On Friday night, Team Tipton critiqued Tipton’s opponent, Diane Mitsch Bush, for supporting a magazine, In These Times, once self-described as an “independent socialist newspaper.”

Mitsch Bush doesn’t deny her support of the publication, but affirmed that it’s mission was a mish-mosh of words that don’t precisely say “socialist” but, rather, define key tenets of the socialist platform.

Or, put simply, socialist in name only. Here are the charges levied against Mitsch Bush by Team Tipton in a press release:

“Mitsch Bush wasn’t just a subscriber to the magazine as she claims, she was a donor who was thanked multiple times in the pages of the socialist magazine. That’s right, she actively funded an anti-American magazine founded during the Cold War to spread socialism in the United States by a former member of the Communist Party.”

Here’s how the publication describes itself:

“…dedicated to advancing democracy and economic justice, informing movements for a more humane world, and providing an accessible forum for debate about the policies that shape our future.”

Perhaps we can call this publication a Democratic Socialist. That’s all the rage these days, right?

Either way, this was how Mitsch Bush defended her support for the publication (which, by the way, is completely out of step with the district she hopes to represent) according to Colorado Politics: “For the record, I am not a socialist, I’m a Democrat.”

And, therein lies the problem. Too often these days socialist and Democrat can be too easily confused.

Just chalk this up to yet another indication that Mitsch Bush is too far left for the West Slope.