Holding an essentially uncontested seat (Republicans have held the 5th District seat since its inception), Doug Lamborn should be regularly speaking out on issues at the Capitol; yet, we rarely hear from him on the floor. We also never see him get invited to speak at CPAC, Lincoln Day dinners or other Republican party events. Why? Because he lacks the leadership skills to unite and inspire his fellow Republicans.
With a district like ours where the Republicans’ control of the house seat has stood basically uncontested by Democrats, there is greater opportunity for our representative to be very vocal without much risk of losing the seat to the Democratic party in future elections. Whoever holds the seat should be one of the most outspoken leaders on Capitol Hill. He or she should be a leader in Congress representing our conservative ideals, leading political reform, fighting to defend our rights, and rallying together Republicans from all states and districts. Lamborn has held this seat for 12 years and has not shown himself interested in or capable of being that kind of leader.
Unfortunately, Lamborn’s attempts at leading and inspiring other representatives has not been successful. In the past 12 years, he has only been able to get three bills passed out of the 145 he’s sponsored. Clearly, he has not received much support from fellow GOP members. And, the only bills that he was able to get passed were not notable in the political environment Americans currently find themselves; He named a VA clinic, commissioned a commemorative coin, and solidified a railroad right-of-way. Probably not going to have to do a lot of fighting to get other representatives to agree with you on those items. Also, in his effort to expand the Fort Carson Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, he received a mere 34 votes; thus, the effort went nowhere.
In other situations, he has also received no support from his fellow GOP members. When he encouraged generals to resign in protest, he was met with rebuke from fellow Republicans. And, in his latest debacle with fraudulent signatures getting him kicked off and then placed back on the 2018 primary ballot, he received no support or empathy from the Republican National Party. The only thoughts expressed: “He’s the incumbent … He should know better.”