U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., has announced he won't attend the State of the Union address on Tuesday, because he "does not support the policies of Barack Obama," his office said in a press release.
When several lawmakers threatened to boycott President Obama's speech last fall on jobs, House Speaker John Boehner rebuked them, saying, “He is the president of the United States, and I believe that all members ought to be here. As an institution, the president’s coming at our invitation. We ought to be respectful, and we ought to welcome him,” according to NationalJournal.com.
It's unclear whether Lamborn will be joined by others in his hidey-hole away from the speech.
Meanwhile, Lamborn on Saturday announced he will seek his fourth term. He faces a primary opponent, Robert Blaha, 57, founder of Human Capital Associates, according to the Denver Post.
Here's Lamborn's speech, in which he proclaims he will stand up for Christian values but apparently not those of any other religion:
It is an honor to serve you as your voice and as your Representative in Washington.
You know that I have been outspoken in my strong conservative beliefs. That’s what got me elected in this conservative district three times. That’s why the National Journal and others have ranked me as the most conservative member of Congress.
I am pleased to announce my candidacy again for election to the United States House of Representatives.
I promise to do what I have done before—to stand up for the conservative, Republican, and Christian values that our country was founded upon, and that made our country great.
I will continue to oppose the ruinous policies of Barack Obama. We must repeal Obamacare, stop these massive deficits, defend the Constitution, protect marriage and the family, and support national defense.
You don’t just have to take my word for it that I will do these things for you. I have hundreds, even thousands of votes where I have done just that—stood up for the values you and I believe in. Numerous conservative organizations you know and respect have endorsed me throughout the years.
Some may believe I am too outspoken and too conservative. Some have even opposed me because I’m not afraid to take a stand. Whether it’s because I’m pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-family, pro-national defense, and for cutting non-essential spending like National Public Radio for instance—not all people agree with these actions of mine.
But I believe you who are gathered here today want a strong conservative Representative, because you have the conservative backbone that makes this party great.
I have three questions for you.
Why would someone want to knock off the most conservative member of Congress?
What is it about my unquestioned strong conservative record that they have a problem with?
Who is gullible enough to put their faith in campaign promises by someone without a voting record, compared to a proven Reagan conservative like me who doesn’t just talk the talk, but walks the walk?
To conclude, I humbly and sincerely ask for your support during this campaign. I ask for your vote at the 5th C.D. assembly on April 13, for your vote at the Republican primary on June 26, and, God willing, for your vote on November 6.
Thank you, and God bless America.
The Gazette reported on Sunday that Lamborn said he didn't understand how he earned a primary in 2012. Suggestion: Start with your highly controversial analogizing of Obama to a tar baby.