by Chet Hardin
There is no reason to take political advertising seriously.
Last month, the Denver Post investigated an ad by the campaign of Congressman Doug Lamborn, finding that it "leans deceptive." One of the deceptive claims in the ad is that Lamborn's opponent, businessman Robert Blaha, failed to file annual business reports with the state 26 times.
Why bring this up again?
Something that hasn't been mentioned yet is that, according to the Colorado Secretary of State's office, Lamborn's legal practice also failed to file annual business reports back in 2005 and 2007. And in 2008, after being delinquent for more than 400 days, the SOS changed the corporation's name to: "DOUGLAS L. LAMBORN, P.C., Delinquent June 1, 2007."
Now this isn't that big of a deal. Remember what the SOS' press secretary told the Post: “If you’re delinquent, it doesn’t necessarily mean anything. You register a business and a year later you have to file an annual report stating you’re still a business.”
You certainly would have thought, from the Lamborn ad, that Blaha's delinquencies were a grievous offense, but they weren't. They were no more grievous than Lamborn's delinquencies. It is amusing, however (if you find this kind of thing amusing), that the Lamborn campaign would take these failures to file and exaggerate them into this condemnation of Blaha's character, all while the same could be said about Lamborn.
The Lamborn campaign has not yet commented, but we will update if they do.