OFA’S GIFT TO THE RIGHT: Biden Claims Middle Class “Buried” the Last Four Years

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What would this election be without the gaffes of Vice President Biden?  We’ve reported extensively on Biden’s “Foot in Mouth” disease, but his statement yesterday – before the first 2012 presidential debate – might be his worst/best.  While in North Carolina on the campaign trail yesterday, Biden told supporters “How they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that’s been buried in the last four years?”

Maybe Biden forgot his team has led the country for the last four years?  (We’d like to forget too, honestly.)  Beyond the collective “hand slap to forehead” heard throughout the Obama campaign, his attempt at accusing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan of wanting to raise taxes on the middle class is simply inaccurate.  The only campaign planning to raise taxes on the middle class is the Obama/Biden ticket.



GUN GRABBERS EXPLOIT AURORA: If Asked By Lehrer, Romney Should Say He Agrees With John Hickenlooper

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When it comes to the Gun Grabbers, it appears there is no tragedy they won’t pimp to prop up their cause.

From an AP report earlier this week:

DENVER (AP) – A man wounded in the mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater is appearing in a nationwide television spot aimed at drawing attention to gun violence as part of the upcoming presidential debates.

Stephen Barton, 22, of Southbury, Conn., was among the 58 people injured in the July 20 attack in Aurora that also left 12 people dead.

Barton was bicycling across the country and staying with a friend the night of the shooting. He now does victim outreach and policy research for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which helped produce the ad that began airing Monday.

In the 30-second TV spot, Barton urges people to ask themselves during the debates which candidate has a plan to stop gun violence.

Like Ed Perlmutter’s exploitation of the tragedy, we find this push to politicize Aurora galling.

But if all this hype succeeds in convincing Jim Lehrer to pose a question on Aurora and gun control during Wednesday’s Denver debate, we would encourage Mitt Romney to say, simply, “I agree with John Hickenlooper.”



ALERT: Elected Officials No Longer Need To Keep Their Promises To The Denver Post

If you make a pledge to The Denver Post editorial board, don’t worry about keeping it. They won’t hold you to it. They’ll even deny to their readers you broke it.

That’s the lesson from yesterday’s Denver Post editorial that goes after the Joe Coors for Congress ad hitting incumbent Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter for his then-wife lobbying on behalf of failed solar panel manufacturer Solyndra.

In 2006, Perlmutter promised the Post‘s editorial board that his then-wife, Deana, would not lobby the U.S. House. The editorial called that promise “essential.”

By 2008, that pledge was broken as lobbying disclosures show that Deana was lobbying the U.S. House on behalf of Solyndra.

Pretty clear violation, eh?

Not according to the left-wing lackeys at the current Post editorial board. They laughably claim “nothing in his record suggests that he has strayed from that vow.”

As the kids might say, WTF? AYKM?




Denver-area TV buys have shifted in Romney’s favor.

CU journalism students (CU News Corp), guided by CU-Boulder journalism instructor Sandra Fish and Laura Frank, executive director of the I-News Network, have been examining ad contracts for the four Denver TV stations to see who’s buying political ads. I added Obama-side and Romney-side spending to see who was leading in the spending wars.

Sandra Fish clarified that CU News Corp reports spending dates by when the station has a contract, even though the actual ad may air at a later date. 

This spending shift validates my prediction that Obama’s TV dominance was not durable.  See my ColoradoPeakPolitics post.

What this means is that Romney should begin to move up in the polls here in Colorado. The shift will not be as stark as the 61% for Obama to 70% for Romney in ad purchases, due to pre-buys, but eventually the fact that Obama had spent much of his campaign cash before Labor Day (and voters don’t recall those ads) should mean Romney has the advantage as Election Day nears.

TV buys do influence polls. See the report, including summary, here. Dominating the television air waves appears to shift the polls 6% to the side that’s dominating. And TV ads lose their influence with voters within two weeks.



BENEATH THE SURFACE: How Obama Economy Harms Colorado’s Brightest Industries

While much attention has been paid to the headline unemployment rates in Colorado and the nation as a whole, just below the surface lingers a more damaging picture of Colorado’s stalled economy under the Obama administration.  Not only do we have fewer people working in this state than we did four years ago, but Colorado has witnessed a sharp decline in high paying, “good jobs” in critical industries such as IT, financial services, and manufacturing.

Viewed alongside the fact that the state’s population growth rate over the past decade has been approximately 1.6% per annum, an even bleaker picture regarding jobs and the gainfully employed in Colorado comes into focus:  Colorado’s labor force has contracted by more than 24,000 people during Obama’s term, while the state’s population grew by nearly 240,000. This fact makes the real employment situation in Colorado significantly worse than what is recorded by official numbers, as The Colorado Observer pointed out.

Who is hurt the most by the Obama economy in Colorado?



DEBATE OVER DEBATE: Common Cause Whines About Debate Contracts

Don’t we have more pressing issues to tackle in our country?  Late last week, Democratic mouthpiece, Common Cause, issued a press release bemoaning the alleged lack of transparency over the debate negotiations and the resulting contract.

According to the Common Cause press release (via PR Newswire):

“Robert F. Bauer of the Obama campaign and Benjamin L. Ginsberg of the Romney campaign negotiated a detailed contract that dictates many of the terms of the 2012 presidential debates, including how the format will be structured.  The Commission on Presidential Debates, a private corporation created by and for the Republican and Democratic parties, agreed to implement the debate contract.  In order to shield the major party candidates from criticism, the Commission on Presidential Debates is concealing the contract from the public and the press.”

Open Debates, Common Cause, Public Citizen, Rock the Vote, Judicial Watch, Public Campaign, FairVote, Demos, Democracy Matters, League of Rural Voters, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, Essential Information, Personal Democracy Media, Reclaim Democracy!, Center for Study of Responsive Law, Citizen Works, Free & Equal Elections Foundation, and Rootstrikers also joined in the kvetching.

The Commission on Presidential Debates has sponsored every presidential debate since 1988 and Common Cause only offered access to the 2004 contract, so it seems that these contracts are routinely not made public.

As the Big Blue Machine in Colorado becomes gunked up with undisciplined candidates and liberal insanity, we can’t help but wonder if this is a lame attempt by Common Cause to reassert its relevance in this important presidential election.

Then again, with Common Cause’s recent foibles, including its secret donors, the organization is probably the last group who should be demanding greater transparency.


FULL PAGE AD: Caldara Exposes Obama’s Man Peña

You have to hand it to Jon Caldara, he isn’t afraid to drop a turd in the punch bowl of our politics when doing so exposes the hypocrisy of the Left.

This is an appropriate metaphor for Caldara’s latest missive, a full page advertisement in this morning’s Denver Post that exposes Federico Peña’s ties to a venture capital firm that saved various companys through the use of mass effieciency extractions…read that, laying off a crap-load of employees. Peña is the former Denver Mayor and always-surrogate for any Democrat running for any office in the state of Colorado. The candidates that Peña surrogates for these days, Obama, Perlmutter, etc., like to make an issue of their opponents history of laying off employees.

But on the issue of layoffs, Mr. Peña’s hands are far from unsoiled.

Political turd, allow us to introduce you to Mayor Peña’s punch bowl.

During your tenure as a Venture Capitalist in the private sector:

Your venture capital firm closed a Del Monte Foods plant in California, sadly displacing hundreds of employees…but today Del Monte is still alive and thriving!

Your venture capital firm laid-off hundreds of workers at Birdseye Foods…but hundreds are still employed because Birdseye did not fail!

Your venture capital firm closed three domestic factories with the Solo Cup Company costing hundreds of jobs…But Solo Cup is still in business, supplying real jobs.

Because of your courage to make tough and often painful decisions, these great American companies are still contributing to that economy and providing jobs. YOU BUILT THAT.

Such flattery! Such bipartisanship! Such a spirit of cooperation!

Caldara’s “flattery” should spark conversation. Next up, Peña has some explaining to do. The first question Peña should answer is how many people did he fire, and how does he sleep at night?

Wait, Pena fired people to save a company, you say? Entire companies would have been shut down, and more jobs lost, if these efficiencies weren’t achieved? Oh, well then, we agree with Mr. Caldara.

Thank you Mayor Peña for strengthening the American economy by making the same tough choices most small businesss owners are faced with every day.


WATCH DOG: Adams County Reform Project Launches

With an amazing number of tainted public officials in Adams County, it was only a matter of time before a Watch Dog group popped up to address the situation.  Yesterday, the Adams County Reform Project stepped in to fill the void.  According to spokesperson Michelle Lyng:

“Adams County is widely recognized statewide as the center of scandal, mismanagement and corruption in Colorado. Our campaign will educate voters on how the overt corruption, scandalous cronyism, and embarrassing violations of public trust perpetrated by Adams County officials impact them, and will encourage voters to elect reform-minded candidates dedicated to transparency and sound public stewardship.”

The press release goes on to highlight some of the best of the worst in Adams County governance:

  • Adams County Assessor Gil Reyes, who has been charged with criminal misconduct for lowering the taxable values of his top contributors’ commercial properties in Adams County.  Reyes has also been charged with sexually inappropriate behavior toward coworkers.
  • Adams County Commissioner Alice Nichol, who has been involved with the Quality Paving scandal and with the questionable purchase price of her mother’s home by Adams County in a road-widening effort.
  • Adams County Sheriff Doug Darr, who recently settled against charges that he violated a deaf prisoners’ rights and that he penalized an employee who was considering running against him for sheriff.
  • Former Adams County Coroner James Hibbard, who has wasted over $1.6 million in Adams County taxpayer dollars in sexual harassment and retaliation settlements to former employees.
  • Former Adams County Treasurer Diane Christner, who used county resources to bolster her own campaign efforts.

As the Peak has reported in the past (here, here, and here), Adams County is Colorado’s version of Chicago, and has seemed to embrace a culture of corruption among its elected officials.  Of course, all of the elected officials just happen to be Democrats.  Hey, we’re not saying that Democrats are all corrupt, but we are saying that it seems all the Democrats in AdCo are.

Check out the Adams County Reform Project for a great timeline on the corruption.  Brace yourself for the anger over wasted and abused resources to follow.


PRESIDENT “NOSE CANDY”: Enstrom Case Dismissed With Prejudice, But Obama Copped To Nose Narcotics

Peak Note: This post was sent in by a reader. We don’t think the back and forth will amount to much, but this made us chuckle. Presented unedited:


A liberal 527 group pounced on Republican State House challenger Rick Enstrom for being given a summons for his business selling drug paraphernalia almost 30 years ago. Colorado Pols mocked Republicans for nominating such a despicable soul.

But the progressive attack masks the fact that a judge tossed the charges against Enstrom with prejudice, a move reserved for the rarest situations where charges are so weak as to be bogus.

But still the Left questions how such a candidate, even though totally exonerated, could ever make it through the vetting process.

Maybe progressives should review their own record on candidates who, far from being exonerated, actually cop to “nose candy” in their bio.

From President Obama’s autobiography:

I had learned not to care. I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it.

There you have it — President Nose Candy. And Colorado liberals are outraged about an exonerated Enstrom?

4 more years, 4 more years, never mind that old photograph with me and a chalk stained nose, just give me 4 more years.


CONGRESSIONAL WIVES CLUB HITS TV: Coors Campaign Ties Perlmutter To Solyndra, Broken Ethics Pledge

Back in July we reported on a troubling trend – Coloradans losing their jobs in the energy sector while spouses of Colorado’s Congressional delegation were getting rich off the Green Lobby.

One fact we were the first in Colorado to report — that Democrat Congressman Ed Perlmutter’s then-wife was Solyndra’s first lobbyist — has now made its way onto TV screens across the Denver Metro area.

Last week the Coors campaign launched a brutally effective ad hitting Ed Perlmutter for his connection to the failed solar panel company that was raided by the FBI. Check it out here if you haven’t seen it yet:

The problem for Perlmutter here is the more he pushes back against this ad the deeper he’ll sink into ethical quick sand. Yes, Perlmutter is now divorced from said lobbyist-wife, but they were married at the time of her lobbying the US House, something that Perlmutter promised she wouldn’t do.

Compare this from a Denver Post editorial in 2006:

We were glad to hear Perlmutter say that his wife would not lobby him or any member of the U.S. House. That’s essential.

To official lobbying disclosures from 2008 that show that Deanna Perlmutter was lobbying the U.S. House over Solyndra’s loan application.

What does Ed Perlmutter have to say to voters in the 7th Congressional District about his broken lobbying ethics pledge?

Corruption was voters’ number one concern in 2006 — the year Perlmutter was elected to Congress. Could the issue that helped bring Perlmutter to Washington also send him packing?

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