BREAKING: Democratic CD3 Candidate Buffie McFadyen Abruptly Leaves Race

Was it something we said?  In a bizarre twist of events, former State House Representative and current Pueblo County Commissioner Buffie McFadyen has left the CD3 race just little over a month after she entered the race. The rumor was confirmed via her Facebook page:

After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided to withdraw from the 3rd Congressional race.

My decision was made after watching my son at his lacrosse game Wednesday. Timing as the saying goes, is everything. My son is a high school sophomore. After watching his first home game, I realized I’m not prepared to miss his last two years of high school here in Colorado. Time with our children moves much too swiftly and like any mom, I want to spend as much time as possible with my son over the next two years. At least I am hopeful for as much time as a teenager allows….

McFadyen would have squared off against popular Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton.  McFadyen had come under fire last year for (another) bizarre incident in which she and the head of the Pueblo Democratic Party were given a DUI preferential treatment after police found them sitting in a car chatting after attending a hot springs party at a nudist resort.  From our report in November 2013:

She was caught in a rather awkward situation — parked in a dirt lot at night, intoxicated and with a man who isn’t her husband. But she didn’t get a DUI – instead she got a ride home.

Not only is her departure from the race awkward for her, but this is a huge black eye for Colorado Democratic Party Chair Rick Palacio.  Seriously?  This seat was in Democratic hands for three terms and Democrats dumped a ton of resources into the race in 2012.  And, now, they can’t even field a challenger?  Did Sal Pace piss away Democrat’s chances to ever hold this seat again?


PeakFeed: Hickenlooper Takes On A Sal Pace-like Posture In Bumper Sticker

Spotted by a reader in Eastern Colorado. Looking kind of Sal Pace-like we might add.


SCOTT TIPTON, REST EASY: Gun Grabbing Democrats Eyeing Run For Conservative 3rd Congressional District

With Republican Congressman Scott Tipton’s larger-than-expected trouncing of Sal Pace (D-Urination) in 2012, we thought Democrats had given up all hope at ever making a spirited challenge for that seat in the near future.

Turns out there are a few high profile Democrats with ambitions bigger than their political brains.

Reports National Journal’s Hotline on Call:

At least two Democrats are considering running against Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., next year: state Sen. Gail Schwartz and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. Multiple state Democrats confirmed Schwartz and Garcia are being recruited to run in the state’s 3rd Congressional District.

Schwartz, a two-term senator and the majority whip in Colorado’s upper legislative chamber, cannot run for her seat again in 2014 due to term limits. Multiple state Democrats hailed her as a potentially strong fundraiser.

…Garcia has never run for elected office in his own right — Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper selected Garcia as a running mate in 2010 — but the motorcycle-riding LG’s biography and experience have some fellow Democrats excited about his prospects.

As we noted after the election, not only did Pace lose last year, but he got less votes than Kevin Lundberg did against Congressman Jared Polis in CD2. And no one even called CD2 competitive.

If the 3rd Congressional District was safe territory for Tipton in 2012 despite the 84,930 OFA offices the Obama campaign had littered across the state, it’s most certainly safe terrain in 2014.

Oh and then there is this:

With both Schwartz and Garcia tied to gun control legislation that has sparked massive protests across CD3 from Durango to Grand Junction, we think it’s safe to say Scott Tipton ain’t got a race on his hands.


SHAFFTED & OUT-PACED: Brandon Shaffer and Sal Pace Receive Fewer Votes Than Kevin Lundberg

Colorado’s Sad Clowns, Brandon Shaffer and Sal Pace

Amidst the Republican Party wound-licking, there was one ray of sunshine that warmed our hearts and made us smile just a little brighter.  CD4 loser and Colorado Democrats’ “rising star” Brandon Shaffted Shaffer and CD3 Democratic felon Sal Pace (D-Urination) received fewer votes than Republican whipping boy Kevin Lundberg, who ran unsuccessfully against Congressman Jared Polis.  In fact, Lundberg’s over 158,000 votes equated to nearly 40,000 more votes than Shaffer and about 24,000 more than Pace. (H/T to Sen. Brophy for pointing out Pace’s, ahem, shortcomings.)


To put that into perspective, it would be like if the entire city of Littleton (pop. 41,000) didn’t vote for Shaffer or the entire city of Lafayette (pop. 24,000) didn’t vote for  Pace.  Yes, we realize that these towns aren’t in either of these candidates’ districts, but we’re going for size not geography. continue…


FIRST RACES CALLED: Shaffer, Pace Massacred

We have no polling. No inside information to report.

But the Peak is prepared to call the races in the 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts, with two Big Shot legislative Democrats set to receive a thorough shellacking.

Sal Pace (D-Urination) and Senate President Brandon Shaffer ran two of the most feckless campaigns in Colorado history, never even remotely threatening two incumbent freshmen Republican Congressmen, Scott Tipton and Cory Gardner.

Despite Pace’s feckless fumble, liberal groups targeted Congressman Tipton with withering harassment for the entirety of his first two years, but to utterly no effect. We don’t know the margin yet, but it’s safe to say the “tax-raising twit” — as Grover Norquist dubbed Pace — is going down pretty hard.

Shaffer may have attempted to draw himself a winnable district during redistricting, but the Brandon-Mander didn’t come to be, instead seeing Shaffer stuck in a district that might be safely described as R+457. He’ll go down in probably the biggest loss in CD4 in decades.


Has Joe Coors Guaranteed The Re-Election Of Mike Coffman & Scott Tipton?

If Joe Coors manages to pull off the upset of the season and defeat Congressman Edwin Perlmutter, Coors will more than likely be the only man in Congress responsible for the election of three different Republican Members of Congress…himself, Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton.

A Coors victory is anything but assured at this point, though it is still in the realm of the very possible. With Mitt Romney pulling ahead and Ed Perlmutter constantly on the defense, a Coors win looks like a 50-50 proposition to us.

The outcome hasn’t yet been determined for Perlmutter and Coors, but what is sure is that Mr. “I Am Not A Beer” has run such a fantastic race that it has forced Democratic donors and Democratic Independent Expenders to focus unexpectedly large sums of money defending a wobbly Perlmutter.

Just ask Sal Pace and Joe Miklosi. They will tell you. Every dollar spent by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC attacking Joe Coors is a dollar that isn’t spent attacking Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton.



LOOK-A-LIKE: 8 Colorado Legislators Who Look Like Muppets and Cartoons

With all this talk of Big Bird suddenly becoming the focus of the Obama campaign we thought it was a perfect opportunity to bring out a hilarious series of look-a-like photos from a loyal reader. They are so good we’ll be releasing them in a multi-part series over the next couple of weeks.

As tensions are high and mud is flying at full throttle with only 5 days until ballots drop, we thought it also might be a good time for some bipartisan parody.

Without further ado, we present 8 Colorado legislators who look like Muppets and cartoons:



PACE PUBLIC PEE BLACKOUT OVER: GJ Sentinel Drops Urination Bomb On Pueblo Democrat

Nearly a year after we broke the news of Congressional candidate Sal Pace’s second arrest for public urination, a mainstream media publication has finally acknowledged the criminal act in print.

In an article about Pace’s meeting with the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel’s editorial board, Gary Harmon touches on Pace’s biggest Google problem.

Sal Pace, the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Scott Tipton, painted himself as a maverick unafraid to defy his own party leaders.

Pace also told The Daily Sentinel editorial board Monday he regretted two incidents when he was younger.

Pace, twice, was charged with public urination: once as a Fort Lewis College student in Durango and, more recently, in downtown Denver in 2003, when he was working as a staffer on a campaign against Referendum A, which was to build unspecified water projects around the state.

“The hardest part was telling my parents and some day I’m going to have to explain it to my kids,” Pace said.

As the Sentinel is one of the biggest publications in the conservative 3rd Congressional District, you can be sure more than a few folks will be learning of this incident through today’s paper. That is, if they hadn’t tried to type Sal Pace’s name into Google, only to have the first auto-suggestion be “sal pace criminal record.”

As we noted last week, the CD3 race is increasingly becoming a lock for incumbent Republican Congressman Scott Tipton. Outside groups haven’t been spending money, Pace recently lost his Communications Director and overall the race seems to be drifting away from competitive territory.

Even if Pace were doing better, this race would not be leaning in Pace’s favor with his full criminal record reaching print for the first time less than 50 days out from the election. Maybe Pace should have addressed this last year.


CRAPTASTIC ADS: Miklosi and Pace Release Lame New Spots

Democratic Congressional challengers Sal Pace and Joe Miklosi released what are best described as “craptastic” new ads today.

For Miklosi, it is the first ad of his vastly underfunded campaign, and as The Denver Post‘s Kurtis Lee notes, it doesn’t even try to introduce the little-known Denver State Representative. It’s an odd choice considering Miklosi just moved into the 6th Congressional District in February, and he currently represents a Denver House District that has virtually no overlap with the Congressional District he’s running in, giving him little built-in name ID.

The spot itself is painful to watch. Miklosi’s acting feels like it belongs in a late-night infomercial rather than a contested Congressional race ad. Tell us more, Joe, about how the Juice Cleanse 4000 saved your life.



MESSAGE MELTDOWN: Comms Director Departure Precedes Pace Debate Difficulties

(Credit: Twitter)

UPDATE: The Federal Election Commission website further confirms that outside groups have abandoned Pace. There has not been a single dollar spent on advertising in his CD3 race in all of 2012.

Sal Pace’s embarrassing debate performance at the Club 20 debate last Saturday, where he refused to let the words “Barack Obama” pass his lips, may be a harbinger of things to come. His campaign has been slowly collapsing, going from the top targeted race in the state a few months ago, to practically an afterthought for national party committees and outside groups.

The latest sign in the Pace campaign collapse is the departure of his Communications Director, Megan Dubray, who, according to Colorado Peak Politics sources, left the campaign the week before the Club 20 debacle.

Dubray was previously the Deputy Communications Director for the State House Democrats. An email to the Pace campaign to confirm Dubray’s departure was not returned.

Our sources tell us Chad Obermiller, Pace’s campaign manager, has been forced into double duty with Dubray’s departure. Based on Pace’s performance at Club 20, it doesn’t appear communications is Chad’s strength.

Revealing Politics brings us video of that awkward moment Pace was asked who he is endorsing for President.

The message meltdown over at Team Pace follows a meltdown in outside group support as well. Over the last couple of months when outside liberal groups, like Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC, spent money on Colorado Congressional races, Pace’s CD3 never seemed to make the cut. Recently, money has been going to defend Ed Perlmutter in CD7 or prop up Joe Miklosi in CD6. Pace, it seems, hasn’t been given a pot to piss in (get it?).

With Pace’s campaign seemingly collapsing — losing staff and outside support — it makes more sense why he was buying advertising time in the Denver media market recently. It wasn’t going to touch a lot of his persuadable voters, as the Denver media market covers barely any of CD3, but maybe it was intended to remind the Denver establishment he still exists. Hey guys — don’t forget about me!

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