Friday, September 5, 2014

UPDATE: Lamborn skips veterans' forum

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 2:21 PM

click to enlarge Halter: He attended the veterans gig. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Halter: He attended the veterans gig.

Rep. Doug Lamborn's spokesman Jarred Rego sends this explanation for Lamborn's absence.

Relationships with veterans are built on trust and results, not theatrics. Congressman Lamborn is one of the strongest advocates for veterans and has worked hard, since his first day in office, to bring a new VA Superclinic and National VA Cemetery to our region. The new Superclinic is serving veterans every day and the National VA Cemetery is well along the path to completion.

While he was not able to personally attend this event in Castle Rock because he was out of the country, Congressman Lamborn sent a representative with years of experience on veteran's issues. He has a strong working relationship with UVC and other like-minded organizations that goes back many years.

Veterans deserve better than to have a political discourse based on misrepresentation. It is a real shame that political opponents would use an event like this to twist and distort Congressman Lamborn's record of honorable and beneficial service on the House VA Committee. The Congressman is thankful for and appreciates the support he receives from tens of thousands of veterans throughout the Fifth Congressional District.
Irv Halter, the Democratic nominee in the 5th Congressional District, is making hay over the absence last night of Rep. Doug Lamborn from the United Veterans Committee of Colorado Candidate Forum.

This event was hosted by a coalition of veteran service organizations representing over 460,000 veterans throughout Colorado, Halter says in a news release. More on that later.

But Lamborn wasn't the only one who played hookie. Here's who showed up:

Lieutenant Governor – Joe Garcia
Lieutenant Governor – Jill Repella
Attorney General – Don Quick
Secretary of State — Joe Neguse
Congressional District 2 – George Leing
Congressional District 4 – Vic Meyers
Congressional District 5 – Irv Halter
Congressional District 6 – Congressman Mike Coffman Congressional District 6 – Andrew Romanoff Congressional District 7 – Congressman Ed Perlmutter Congressional District 7 – Don Ytterberg

Which means that Quick's Republican opponent in the AG race, Cynthia Coffman, didn't plan to attend; nor did Democrat Rep. Jared Polis in District 2 and Republican Ken Buck in District 4.

In any event, Halter, a retired Air Force major general, says he was disappointed that Lamborn skipped it. The Lamborn campaign has said Lamborn couldn't make it because he was in Washington, D.C. If we hear more from him, we'll update.

Here's Halter's release:
“I am disappointed, but not surprised, that Congressman Lamborn missed this important forum. It has become a pattern for him to miss meetings that deal with our veterans. Just like he missed 60% of the VA Committee hearings this year, he has once again shown his complete disregard for our veterans. I am sure he will tell us again that he had other priorities,” said Halter. “I will always show up for our veterans. This means I will listen when they have a problem, get them help, and most importantly, I will show up in the first place.”

At the event, Halter spoke about his plan to make veterans his top priority in Congress. At a time when the number of veterans in Congress is at historic lows, Halter stressed the importance of electing more veterans to serve in Washington.

“I am here talking to you tonight because this is personal. Not only am I veteran, but the thing I cherish the most in my life is my military service and the incredible men and women with whom I was privileged to serve,” said Halter. “However, I think too many times when we talk about veterans' issues, we tend to cast our veterans as people in need or who want a handout. Veterans have earned a privileged place in our society and have earned important education, health, and economic benefits.”

“But I believe we need to focus on veterans as a great resource to our communities and economy. Today our veterans are seen as leaders because they have served their nation in difficult situations, and many have so much more to offer. So my focus in Congress will be to not only ensure the VA and other agencies deliver the services that were promised to our veterans, but I will also work with our community, particularly in the Pikes Peak region, to make sure veterans have the opportunity to get ahead in society and as a result make our communities better.”

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