From threatening voicemails to angry outbursts toward constituents, Lamborn lacks a respect for the people he is supposed to represent. In 2007, Lamborn had to apologize to a Colorado Springs couple after leaving voicemails threatening them that there are “consequences” for lying. The couple had written a letter criticizing Lamborn for accepting $1500 from the gaming industry as a campaign contribution. As stated by the Associated Press, Lamborn claimed, “I never had it in my bank account for one second,” however, federal records show that the donation was accepted. Lamborn said he returned it … later reports detail it as quite the ordeal where a non-labeled check eventually, months later, showed up at the gaming company’s office. So, who’s actually the one lying here?
When trying to explain his actions, Lamborn claimed that his goal was to save the couple from the embarrassment that would follow when he proved their statements false. Hmm… For one thing, he wasn’t actually able to prove them wrong. When describing their experience, the couple, Jonathan and Anna Bartha, said that the voicemails made them feel very uncomfortable, even scared. They told The Denver Post that Lamborn said there would be “consequences” if they did not withdraw their letter. “We felt very threatened and intimidated, and quite frankly, scared,” Anna Bartha said.
And then there’s… this:
Scaring constituents … that doesn’t really sound like the making of a great representative of the people. Along with threatening the Bartha’s, Lamborn has rudely dealt with other constituents. In one debate, Lamborn told an attendee, “why don’t you keep your mouth shut.”
We want elected officials to listen to you and voice your values, not threaten those who disagree.