by Chet Hardin
When is an endorsement not an endorsement? When it didn't happen.
Matt Arnold, of Clear the Bench, and Brian Davidson, an anesthesiologist, are running in the Republican primary for the University of Colorado at-large regent seat.
Races for the board of regents are usually pretty low key, but not this year, which became obvious during a run of bad press for Arnold.
Now, in these last few days before the June 26 primary date, the Arnold campaign has taken issue with an ad running in the Denver media.
In the ad, paid for by the 527 Coloradans for a Better Future, a narrator gushes over Davidson's conservative cred, reading off a list of notables who are apparently supporting him. It's a long list, so good for him. Except one of those Republican stalwarts named, former U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck, has not endorsed Davidson.
So how could it be that a 527 — organizations known for their respect for the truth — could come by such an erroneous piece of info?
From Davidson, it seems.
Yet this is a tricky one, because on Davidson's website, the Buck endorsement isn't listed; however, on Davidson's mobile website (which you need a mobile device to view), it is.
Why would the endorsement be on the mobile version of his site, but not the regular version? Dunno. And we have a request in to Davidson for an explanation.
The Arnold campaign has done research into Coloradans for a Better Future, which hit the scene back in 2009, and got some attention for its involvement with the 2010 elections.
From an Arnold press release:
The independent campaign finance reporting group “Follow the Money” listed the group as having supported Democrat state senator John Morse in 2010 but the truth is stranger than fiction: the group is actually a political “guns for hire” organization that is associated with the supporters of the Referendum C "TABOR timeout" tax hike and the HB1365 “cap and tax” energy tax bill.
Here's the ad:
And read the Arnold campaign's press release after the jump.
Denver airwaves have been recently slammed with a slew of ads attacking Matt Arnold for CU Regent — ads which most listeners have characterized as “scummy” and “over-the-top” negative.
The ads lie about former U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck endorsing my opponent — and pile on other lies (the most amusing of which is calling Matt Arnold the “Establishment” candidate).
These ads were produced, bought and paid for by a mysterious special-interest 527 political group calling itself “Coloradans for a Better Future.”
The independent campaign finance reporting group “Follow the Money” listed the group as having supported Democrat state senator John Morse in 2010 (http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/iespender.phtml?ie=7758)
but the truth is stranger than fiction: the group is actually a political “guns for hire” organization that is associated with the supporters of the Referendum C "TABOR timeout" tax hike and the HB1365 “cap and tax” energy tax bill.
More mysterious yet: the identity of those behind the current campaign attacking Matt Arnold.
Who or what is the “Colorado Justice Alliance” that spent $20,000 to hire “Coloradans for a Better Future” to attack Matt Arnold?
Is it a trial lawyers group, seeking revenge for Matt Arnold’s leadership of the judicial accountability organization Clear The Bench Colorado?
Is it the big-money backers of subsidizing college tuition for illegals, knowing Matt Arnold’s principled opposition to that initiative? (Interestingly, support for that initiative mirrors support for Matt Arnold’s primary opponent at the Republican State Convention, with an identical vote of 46% to 54%).
(See: Colorado State Convention Resolutions Results, Resolution 46)
Or is it another special-interest group entirely, fearing a truly independent voice on the CU Board?
Who are these special-interest group attackers?