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It's time to clean house in Washington

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Dear Editor:

After eight years warming a bench in Washington D.C., that followed years in the Colorado State House, to hear Rep. Scott Tipton's campaign attack his opponent, Diane Mitsch Bush, as a "career politician" reeks of the most rank pile of desperation.

One would think that after nearly a decade drawing pay from the taxpayers in Colorado's Third Congressional District, which he has been privileged to represent for so many years, Tipton would have some accomplishments to run on.

After all, he has drawn well over a million dollars in public pay. He has also raked in lots of out-of-state cash for this campaigns -- from Texas oil companies and the Koch Brothers among others, whose interests may not align with western Coloradans. Here we are more worried about spiking health care costs, water shortages, and protecting our great outdoors. We wonder what Mr. Tipton will do to address these issues and to support our viable economic future, not simply tag along with the anti-environmental caucus to stump for boondoggles like "oil shale."

Despite all that dark money and special interest cash propping him up, Tipton isn't telling voters what he has done. What has all that tax-funded pay Tipton has lived off of these many years as a politician brought to western Colorado? And what does Tipton plan to do to continue having we-the-people sign his checks?

All I see from the Tipton campaign are shrill and unhinged attacks. In one mailer he even calls his opponent a "socialist" for her support of a well-established magazine. Tipton comes across not as a leader but as desperate and entitled. He's spent so much time among DC-insiders and lobbyists that he has lost touch with the Western Slope. We have a remedy for that in the United States, and Tipton should not just expect to keep skating by.

It's time to clean house. We deserve to have someone in Congress who will fight for us, not just kowtow to party "leadership" and service his campaign donors. Let's bring Scott back to Colorado. I'm voting for Diane Mitsch Bush.

Pete Kolbenschlag
Paonia

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