by Chet Hardin
Well, well, what do we have here? A big-government Tea Party hero? Looks like.
According to Colorado Pols, Colorado's own Republican freshman U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (pictured right) spent more money on staff than any other freshman Congressman in the nation.
The supposedly small-government champion rang in at $243,431 in staff expenses for the first quarter of 2011. He was followed closely by Republican Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina at $232,101 and Republican Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida at $220,819. Coming in fourth, we have our first Democrat to make the Top 10 list with Rep. Terry Sewall of Alabama, at $220,032.
Worse, by far, according to Colorado Pols, Tipton outspent his predecessor in the 3rd CD, Democrat John Salazar, by $90,418.
Tipton has gotten bad press lately for nitpicking at budget items, and he campaigned in 2010 as a fiscal reformer; he famously pledged to cut the federal budget in half, a laughable assertion but one that nonetheless he tried to fit into his "smaller government" image.
How Tipton will continue to perpetrate his "smaller government" image despite his big spending ways will be vital to his re-election chances in 2012. We're guessing that "Spendy" Scott Tipton isn't the kind of moniker he'll be looking for.
We can only imagine the glee in the camp of state House Minority Leader Sal Pace of Pueblo, who announced last week that he would be taking a shot at unseating Tipton in the 2012 election cycle.