by Chet Hardin
Denver Post is too liberal, eh?
Would a liberal paper write this endorsement?
Congressman Doug Lamborn regularly ranks as among the most conservative members of Congress and is an ardent supporter of limited government, with the notable exception of national defense.
While we regularly disagree with his stances, residents of Colorado's reliably Republican 5th Congressional District have repeatedly rewarded Lamborn for his views. They should do so again this year, electing the Colorado Springs Republican to a fourth term.
It's a surprising endorsement, certainly, and all more surprising to Dave Anderson. When asked by the Indy, Anderson says he wasn't contacted by the Post for a pre-endorsement interview; in fact, he says, no one from that paper has ever spoken to him about his campaign.
"I am surprised that the Post would do something without even making the effort to contact me," Anderson says.
Anderson is running against Lamborn in the 5th CD as an independent, and not only did the Post not explain why it felt Lamborn would do better than Anderson, the paper's endorsement didn't even mention him. Instead, it included this throw-away line: "[Lamborn] has no Democratic opponent on Nov. 6 and instead will appear on the ballot alongside several minor-party candidates."
True, Lamborn is not facing a Democrat, instead squaring off against the likes of Anderson, libertarian Doug Pyrtle and the Green Party's Misha Luzov. But Anderson has actually pulled together significant funding for the race; at last count, Anderson had raised $164,488 (though $100,000 of that was his own dough).
Further, Anderson has attracted the support of a number of prominent Democrats, including former Springs mayoral candidate Richard Skorman and former candidate for U.S. Senate Andrew Romanoff.
The endorsements page of his website includes other well-known people, many from the business community, including construction stalwart and philanthropist Chuck Murphy and former EDC CEO Mike Kazmierski.
Beyond the fact that the Post's editorial staff seems to have exerted as little effort possible in investigating this race, the reasoning behind their endorsement seems to boil down to this baffling statement: "There are certain districts that are at the extremes of the political spectrum, and Colorado's conservative 5th, which is centered in Colorado Springs, is a counterbalance to the Denver-based 1st CD."