Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lamborn plays hard to get

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Over the summer, rumors swirled around the possibility that four-term 5th District Congressman Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, might not seek a fifth term.

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The rumors were partly based on the observation that he hadn't raised much campaign money for the 2014 election. At least, not at that point. According to opensecrets.org, he has now raised nearly $122,000 and spent $102,413.

Meantime, Irv Halter, a retired Air Force general who's seeking the Democratic nomination in the 5th, has raised $121,000 and spent $37,857, opensecrets.org reports.

Another tidbit was speculation that Lamborn might give up on politics to help his wife recover from an accident, an incident confirmed by Lamborn's communications director Catherine Mortensen.

So, like any self-respecting dirt digger, we asked. First, we turned to Mortensen, Lamborn's communications director, who also handles campaign matters. But she referred us to Justin Johnson, deputy chief of staff and military legislative assistant.

We asked Johnson: "Will he seek re-election?" 

Johnson's e-mailed response: "I can confirm for you that Congressman Lamborn is not considering retiring. I can't get you anything more than that at the moment because he is on a plane to Colorado."

That was on July 25.

When the rumors again surfaced in recent days, this time with a couple of names as possible substitute candidates for Lamborn, we decided to take another run at it.

So, again, we contacted Mortensen. At first, she said via e-mail she'd have to check "to see what he put out a few months ago."

About a half-hour later, she sent us this message: "Congressman Lamborn is looking forward to making an announcement about his intentions at a later time."

Does this sound like what you'd expect from an incumbent?

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