsy Markey and Cory Gardner in the Republican’s favor, just three weeks out.

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•Ryan Frazier appeared on Fox while Rep. Ed Perlmutter declined, citing scheduling conflicts:

Both campaigns have declared over $500,000 in contributions received during the third quarter.

Governor

• Chuck Plunkett of the Denver Post deconstructs the latest bizarre statement from Dan Maes:

“People were so desperate for someone pure that had character and integrity,” Maes said. “They saw a guy they really trusted and believed every word I said. They turned me into something surreal to them.”

Says Plunkett: “Your Spotted This Morning correspondent [Plunkett] finds this latest screwball assertion from the hapless Republican nominee for governor to be one of the most calloused statements ever made by a politician speaking on the record.”

CompleteColorado.com continues their “Real Gubernatorial Genius” series with their spot on John Hickenlooper, the Democratic candidate. They profiled American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo on Monday. Dan Maes, the Republican, will satirized on Friday.

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