TRUTH TEST SMACKDOWN: CBS4 Says Miklosi Ad Attacking Coffman “More Extreme Than Coffman’s Record”

Truth tests on Congressional TV ads in Colorado this cycle have not been friendly to Democrats. With a number of TV ads now, major broadcast stations have been deeming Democrats’ ads false or arguable, while bestowing the coveted “TRUE” to the toughest Republican attack yet.

This trend continues with CBS4 smacking down CD6 Democrat challenger Joe Miklosi’s latest ad saying “in this case, Joe Miklosi’s ad is more extreme than Mike Coffman’s record.” BURN!

Roll the tape:

Perhaps the best part of the “reality check” is that it leads off reporting the news that Coffman has been endorsed by every mayor in CD6. We’re sure the Miklosi campaign really appreciated that.

Or maybe it was the listing of all of Coffman’s bipartisan votes and issue positions at the end of the segment. We can’t decide what made Miklosi’s day worse.

Just like Colorado Pols, we can’t figure out why Miklosi’s campaign has been running these tired old attacks against Coffman without bothering to introduce himself to voters. After all, polls show almost no one in CD6 (71%) knows who Miklosi is, as he’s a Denver state rep running for a Congressional seat in Aurora.

All voters seem to know about him right now is he’s not Mike Coffman and his ads are terrible. Now that’s a winning formula if we’ve ever heard one!

UPDATE: Oh…and viewers of 9News know he had an ex-con raising money for his campaign.

…and readers of the The Denver Post know he was labeled a “Legislative Loser” for his “shameless pander[ing]” and “political gimmick[s].”

So, there’s that.


“WAIT 5 MINUTES AND IT’LL CHANGE”: Romney Political Director Makes Case For Tight Race

“Being from Colorado, we have a saying, if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes and it’ll change,” Romney Political Director Rich Beeson told Politico yesterday. “If you don’t like a poll coming out of a state, wait five minutes and you’ll see one that you do like.”

The longtime Colorado GOP operative held a briefing for reporters yesterday, making the case for why the race is tight and likely to be until the bitter end. Things have not been going in Romney’s direction in the key swing state of Ohio according to recent polls, but with 41 days left — a lifetime in presidential politics — and a big map of battleground states, predicting outcomes is little more than a political parlor game at this point.

Perhaps more importantly, Beeson called Ohio “inside the margin of error” making clear the Romney campaign intends to play hard for the Buckeye State.

Per Politico’s Ginger Gibson:

“If we lose Ohio, can we still win?” Beeson said, repeating the question asked of him by reporters. “I say if its and buts were candy and nuts everyday would be Christmas.… I just don’t deal in if-then statements.”

Beeson compared states on the map to children (he has two boys,) saying individual states can’t be written off.

“It’s like kids out there — you’re not ever going to say I’m going to lose one of my kids,” Beeson said. He added, “So we don’t sit down, I don’t sit down and sort of lop those off. I prefer to look at the map holistically.”

Back here in Colorado, things looks much better for Romney. Every nonpartisan poll with legitimate sampling has found the race within the margin of error, usually with Obama up 1-2 points — a statistically meaningless lead.

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for the Romney campaign, no doubt, but better to have those tough weeks now than in October. Making matters tougher for the Romney campaign recently has been the Obama campaign’s massive spending advantage.

Despite being outspent 3-1 in Colorado by the Obama campaign in recent weeks, Romney’s polling has held up. When that gap gets closed or Romney is able to overtake Obama in spending, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a spate of Colorado polls begin to show Romney taking the lead.


DEFIANCE: Embattled ADCO Assessor Disputes Reappraisal

Adams County has had its share of corruption over the past couple of years, but Democrat County Assessor Gil Reyes is perhaps one of the worst of the bunch.  That’s why it was so surprising when he responded to an investigation of his activities with a terse and “defiant” letter to the Colorado State Division of Property Taxation.  The Peak has obtained a copy of the letter (see excerpt below).

Reyes’ response may not seem so ridiculous on its face, but within the context of his ethical issues, his response is wishful thinking at best.  First, a Denver Post investigation revealed Reyes had saved a top donor, Majestic Realty, nearly $800,000 in property taxes on the donor’s warehouses.  Then, the Adams County District Attorney, the U.S. Attorney, and the FBI got involved and charged Reyes with criminal misconduct stemming from the property tax reduction.

Unfortunately, this isn’t Reyes’ first ethical breach.  He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for accepting (and failing to disclose) prime sports tickets from major donor Majestic Realty’s leadership.  He also has been criticized for working just two days per week, which he attributes to an injury.  Finally, in the beginning of 2011 two of Reyes’ female employees sued him, alleging he “repeatedly engages in sexual ‘humor’ that demeans women.”

Despite calls for him to step down by an Adams County Commissioner and the Denver Post, Reyes has clung to his post, and has been uncooperative with state officials.

The Denver Post article reporting on Reyes’ response  quoted state property tax administrator JoAnn Groff, who indicated that the state was now at an “impasse” with this situation, “in my mind, they have not cooperated with the reappraisal order. As a result, we do not have a successful reappraisal.”

While the entire saga may seem like inside baseball, the money that Assessor Reyes is offering back to his top donors is much needed in this growing community for better schools and other community benefits.  The Adams County Reform Project, a 527 dedicated to cleaning out the corruption in Adams County government, weighed in on the letter:

“The arrogant tone of Mr. Reyes’ written response is shocking and simply reveals that Mr. Reyes truly doesn’t understand the damage he’s caused in exchanging the trust of residents of Adams County for his own political gain,” said Michelle Lyng of the Adams County Reform Project.

Unfortunately, this is exactly the type of government corruption and cronyism that residents of Adams County have come to expect from their Democratic leaders.


OUTSOURCING INSOURCING: Cherylin Peniston Sends Mailer Defending In-State Contractor Bill With Florida Mail Firm

Here’s a tip for candidates this cycle: When you are pimping a piece of legislation that gives incentives to in-state contractors for government work, it’s not a good idea to do so using an out-of-state mail firm. It steps all over your message.

But that’s just what Adams County Democratic Rep. Cherylin Peniston did recently when she sent a piece of mail over Senate Bill 1 using Mad Dog Mail, a Florida-based mail vendor for Democratic campaigns. Peniston is being challenged by Republican Brian Vande Krol, who nearly knocked off Rep. John Soper in 2010.

As the source who sent us the piece of mail said — “she outsourced the job of promoting her message of insourcing.”

Senate Bill 1, also known as the HIRE Colorado Plan, was the bill that gave a 5% preference to Colorado contractors that had at least 90% in-state employees, raising the cost of contracting business for the state. The bill was called “muddled economic thinking” by the liberal Denver Post editorial board, and was successfully killed by the Republican-controlled House.

Heralded by Democrats as essential to their “jobs” plan, the bill earned the special recognition of being the first piece of legislation introduced in the Democrat-controlled Senate, making it unsurprising to see the failed legislation show up in campaign mail.

While we’ve only received this one piece of mail from Rep. Peniston, we wonder how many Democrats are pushing an insourcing message to voters by outsourcing the job to a Florida mail firm. A search of the Secretary of State’s website finds that 15 Democrats running for the Legislature, as well as the Colorado Democratic Party, all employ Mad Dog Mail out of Florida.

Guess that “laser” focus on job creation through protectionist policies got a bit blurry during campaign season.


ENDORSEMENTS: Colorado Women’s Alliance Lends Support to Jefferson and Arapahoe Co Candidates

The Colorado Women’s Alliance has evaluated the candidates and has offered its endorsement of the 2012 Colorado State Senate and House candidates in Colorado.  Debbie Brown, director of the Colorado Women’s Alliance had this to say about the endorsements:

“Our research confirms that women’s issues are much broader than you’d guess from watching over-the-top political ads designed to scare and distract.  Joblessness, home foreclosures, rising education bills and a stagnant economy all affect the lives of women in a very personal way. Legislators must enact policies that protect and respect a woman’s personal financial security and independence.”

The criteria for the endorsements was that the candidate had to commit to putting job creation first, to commit to reducing the burden of business regulation, and to be running in a targeted race. The endorsements focused on Jefferson and Arapahoe Counties, two of the most contested counties in Colorado in local and presidential elections.

Here are the Jeffco candidate endorsements:



BROW BEATEN: Small Businesses Shrug in CO and Nationwide

Earlier today, we posted on how weak Colorado’s so-called recovery has been.  Two new polls released in the past few days may help explain why.

Public Opinion Strategies conducted a survey of 800 small business owners and manufacturers, owners, or C-Level decision makers at companies with between two and 499 employees.  The survey was commissioned by the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the National Association of Manufacturers.  Here are the most important findings from the respondents:

  • 69% of small business owners and manufacturers say President Obama’s recent Executive Branch and regulatory policies have hurt them, compared to just 29% who think they’ve helped (we assume those businesses are in the green energy sector)
  • 55% say that given what they know now and in the current economic climate for business, they would not start a business today
  • 55% said that, compared to three years ago, the national economy is less favorable to the success of American small businesses owners; just 24% think the economy is more favorable
  • 66% said economic uncertainty makes it hard for them to grow and hire; they hold the Obama Administration or Congress responsible.
  • 58% rate government spending as a significant challenge facing facing small business owners and manufacturers
  • 49% rate federal, state, and local taxes  as a significant challenge facing facing small business owners and manufacturers
  • 55% say that given what they know now and in the current economic climate for business, they would not start a business today

Emphasizing these findings, also published a study of Colorado small businesses’ responses to the question: “What is the single most important issue in your choice for president?” The chart below shows that Colorado entrepreneurs, not surprisingly, rate jobs and the economy as top issues.  But, surprisingly, the Colorado respondents rated ethics/honesty/corruption in government as the next most important.  (Yeah, they’re talking to you, Adams County.)



EMPTY CHAIRS: If Joe Miklosi Can’t Attract Crowds, How Can He Attract Votes?

The campaign of Denver State Rep. and CD6 Congressional challenger Joe Miklosi has been a textbook example of how not to run for office. The latest reminder of that came today when he held an event to announce a firefighter union endorsement…and no one showed up.

Picture via Denver Post reporter Kurtis Lee’s Twitter feed:

This isn’t even the first time this type of no-show embarrassment has plagued Miklosi’s campaign.

Just last month, Revealing Politics showed up at a “free” Miklosi fundraiser to find a near-empty room.

If Joe Miklosi can’t attract people to his fundraisers and endorsement announcements, how does he ever expect to attract votes in what is supposed to be a competitive district?

Where are the Hells Angels when you need them?


PAUL RYAN TO COLORADO: VP Candidate to Visit Fort Collins and Colorado Springs on Wednesday

VP nominee Paul Ryan is swinging back through Colorado tomorrow, with rallies in Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Ryan was last in Colorado a little less than three weeks ago, with a rally and fundraiser in Colorado Springs.

Details courtesy of a Romney campaign press release:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Event: Paul Ryan Fort Collins Victory Town Hall

Location: Walker Manufacturing

5925 E. Harmony Road

Fort Collins, Colorado

Doors Open: 9:30 AM MDT

Invite Time: 11:30 AM MDT

Program Time: 12:00 PM MDT


Event: Paul Ryan Colorado Springs Victory Rally

Location: America the Beautiful Park

126 Cimino Drive

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Doors Open: 4:00 PM MDT

Invite Time: 6:00 PM MDT

Program Time: 6:25 PM MDT


DEAD LAST: Colorado Has Worst Recovery in Unemployment in Nation

A chart of the improvement in unemployment, sent to us by faithful Peak reader and contributor Dave Diepenbrock, showed that Colorado has had the greatest increase in unemployment since August 2009 of any state in the country. Not only have our unemployment numbers not improved, they’ve actually gotten worse.  See the chart below.

Perhaps Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper knew about the improvement (or lack thereof) in unemployment in Colorado last week when he noted: “It’s always good to get positive news with the state revenue forecast,” Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said in a statement. “But we know many households are still struggling and different sectors of the economy are still fragile.”

While the rest of the country continues to suffer from high unemployment, some areas have seen tepid improvement.  Colorado is simply not one of them.  Of course, with the national unemployment average remaining at a stubbornly high 8.1%, the recovery that President Obama promised to Americans seems out of reach.

As a reminder, he promised that if he was to enact the massive spending programs that added exponentially to our national debt, he would be able to return unemployment to 5.6%.  Then again, he also claimed he would slash deficits by 50% and we’ve seen how that’s worked out for us.  Obama claimed that if he was unable to accomplish this within his first term, he would be a one-term president.  For the sake of Colorado’s families, let’s hope so.


WHO’S AFRAID OF JOE COORS JR? Democrats In Colorado Fear The Freight Train Of The Coors Campaign

Ever since the specter of a Joe Coors campaign for Congress first came to light, Democrats have done their level best to insist that Coors stands no shot at winning. Telling a much different tale about the threat Coors poses to incumbent Democratic Congressman Edwin Perlmutter is the $1 million dollars two liberal outside groups have spent in recent weeks attacking Joe Coors on television.

Put simply, Democrats are frightened of the electoral freight train that is the Coors campaign.

Joe Coors can spend big, has sky-high name ID and appears to be generally liked by all reporters who meet him. That, and he’s challenging Perlmutter in a district that’s nearly half brand new to both candidates.

A year ago, virtually no one would have said that Perlmutter was at risk of a serious challenge in 2012, seeing that he walloped Ryan Frazier by 11 points in the Republican wave year of 2010.

How quickly the tides have turned.

After Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC dropped $500,000 attacking Coors, the Democrat mouthpiece blog Colorado Pols laughably tried to convince their readers that the race would be over now, suggesting the terribly-produced spot by House Majority PAC would be a “Coup de Grace.”

“…what we hear from Democrats is they want this race relegated to sideshow status as quickly as possible so they can focus on pickups elsewhere in Colorado…”

Turns out relegating the CD7 race between Coors and Perlmutter to sideshow status didn’t happen, forcing public sector union AFSCME and the SEIU to drop another $500,000 attacking Coors.

Colorado Pols’ truly pathetic spin got even worse this weekend, claiming “Joe Coors’ candidacy won’t survive” a story by Lynn Bartels in the Sunday Denver Post.

Wishing doesn’t make it so, Pols.


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