Friday, January 29, 2010

Norton: I've not been a lobbyist

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 8:31 AM

It's only been a couple weeks since former Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, the GOP's frontrunner in this year's U.S. Senate race, got national attention her outreach efforts to the tea-party crowd, delivering the anti-Obama zinger that "the rights of terrorists are more important in this administration than the lives of American citizens." (You can find more about that here.) She subsequently banned a Democratic Party tracker from recording her events, according to this blog.

That may stop some negative stories, but Democratic opposition researchers swung into high gear again this week after Norton, speaking Jan. 26 on Richard Randall's local KVOR-AM radio program, responded to a viewer's question about her past work as a lobbyist with the assertion, "I've not been a lobbyist." (You can hear the program here; fast forward to minute 48 for the relevant part.)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee points out that Norton's work in the '90s for the Medical Group Management Association in Englewood — she headed the offices of state government relations and strategic relationships, according to a bio posted on her campaign Web site — sounds a whole lot like lobbying, and a policy statement on MGMA's Web site announces: "You can take charge of advocacy through our grassroots lobbying efforts."

Norton's campaign spokesperson could not be reached Thursday afternoon for comment.

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