by Chet Hardin
The campaign for Robert Blaha, the businessman who is challenging U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn in the upcoming Republican primary for the 5th Congressional District seat, is none too happy about a recent campaign ad.
From a message directed at Lamborn:
We are writing to urge you to take down the undignified and false attacks on Robert Blaha and his extensive business record. Of particular outrage to all of us is your attack on Integrity Bank and Trust, which your campaign commercial described as one of the “worst in the region”. The advertisement leveled against the bank shows mean-spiritedness and indifference to the challenges that businesses are facing in these difficult economic times.
A campaign ad that trades in undignified and false attacks? I'm speechless. I'm without words.
The Blaha campaign even started a petition, urging Lamborn to take down the ad. You can be among the other hundred-plus people to sign it, here.
According to the Denver Post, the ad features accusations that are not quite true. The Post dissects the two claims in Lamborn's ad: “Eight of his businesses ruled delinquent by Colorado for failure to file an annual business report 26 times,” and “The bank Blaha co-founded ranked among the worst in the region, fined by the FDIC.”
What the paper found?
"We are giving this campaign ad a 'leans deceptive' rating for its misuse of data and playing with semantics."
Read its analysis, here.