Let’s cut the bull crap and get down to business!

November 1, 2008

By: Melissa Keller

Coloradans have turned in their TV remotes for more useful forms of information since their local television has been taken over by negative political ads. For those watching local news, it’s difficult to decide on who their congressional representative shall be this year when all there is to see are scandals and lies displayed by both parties.

Marilyn Musgrave has been the current congressional representative for District 4 since 2002; so when first time runner Betsy Markey challenged her return to congress it was inevitable that a cat fight wasn’t too far from the picture.

It began when Musgrave noticed her district moving more and more left with each year of being in office, and now that almost 90% of newly registered voters are democrat she’ll do just about anything to keep her seat. Musgrave began this cat fight when she argued that Markey was unfit for office by releasing an ad about her firm wrongly receiving federal contracts while Markey worked for Ken Salazar. In the ad, it blatantly showed Betsy behind jail bars hinting to the idea that she’s a criminal heading straight for prison.

It was obvious that this ad in return upset many loyal democrats who weren’t afraid to fight back. In an interview with Markey, she explained that the GOP statements were “outright lies” and that she would get to the bottom of this. Markey eventually filed a complaint with the Larimer County District Attorney’s office in mid September for airing false statements about her. It is illegal for a politician to knowingly display false statements about their opponent in a political campaign.

In their first local debate on October 9th, Musgrave continued to bring up allegations of Markey’s misuse of power with her company; but when her statements didn’t have much evidence to back them up, she quickly changed her tactics towards Markey’s inconsistent responses about her ownership with the company versus when she ended it.

But trust me, it didn’t stop there.

Musgrave was soon the next to file a complaint against Markey for allegedly telling falsehoods in a recent local commercial. This particular ad misled voters to believe that Musgrave allowed lobbyists to “wine and dine” her and that the Republican candidate sponsored a bill that would have benefited her family by lowering taxes on capital gains from investments in coins and precious metals.

“Musgrave’s personal financial disclosure said her husband in 2007 had between $15,001 and $50,000 in gains from his precious metal investments. The bill Musgrave co-sponsored would have lowered their family tax liability between $2,000 and $6,500.”

Markey’s campaign spokesman, Ben Marter, reacted to the complaint by saying, “Why is Musgrave spending her time disputing an ad that has been documented and proven to be true?”

This wasn’t the first time Musgrave reacted strongly to Markey’s actions. Back in August, things got pretty chaotic when Musgrave responded to Markey’s rejection to a radio debate by making her intern dress as a duck in reference to Markey “ducking” out of the debate.

Although this campaign has been a tiring one with its misled statements about scandals and corrupt politics, it’s always nice to know that our local candidates would rather go out of their way to back stab each other instead of focusing on the real issues that America faces today. I don’t blame Coloradans for being sick of the current negative ads circulating through the news that it wouldn’t surprise me if many of them vowed to refrain from watching television altogether until the election is over, I know I have.



Filed under Colorado, Democratic Party, Media, Negative Campaigning, Republican

5 responses to “Let’s cut the bull crap and get down to business!

  1. kelly karpenske

    Called one of the 10 worst congress men:
    Musgrave has made regulating private behavior of fellow Americans the main focus of her career. As an evangelical Christian, Musgrave does not believe in the separation of church and state. She entered politics in 1990, running for her local school board on a crusade to end sex education. By the time her tenure was over, the schools taught “abstinence only” and offending passages in health textbooks had been disregarded. During her eight years in the Colorado legislature, Musgrave continued her moralizing, overcoming two vetoes by the governor to pass a state ban on gay marriage.
    Once in Congress, Musgrave introduced a constitutional amendment to outlaw gay marriage which she calls “the most important issue that we face today”. For her opposition to gay marriage — as well as her push to legalize concealed weapons — Musgrave received an endorsement from the KKK in May.
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi doesn’t consider Musgrave’s move to rewrite the nation’s founding document a laughable matter. “She is trying to taint the Constitution,” Pelosi says. “That is a violation of the oath of office.”

  2. stephenanoriega

    This is interesting in that I also wrote a blog on the Markey / Musgrave election. I criticized Markey for falling into the muck after being attacked, not just for the politics but as factor of third wave feminism. It will be great when politics can transcend the typical male-run wrestling matches and mud slinging contests. If you want to check out my blog: http://mypoliticscampaignblog.wordpress.com/2008/10/23/markey-vs-musgrave-how-women-would-change-politics-%E2%80%93-not/

  3. Sarah Popp

    Everytime Musgrave has run, it has turned into a nasty, mud-slinging, negative campaign on both sides. I know most people, myself included, are tired of political ads, and are relieved that in less than 24 hours, this election will be over.

  4. Diego Del Campo

    You know, not to belabor the point, but I find the use of the phrase “cat fight” to be just a tad sexist, and I think that describing the campaigns of these two women marred what was an otherwise great post. I still don’t know how Musgrave has held on to her seat despite her radical views.

  5. Tony Robinson


    Definitely a great post. Really enjoyed the Aspen Times article on the changing demographics of CD4. Its amazing that the district is growing by 10s of thousands and the number of registered Republicans is dropping. This is a case study of the changing demographics of the Rocky Mountain West and how they are coloring the region blue.

    There does seem to be something about Musgrave that leads to nasty, negative, culture war battles every time she is up for re-election. The last two elections have went exactly the same way…

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