Friday, September 01, 2006
Colorado GOP clash lingers
Fri Sep 1, 4:44 PM ET
WASHINGTON - Republican infighting persists in Colorado more than three weeks after an ugly primary, raising Democrats' hopes in a district that should be a GOP slam-dunk.
Backed by religious conservatives, state Sen. Doug Lamborn won the crowded Aug. 8 primary for an open House seat in the Colorado Springs area. Republican Rep. Joel Hefley (news, bio, voting record), a lawmaker with a penchant for unpredictability, has decided to retire after 10 terms.
The campaign was bitter. Groups backing Lamborn targeted his chief rival, Jeff Crank, a favorite of the business community and a former aide to Hefley. One mailer from the Colorado Christian Coalition accused Crank of "public support for members and efforts of the homosexual agenda."
Nearly a month later, the hard feelings linger, with Lamborn's opponents trying to draft Hefley to run as a write-in candidate.
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The Right wing Republicans trot out their sleaze factor again.
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