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Immigration issue splits delegation Republicans in Colorado’s congressional delegation insist on border security first BY PETER MARCUS THE COLORADO STATESMAN Hudson: July 4 should illuminate America’s realities — Page 2

Teegarden: Looking at July 4 during the Civil War — Page 5

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A coalition of Democrats, immigrant rights supporters and business leaders are calling on the four Republican members of the Colorado House congressional delegation to buck politics and support a comprehensive immigration reform package that includes a path to citizenship. But the Republicans seem unwilling to budge, saying they will not support U.S. Senate legislation that passed on June 27 by a vote of 68-32. The measure passed the Senate with the support of all Democrats and 14 Republicans. Despite a compromise that included conferring legal status on millions of undocumented Above left, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kelly Brough voices her support for the immiimmigrants while strengthgration reform bill. Above right, former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar implies that since he’s back in civilian Continued on Page 18

clothes, he can speak his mind more freely than U.S. Senators Mark Udall, left, and Michael Bennet, right. PHOTOS

At the state Capitol: guns and poses

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Morse, Giron recall petitions ruled valid BY PETER MARCUS THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is welcomed home to Denver — Page 11

Ryan Tuleja organizes an act of civil disobedience on July 1 at the state Capitol at which gun rights supporters transfer illegal high-capacity ammunition magazines to one another. Monday was the day when two gun bills in Colorado — one specifically banning high capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds, and a second one requiring universal background checks — went into effect. PHOTO

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The Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday denied a protest challenging the validity of signatures gathered by proponents of an effort to recall Democratic Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs, setting up a battle in district court. Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert also ruled on a surprise motion brought by Democratic attorney Mark Grueskin calling for the secretary’s office to recuse itself from a separate hearing challenging signatures gathered by proponents of an effort to recall Democratic Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo.

Neither decision came as a surprise to Democrats in El Paso and Pueblo counties, who are supporting the two lawmakers. They immediately alleged a bias by Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s office. Both Giron and Morse are facing recalls after they supported a package of gun control measures in the legislature this year, which banned high-capacity ammunition magazines of more than 15 rounds and required universal background checks and fees. Proponents seeking to recall Morse — El Paso Freedom Defense Committee — submitted 16,198 petition signatures. The secretary’s Continued on Page 2

Waller, Coffman officially in AG’s race ‘Campaign for Rep. Waller to resign House leadership post BY PETER MARCUS THE COLORADO STATESMAN

House Minority Leader Mark Waller on Monday brought to a close perhaps the worst kept political secret of the year — whether he State Rep. Mark Waller would run for attorney general in 2014. The Colorado Springs Republican joined with his family, friends and supporters at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver to announce that he would in fact run for the office. In a news advisory last week, Waller said only that he

would be making an “exciting” announcement. But the local political world knew what that announcement would be. “I’m not just a legislator running for office, I’m a Dep. AG Cynthia Coffman regular guy running for office…” Waller said in announcing his candidacy. “And because I’m not just a legislator running for office, I have been a regular guy over the years… I know that all of those qualities that I’ve gained over

Kids’ off to good fundraising start

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BY MARIANNE GOODLAND THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Organizers of the campaign for a ballot measure that will ask voters to okay a nearly $1 billion tax increase are off to a strong start, reporting more than $342,000 in their first campaign finance report. The biggest donation to Colorado Commits to Kids, reported to the Secretary of State on July 1, was a $250,000 cash contribution from the


PAGE 2 ★ THE COLORADO STATESMAN ★ JULY 5, 2013 “I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world.” — Eugene V. Debs

HUDSON: TIMES HAVE CHANGED

July 4th fireworks should illuminate rather than obscure American realities C

olorado Day may fall on August 1st each year, but July 4th always serves as a reminder that we are the Centennial State, admitted to the union a century after the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia. In 1776 Lewis and Clark had not yet undertaken their trek from MILLER HUDSON St. Louis to the CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST mouth of the Columbia, crossing the Rockies somewhere in Wyoming, and Colorado was familiar only to its Native American tribes and a handful of French-Canadian trappers and other mountain men. The southern third of our state was still under Spanish colonial rule emanating from Santa Fe and Mexico City. Fremont, the American explorer, would be arrested for trespassing near Salida in 1803 by Spanish troops and thrown into jail along with his scouting party until their release could be negotiated from Washington. It was the discovery of gold that would lead Coloradans to statehood. Two-hundred thirty-seven years into the American experiment with democracy, July 4th is no longer so much an observance of our rebellion against British overseers as it is a celebration of the freedom and prosperity that have blessed our nation following the Civil War. Although England remained an Imperial thug well into the middle of the 20th century, we twice rushed to its rescue during the First and Second World Wars. The Brits were, after all, family. On July 4, 2013, and generally acknowledged as the only remaining superpower, the United States now also serves as the world’s policeman, expected to rush into harm’s way wher-

ever and whenever civil discontents spill over into bloodshed. This has proven a thankless assignment that ignores George Washington’s warning against the dangers of “entangling alliances.” The Romans were able to shoulder a similar responsibility for nearly 400 years in an age when simple, brute force was the currency of power. Still, the economic toll eventually exceeded the Empire’s capacity to support its legions at a time when pretty much everyone in the world sent their taxes to Rome. Americans, almost alone, seem expected to pay the freight for maintaining world order today. These costs are creating cracks in our prosperity that both Democratic and Republican political leaders are failing to discuss. Poverty is spreading across our country, and throughout Colorado as well. Today, one in three American families are attempting to raise children on incomes that cannot cover the basics of food, energy and shelter. Globalism and a recovering economy are funneling ever more wealth to those at the top of the corporate food chain where CEOs now earn 272 times the wages of workers. Capitalism is working fine for them; it just isn’t working for most of us. Our middle class is falling through the cracks, because we choose to ignore the cracks. Assurances that maybe next week, or next month, or next year things will get better ring hollow as paychecks continue to shrink. Changing times demand reconsidered public policies and, in turn, require ever evolving personal assets. When Colorado was a frontier territory based on a resource extraction economy, it paid off to be large, muscular and reckless. Education wasn’t particularly important, although settlers were quick to throw up oneroom schoolhouses. Digging for gold at

11,000 feet, homesteading on the Eastern plains or leading wagon trains through Indian Territory were not tasks for the weak or faint of heart. Homesteading in the 21st century has been replaced with the need for a college education that prepares the next generation to establish their own beachheads in a technologically driven economy. Yet, in Colorado, we have allowed our support of higher education to plunge to 48th in the nation, denying many of our kids access to the economic passport required in a global economy. Thousands of our young people, who must grow our economy during the decades ahead, face the future beneath a mountain of debt. That’s stupid public policy. Baby boomers reached their maturity during a period of American plenty. Their children will properly resent it if their parents allow this prosperity to wither from neglect and greed. We too often lose sight of the fact that the U. S. Constitution was drafted as a replacement for the Articles of Confederation in order to guarantee that American government was strong enough to collect the taxes needed to meet its responsibilities. It was the freedom to tax, not freedom from taxes, which was enshrined in this new document. Yammering about our personal rights ignores our individual obligations. Ours intentionally remains a shared political destiny. The ‘rockets red glare’ should always throw light on injustice, inequality and fairness. We can ponder that as we enjoy our hot dogs, beer and corn-on-the-cob.

office accepted 10,137 of the signatures. The campaign needed only 7,178. Proponents of ousting Giron — Pueblo Freedom and Rights — submitted 13,466 signatures. Only 818 were rejected; they needed 11,285. But Grueskin, representing supporters of both Morse and Giron in separate hearings, filed challenges with the secretary of state’s office suggesting that the state constitution requires petitions drafted to expressly include a demand for the election of a successor to the recalled official. The recall election must be two-part.

First it would include a “yes” or “no” question on whether to recall the legislator. Then it would contain a list of replacement candidates. The protests in both cases point out that the petitions did not state a requirement of a successor. Much of the challenge in both instances relies on a 2002 Colorado Court of Appeals case, Combs v. Nowak, in which the appellate court invalidated signatures seeking to recall two Central City aldermen and the mayor. In the case, a citizen filed a similar protest that the recall committee failed to include a demand for “an election of

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the successor…” It was argued that the demand was required per Article 21, Section 1 of the Colorado Constitution, and the court agreed. But despite the precedent, Staiert issued a written order late Wednesday ruling that the “Morse recall petition format meets all constitutional and statutory requirements.” “The petition format laws must be liberally construed in favor of allowing the recall exercise,” she wrote. “And representatives substantially complied with the law even if the constitution and election code are interpreted to require the statement demanding the election of a successor.” Recall proponents in Morse’s district celebrated the decision, suggesting that it was a significant win. “Today is a victory, not only for more than 10,000 constituents of John Morse’s district who signed up to hold him accountable, but for more than 50,000 Coloradans who signed recall petitions across the state of Colorado,” Jennifer Kerns, spokeswoman for the Morse recall campaign, said in a statement. If the recalls of either Morse or Giron actually make a ballot, it would be the first time in Colorado history that a sitting state lawmaker faces an actual recall election. “Against all odds, regular citizens came forward and did something that no other group had done in 137 years of Colorado state history, and they delivered above and beyond the number of signatures needed to commence the recall process,” continued Kerns. “The people of Colorado knew darn well Continued on Page 4

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PAGE 4 ★ THE COLORADO STATESMAN ★ JULY 5, 2013 “The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.” — Thomas Paine

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time… will serve me very well as Colorado’s next attorney general.” Waller has always portrayed himself as an ordinary citizen who happens to be a legislator. He was a regular presence during the legislative session at Prohibition, a bar near the Capitol where many lobbyists and politicos frequent for happy hour. Waller was often seen talking about a range of topics that did not always have to do with legislative matters, such as baseball and music. He loves the Chicago Cubs and he says his favorite band is a tossup between R.E.M. and the Counting Crows. To further the point that he is not Colorado’s average politician, Waller brought in from Atlanta his good friend Chris Gray, who served with him in the Air Force. Gray said that when he met Capt. Waller, he immediately saw a natural leader. “Usually it takes about eight to 10 months to settle into a reserve unit and get the training on operating these lowflying, fast-moving satellites. But Mark’s impact on the unit was immediate,” attested Gray. “It was in large part because of his personality and his intangible skills.” A host of powerful Republicans have already endorsed Waller, despite his formidable competition in the race. Waller is expected to face off in a primary against Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, the wife of Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora. The candidates are vying to replace Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who is term limited. Attending Waller’s announcement were Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango, Reps. Bob Gardner of Colorado Springs, Don Coram of Montrose, Dan Nordberg of Colorado Springs, Lois Landgraf of Fountain, El Paso and Teller counties District Attorney Dan May, former Rep. Keith Swerdfeger of Pueblo West and El Paso County Republican Party Vice Chair Sandra Bankes. Also in attendance was Colorado Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call. The state party typically does not back candidates in primary races. Call said he was there only in presence, and that he tries to attend as many campaign announcements as possible. Cynthia Coffman did not have an event surrounding her announcement. “The decision on who the nominee will become is always up to the Republican voters,” said Call. Waller’s family also surrounded him, including his wife, Jennifer, and his two children, Truman and Camille. The kids led the “Pledge of Allegiance” at the beginning of the event. Much of Waller’s announcement revolved around his family. He cited his

wife as a major driving force in his life, saying she is, “the glue that holds Team Waller together.” He recalled how he became involved in law in the first place, which started with a drive to work when he and his wife were “young captains” in the Air Force stationed in California. About 25 minutes into the 45-minute drive, Waller realized he had forgotten his line badge, a necessary credential to get into the facility. After throwing a bit of a tantrum, which Waller described as “flipping out,” he got to the base “frustrated and disappointed.” But then he had what he referred to as a “Paul on the road to Damascus sort of experience.” “God struck me down off of my Isuzu Rodeo donkey and had a talk with me right then and there,” joked Waller. It was at a four-way stop that Waller spotted one of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps officers, or JAG Corps, one of the Air Force attorneys. “And at that moment in time I realized I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing with my life, and that’s why I was frustrated, and that’s why I was upset,” recalled Waller. “I wasn’t being fulfilled to my full potential as a person. And I realized in that moment right then and there that I was supposed to stop what I was doing in the military and I was supposed to go to law school. “Everything we did from that moment on was to prepare for this moment today,” Waller continued. He pointed to several accomplishments, including passing legislation that created a per se limit for driving under the influence of marijuana in Colorado. Waller also remains concerned with the 7 percent unemployment rate in the state, calling it “unacceptable.” He said he would use his voice as attorney general to work with state agencies to ensure the best regulatory environment to allow businesses to thrive. Waller also would defend the state against overreach by the federal government, he said. His supporters seem to agree that Waller’s preparation has paved the way for the Attorney General’s Office. “Mark Waller is the right man to replace John Suthers as our next attorney general in Colorado,” opined May. “He is a dedicated public servant… A lot of us talk about swearing to uphold our constitution and fighting for it. Mark has literally done that.” “It is his personality and his natural leadership abilities that have shown through in the several years that I have known him in the legislature…” added Roberts. “As attorney general you’re

representing the entire state… and I am confident that Mark Waller will do that.” “We need someone who understands both the law and justice, and as we stand here in front of the DU law library I’m reminded that justice ultimately is not written in the books in the library behind me, but rather, justice must be written and rewritten daily in the hearts of our citizens and especially of our leaders… and this is what I have come to know about my friend Mark Waller,” remarked Gardner. Waller plans to resign his House leadership post to make way for his run for statewide office. He is expected to resign on July 11 when Republicans select their next House leader. Rep. Brian DelGrosso of Loveland is expected to earn the nod from his colleagues to take over as House minority leader.

drought increasingly becomes more of a problem. She also believes Colorado should be protected from the federal government overstepping its authority. Coffman was also outraged when Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, would not sign the order to execute convicted killer Nathan Dunlap. “The integrity of our criminal justice system has been diminished by a flawed corrections system and unenforced death penalty,” she said. “I will champion our district attorneys and law enforcement officials as they defend Colorado’s public safety. “There is a lot of work to be done and I am ready to step in and run the Attorney General’s Office on my first day in office,” Coffman continued. “I look forward to protecting Coloradans, from the classroom to the courtroom, from the family room to the boardroom.”

Don Quick, the Democrat Cynthia Coffman But Waller must first earn the nomination of his party to run for attorney general, and to do that he must take on Coffman, who has vast experience in the public law sector. Last year she was voted best public sector lawyer by the weekly newspaper Law Week Colorado. She has spent nearly her entire career in public policy. She first worked for the attorney general of Georgia, and then moved to Colorado in 1997, landing a job with Colorado Legislative Council. She went on to work for the Department of Public Health and Environment as director of legal and regulatory affairs before being promoted to deputy executive director of the department. In 2004, Coffman served as chief legal counsel for then-Gov. Bill Owens, a Republican, before being tapped by Suthers for deputy attorney general, where she has worked since 2005. Similar to Waller’s announcement, Coffman outlined her dedication to law, separating herself from a world of politics. But unlike Waller, Coffman actually is not a politician. This is her first race for public office. “I have made a career of public service,” Coffman said in her campaign announcement on June 12. “The majority of my 22 years of law practice have been spent as a government attorney. I am a lawyer at heart, not a politician. “In fact, I’ve never run for elected office before,” she continued. “I want to be attorney general because I am committed to serving Colorado as the state’s top lawyer and law enforcement official.” She said her focus would be on rural Colorado, protecting water rights, as

Whichever Republican wins the primary, they will likely face off against former Adams County District Attorney Don Quick, the only Democrat to have announced a campaign. At his campaign announcement at the Capitol on May 6, perhaps the state’s best-known Democrat, former Interior Secretary and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, endorsed Quick. Quick has placed a focus on his work with juvenile justice, pointing to a 44 percent drop in juvenile crime in Adams County. Most violent crimes by juveniles dropped by 92 percent from eight years ago, he said. Quick also would focus on environmental law, working to balance protecting state interests with a sustainable approach to climate change. He believes environmental crimes should be a priority. “We live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, and I want to make sure that’s available not just for my kids, but for my grandkids,” stated Quick. He said he had been contemplating running for attorney general for some time, but that the timing wasn’t right in the past. He believes he is now in a good position to run for office. “What I had asked myself is, ‘What do you want to do with the office?’” Quick explained. “Whether you can win the office or not, I don’t think that’s what you should be asking yourself. But if you’re going to do a year-and-ahalf statewide campaign, what’s at the end of that? “For me, it was trying at the state level to do some of the things that we’ve done in Adams County,” he added. — Peter@coloradostatesman.com

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what they were signing; they want to recall the elected officials who are drastically out of touch with their constituents.” Grueskin — regarded as one of Colorado’s brightest attorneys — acknowledged that he was not surprised by the decision. But he certainly expressed disappointment. He said he will absolutely file a challenge in Denver District Court where he expects the decision to be different, as the court would likely rely on the precedent set at the appellate level. “The only difference between the two petitions was the name of the recall official and the particular reason those officials were being subject to recall. But other than that, they were exactly the same document,” remarked Grueskin. “And so I am still struggling to understand why an appellate court opinion can be so easily brushed off. A district court is going to look more

carefully at that kind of precedent.” Christy Le Lait, executive director of the El Paso County Democratic Party who is also leading efforts for A Whole Lot of People for John Morse — attacked Gessler’s office for the decision, suggesting that his partisan, conservative politics played a role. “We didn’t expect that Scott Gessler can separate the partisanship from his job,” lamented Le Lait. “We have to get it away from the secretary of state who is obviously looking out for his party and not looking at the legal aspect of it, and hopefully a district court will,” she continued.

Motion for recusal Gessler’s involvement came up directly Wednesday when Grueskin filed a motion asking for Gessler’s office to recuse itself from the hearing involving Giron after the secretary of state had traveled to Pueblo in March to speak with GOP officials on the

recall process there. The Pueblo Chieftain reported the story. Gessler was quoted as saying, “A recall election is brutal so you need to get all your ducks in a row. You don’t want to wait until the clock’s started to get organized.” According to the report, Gessler spoke to about 100 local Republicans and offered a briefing on how to recall Giron. Grueskin said it “looks bad” for the secretary to have offered advice on a recall election that his office ultimately has to offer an unbiased opinion on. “He in essence coached the proponents and the Republican Party…” Grueskin argued during the very short Giron hearing. “It’s better to find someone who is totally independent of his office.” But Staiert disagreed, stating in her written decision, “There is no appearance of impropriety here because the Deputy Secretary of State, not the Secretary of State, is the hearing officer

in this matter. “As the hearing officer in this matter, I have not had any conversations with the Secretary of State regarding this protest or this hearing,” she wrote. “Further, I did not attend, nor does the Protestor allege that I attended, the event at the heart of Protestor’s motion. As such, I find that there is no appearance of impropriety with regard to me or my ability to adjudicate this matter without bias.” Grueskin said he takes Staiert at her word that she did not discuss the protest with Gessler. But he said a court might not find that to be so significant. “Given everything else that obviously ties them together, any other reasonable third person would look at that and go, ‘How am I supposed to trust that those conversations haven’t happened?’” remarked Grueskin. “It’s just a different standard. I’m not alleging that she’s biased. I’m alleging Continued on Page 17


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that the way people might look at this would lead them to doubt the distance between the secretary and her.” The protest in the Giron recall is virtually identical to the Morse challenge, and so it is expected that the decision in that case will be similar to the ruling in the Morse matter. The secretary’s office was not immediately clear on Wednesday when that decision might be delivered. Barring additional challenges, Gov. John Hickenlooper must set an election date between 45-75 days from the end of the protest period. But with the cases expected to land in district court, that election date would be delayed. Recall proponents allege that Democrats are simply stalling to push the recall to the November general election when there would be greater turnout. Proponents believe it is time to let the election proceed. “Now that this frivolous legal challenge has been deemed meritless, we call upon Sen. Morse to drop all further challenges to this recall, which is a fundamental right of Coloradans,” said Kerns. “Any further legal challenge will be yet another attempt to delay and deny justice to his own constituents. The people have spoken. It’s time for Sen. Morse to face his fate at the ballot box.”

Allegations of fraud Meanwhile, Morse’s supporters continue to allege fraud. Last week the campaign to save Morse accused proponents of forging at least 50 petition signatures. They said this week that the number grew to about 2,100. But it wasn’t enough to invalidate the election. One example was of a man who has not lived in Colorado for over a year; another involved an elderly woman who says she did not sign the petition; and a third example included a woman who died two years ago. Morse’s supporters would not provide details on most of the forged signatures, including last names. Le Lait said the campaign will turn the evidence over to the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office, run by Republican District Attorney Dan May. “I hope that they pursue it,” she said. “The forgeries that we saw were

so blatant that people should be outraged by that.” Le Lait’s group also tried to convince voters to remove their signatures from the petition, but they only received about 200 voters willing to do so.

‘A grammy who writes erotic romance’

ence as a candidate could result in a black eye for the Republican Party in El Paso County and all of Colorado. “One of the candidates — who if chosen — would make our recall effort the butt of jokes nationally and fodder for late-night comedians,” wrote Paradis. Bubis The Statesman: “Ten years ago, as a stay-at-home mother who was helping to contribute to support our family, I took creative writing classes. One project that resulted from those creative writing classes was a fiction romance novel. The novel had very limited publication (less than 50 copies) and I took it off the market as soon as I contractually could, which was around eight years ago.”

In yet another bizarre twist to the epic recall saga of 2013, one of the Republican candidates vying to replace Morse was revealed as an author of erotic novels. Jaxine Bubis, a small business owner who is backed by Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and other conservatives with ties to the religious right, wrote under the pen name “Jaxine Daniels.” She hile describing yourself as a describes herself in her book ‘grammy who writes erotic “Beantown romance’ is weird; once you start reading Heat” as “a Jaxine’s book, you realize she’s actually grammy who writes erotic a pornographic writer.” — Paul Paradis romance.” The odd revelation was Her opponent is retired Navy and leaked by Paul Paradis, a well-known Air Force officer and former Colorado El Paso County Republican leader Springs City Councilman Bernie whose name was on the recall of Morse Herpin. He is also past president of the as part of the committee that recalled Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition. him. Paradis is also the owner of ParaBoth candidates agreed to allow a dise Gun Sales in Colorado Springs. vacancy committee of the El Paso “Many people worked on this recall, County Republican Party choose one it is a historical event, I am worried candidate to represent Senate District about the effort being derailed not 11 in a recall election. Local party offibecause of what many have done, but cials in the district would vote on a how we may be viewed in the future,” candidate. The candidate receiving the wrote Paradis in an e-mail. most votes would receive the endorse“While describing yourself as a ment. ‘grammy who writes erotic romance’ is Herpin said he hasn’t given too weird; once you start reading Jaxine’s much thought to Bubis the romance book, you realize she’s actually a pornographic writer. The Colorado Statesman obtained a copy of the book. Her Amazon.com author page clearly includes a photo that matches that of Jaxine Bubis, the candidate vying to replace Morse. The book — published by eXtasy Books — contains extremely explicit and graphic scenes depicting raunchy sex and other romantic encounters that The Statesman has decided not to publish. Paradis is concerned that her pres-

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author, stating that he is simply focused on his campaign and ousting Morse. But he did acknowledge that if Bubis earns the nomination, it could be problematic to recalling Morse. “I think it hurts the party for that to come out,” he said. “If she becomes the candidate, then Democrats are certainly going to use that against us.” Bubis’ supporters include some highprofile conservatives, including Sens. Ted Harvey of Highlands Ranch, Kent Lambert of Colorado Springs, Owen Hill of Colorado Springs, Vicki Marble of Fort Collins, and Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud, and Reps. Janak Joshi of Colorado Springs, Chris Holbert of Parker, Justin Everett of Littleton, and Steve Humphrey of Severance. Former Sen. Dave Schultheis of Colorado Springs also endorsed her. Lambert said he was not immediately pulling back his endorsement, but he said he was going to look into the controversy a bit more. “I’m most interested in how she’s going to vote; how she’s going to conduct her life from here on…” said Lambert. “Do you want to make a political issue out of everybody’s conduct? And I would say nobody has a corner on the market for scandalous behavior.” The senator joked, “What do I know about romance novels other than the pattern that there’s probably a lot of boring dialogue punctuated by a few titillating elements of it.” He believes Bubis is being dragged through the mud for political gain: “Obviously somebody is going out of their way to do what seems to be the pattern, and that’s to find something in somebody’s past and then… make a scandal out of it.” — Peter@coloradostatesman.com


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