We reported yesterday that Boulder Congressman Jared Polis was in trouble due to a damning ethics report on him and the likely entrance of Boulder Republican Eric Weissmann into the CD2 race. In today's Denver Post, Polis used an Op-Ed to respond to the accusations of ethical impropriety made in a book by investigative reporter Peter Schweizer called "Throw Them All Out."
And this afternoon, Schweizer struck back. Hard.
The response from Polis begins:
In Sunday’s Denver Post, a conservative commentator and adviser to Sarah Palin [Peter Schweizer] made a series of baseless charges about my finances and conduct in Congress. This person has made a lucrative cottage industry of hurling various charges at elected officials, including John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry. Gadflies have been around forever, but they usually don’t get featured in major American newspapers.
He then goes on to try to rebut some of Schweizer’s details, which Schweizer dismisses in his response.
Schweizer’s response fires back:
Congressman Jared Polis offers a remarkable display of misdirection and outright deception in his response to my book "Throw Them All Out," which was excerpted in The Denver Post.
First note what Congressman Polis is not denying: that he made multimillion dollar equity investments that stood to benefit greatly from legislation he was working on and supported. And the timing of those transactions confirms to the work he was doing on capitol hill.
The long and short of the issue is that, as Complete Colorado reported in September 2009, Congressman Polis benefited financially, in a major way, from Obamacare through investments made at opportune times based on information that Polis was privy to through his job in Congress.
You can read Schweizer's original piece on Polis's insider trading here.
Congressman Polis responds in his own Op-Ed here.
And Schweizer responds back here, ending his article saying: "Far from slinging mud, my book has lead to a movement for reform. Congressman Polis seems more interested in covering his “assets” than coming clean."
As we noted previously, with the American public sour on Congress, and crony capitalism in general, this issue could have great resonance in the campaign this year.
The fact that Congressman Polis feels the need to get into a public spat with the author on the pages of The Denver Post shows you he knows how damaging the information can be to him.
If this keeps up we may be talking about a Congressman Weissmann by next year.