“Do-Nothing Doug,” as some call him in the halls of congress, has held office for 12 years, and in that time, he’s introduced only three bills that became law. And, what are these three, not-so-groundbreaking bills, you may ask … The naming of a VA clinic, striking a commemorative coin, and approving a right-of-way for a railroad system … Thanks, Doug. In 12 years, we’d hoped for more.
With America facing several serious issues regarding gun rights, immigration, education, and a child’s right to life, to name a very few, we need representatives in Washington who are ready to make a real difference, defend our rights, and voice our values. Our representatives have the ability and responsibility to introduce bills that could greatly impact our district and our nation. Lamborn has had 12 years to make a difference, and the results of his six terms have been lackluster.
He hasn’t directly done anything to impact the primary issues that Republicans nationwide are fighting for or that Coloradans are fighting for. He’s wasted time fighting to get the Corporation for Public Broadcasting defunded and to pass a potentially ineffective and unwanted oil shale subsidy plan that may not even provide the transportation revenue promised. Lamborn has spent his time making commemorative coins and taking up causes that benefit a very limited number of constituents, if any.
Because he lacks notable, personally led victories, he’s had to take credit for projects started by others. For example, he took credit for bringing a veterans’ cemetery to southern Colorado even though the effort to do so was started 10 years prior by Rep. Joel Hefley who had already gained the support necessary to get the task rolling. (The Denver Post, Curtis Hubbard, June 24, 2012)
In 2012, when Robert Blaha challenged Lamborn in the primary race, one of Blaha’s main critiques of Lamborn was his ineffectiveness. Blaha coined the refrain “0 for 37” in reference to the 37 bills sponsored by Lamborn, of which, none have been signed into law. Clearly, Lamborn has not made the impact that we desperately need in Congress today. (The Gazette, April 29, 2012)