2010 Political Campaigns

Ballots drop, gloves come off

Dem Senate primary turns nasty

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The same day Colorado voters started receiving ballots in the mail, television viewers statewide were treated to a one-two punch as U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and his Democratic primary challenger, Andrew Romanoff, blasted each other for campaign fundraising from special interests and political action committees. The next day, both campaigns stepped up their attacks, each accusing the other of spreading “factually inaccurate” information as the August 10 primary approaches.

GOP?Lincoln Day dinner delivers media blast

Kerber hints at plot to destroy gov candidates

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

GLENDALE — Billed as an “evening with a national rising political star” Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, the Lincoln Day dinner sponsored by the Arapahoe County and Denver County Republican parties Friday turned into a soiree in defense of state GOP gubernatorial candidates Scott McInnis and Dan Maes, whose stars were tarnished, at least temporarily, in a storm of negative press coverage.

Romanoff posts $619,814 in 2nd Quarter fundraising totals

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Democratic Senate challenger Andrew Romanoff raised $619,814 in the 2nd Quarter, according to figures obtained by The Colorado Statesman. It’s his best fundraising quarter to date but still leaves him lagging significantly behind the incumbent, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, who reported raising almost exactly twice that amount in the quarter ending June 30.

McInnis plagiarism charges called ‘double disappointment’

GOP Guv candidate casts blame on 'research assistant'

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The man who recommended Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis for a $300,000 fellowship to sort out Colorado water issues said it was a “double disappointment” to learn Monday that McInnis stands accused of plagiarizing large sections of the articles he claimed to have written for a nonprofit foundation. And the woman who heads the foundation that funded McInnis said late Monday night that if the allegations against the former congressman prove accurate, she wants him to return the money.

Carroll, Denver Post tell McInnis to quit

Schaffer jabs fellow Republican

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Saying charges Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis plagiarized portions of articles he received more than a quarter million dollars to write rendered him unfit for office, Colorado House Speaker Terrance Carroll on Tuesday called on the former six-term congressman to withdraw from the statewide race.

GOP guv group labels reports it’s leaving Colorado ‘fiction’

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A spokesman for the national Republican Governors Association on Thursday blasted news reports the organization has decided to exit Colorado’s gubernatorial contest in response to speculation former Rep. Scott McInnis might drop out of the race in the wake of a plagiarism scandal.

DeMint backs Buck, Tancredo raises ire

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

DENVER — A visit to boost the campaign of GOP Senate contender Ken Buck by conservative darling Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, was engulfed in controversy last week after remarks made at a picnic by former Rep. Tom Tancredo calling President Obama “the greatest threat to the United States today.”

Write-in candidacy of Curry spices up race

By Marianne Goodland
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

This week, Rep. Kathleen Curry, U-Gunnison, is planning to educate voters in her district to ask them to do something they’ve never had to do before.

Morris demonizes Democrats and RINOs in Republican revival sermon

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Calling himself a former Democrat and atheist, political consultant and author Dick Morris told several hundred conservatives there’s salvation for America’s economic crisis — elect hard core Republicans to regain control of the U.S. Senate and House.

SD 6 GOP primary: A test of ‘True Grit’

Libertarian-leaning Republican Roberts vs. self-declared 'genuine conservative' Boehler

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A ranching community, Ridgway is known as the “Gateway to the San Juans” and the film location for several western classics including “True Grit” that starred conservative American hero John Wayne. More recently, the town was the site of a duel between a lawmaker and a former lawman — state Rep. Ellen Roberts and Dean Boehler — gunning for the GOP nomination in state Senate District 6.