Doug Runs Dirty Campaigns

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One thing Doug Lamborn does seem committed to is running a dirty campaign. He’s opposed bills and refused to sign pledges that would try to eliminate reckless lying and mud-throwing in political campaigns. In 1998, retiring incumbent Rep. Joel Hefley would not endorse Lamborn because he said that Lamborn ran a “dishonest” and “sleazy” campaign. One really appalling example: when running against Rep. Tom Ratterree, some Lamborn’s supporters ran campaign ads that claimed Ratterree had pulled his wife off of life support, later proven untrue. The truth, Ratterree was by his wife’s side when she died after a long battle with cancer; she had requested to not be connected to any life-support machinery.

In 2003, Lamborn was one of only 2 legislators who opposed a bill allowing legal repercussions for individuals who “recklessly” lie in political campaigns.

In his track record of fighting for dirty campaigns, Lamborn refused to sign a clean campaign pledge in 2006. It would seem that Lamborn has no problem manipulating the feelings of voters by lying to them about his fellow campaigners. That’s concerning. Not to mention the hypocrisy of it all when taking into account that he called and left voicemails with a couple constituents threatening that lying has serious “consequences.” In a report from The Denver Post, Lamborn said, in regards to the phone calls: “My hope, I failed, but I had hoped to meet with them privately and confidentially because lying is a serious matter.” Hmm… so, lying is a “serious matter” that should have serious consequences for everyone except you, Mr. Lamborn?

In past elections, primary opponents have demanded that Lamborn provide some kind of documentation to support the attacks and claims that he laid against them, but Lamborn declined to do so. An organization that closely supports Lamborn had to apologize to GOP opponents for sending out statements that the individuals were part of the “radical homosexual agenda.”

With all this in mind, it would appear that retiring incumbent Joel Hefley knew what kind of man Lamborn is from the get-go. Hefley has consistently refused to endorse Lamborn saying he ran “sleazy”, “dishonest” campaigns. Hefley also mentioned that he would have endorsed any of Lamborn’s five opponents.

Resources

  • The Gazette, May 10, 1998 [Rep. Tom Ratterree]
  • Rocky Mountain News, January 22, 2003 [vote against clean campaigns]
  • The Denver Post, Editorial, July 22, 2006 [refusal to sign pledge]
  • The Gazette, June 16, 2006 [opponents demand documents]
  • Rocky Mountain News, August 5, 2006 [“radical homosexual agenda”]
  • The Denver Post, September 6, 2006 [Hefley refused to endorse Lamborn]
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