by Chet Hardin
This thing called the Colorado Liberty Alliance wants voters to know that state Rep. Marsha Looper, who is running again for House District 19, is basically a closet liberal whose strong pro-illegal immigrant tendencies have won her the displeasure of Tom Tancredo, who has endorsed her candidacy.
Wait, that sentence didn't make sense. Let me try that again.
Rep. Looper, of District 19, is running in a primary against House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, and that race is already shaping up to be one of the nastiest in the state this year.
And now, an organization calling itself Colorado Liberty Alliance is sending out mailers, and has set up a supporting website, claiming Looper is a closet liberal whose strong pro-illegal immigrant tendencies have won her the displeasure of former gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo. The only problem is Tancredo, famous for his extreme stance on immigration, has endorsed Looper.
Liberty activist, Al Maurer writes at the blog Voice of Liberty that he received one of these fliers. He's none too happy about it:
It turns out that the Alliance is none other than Patrick Davis, Colorado Springs political consultant. The articles of incorporation list Patrick as the agent and sole director. In other words, there is no alliance, only Patrick.
We might more properly call this organization "Colorado Liberty" except that liberty, too, is missing.
Patrick, who I've never known to be associated with the Liberty movement, and who knows so little of it that he doesn't understand that immigration is not a major concern. Why would any Liberty group spend money to advocate a candidate's position on immigration issues? It has never been done.
To give Patrick his due, he's a campaign consultant. He doesn't go out creating websites and sending out flyers on his own. He is paid to do this. By who? Clearly, no one in the Colorado Liberty movement. Who might stand to gain?
At contention, apparently, is Looper's sponsorship of a 2008 bill, signed into law by then Gov. Bill Ritter, to "establish a nonimmigrant agricultural seasonal worker pilot program to expedite the seasonal worker application and approval process in compliance with the existing federal H-2A Visa certification process so that eligible workers may come to Colorado legally, safely, and in a timely manner to meet the demands of Colorado producers."
This bill, as Lynn Bartels of the Denver Post wrote last month, has become a campaign issue promoted by Stephens.