Friday, June 15, 2018

CD5 race turns ugly with "dumb and dumber" flier

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 12:53 AM

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The race for the Republican nomination in the 5th Congressional District June 26 primary is heating up with State Sen. Owen Hill sending out fliers that needle two of his opponents as "counterfeit conservatives" and "swamp things."

Those labels, the fliers say, apply to El Paso County Commission President Darryl Glenn and U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, who's seeking his seventh term in office.

The "swamp things" flier is a four-pager with detailed allegations, which are foot-noted with sourcing in congressional records, campaign finance reports and news articles.

For example, the flier alleges Lamborn "perfectly times stock buy in NetApp — just one day before the firm is awarded a major Department of Defense contract." The source is Lamborn's periodic transaction report of Sept. 26, 2013, and USAspending.gov. The contract was for $680,021 for work at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. But Lamborn bought and sold NetApp stock throughout the year in 2013, according to opensecrets.org, activity that included 18 purchases and 22 sales, including one on Sept. 11 for a value ranging from $15,001 to $50,000. The contract was awarded on Sept. 12.

Another allegation states that "Glenn tried to pay himself $70,815 from his losing campaign in November 2016. But is forced to return the money." That footnote sources the information to the Federal Election Commission report by Committee to Elect Darryl Glenn for U.S. Senate in 2016. The records show that Glenn's campaign paid him $70,815 on Nov. 28, 2016, after the election, but the payment was returned to his campaign on Dec. 7, 2016.

The "counterfeit conservatives" flier also calls Glenn and Lamborn "dumb and dumber," and notes:

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• "Glenn voted to increase El Paso County's budget 42%," which is sourced with a footnote noting the county's 2018 budget. This one is hard to verify, because it's unclear what Hill is talking about. If one considers total funding for the county, the increase from 2011 when Glenn took office to 2018 was about 67 percent. But Glenn might not have voted for the budget every year. That time span also includes voter approval of the sheriff's sales tax in 2012, which this year is expected to generate more than $24 million.

• "Lamborn voted to balloon the National Debt by another $1 trillion dollars," which is sourced with a footnote citing GovTrack.us, U.S. House of Representatives, July 29, 2011, Vote on S627: 218-210, Lamborn vote: yes." This was a budget bill.

We asked both Glenn's and Lamborn's campaign for a comment.

We haven't heard from Lamborn, but Glenn tells us via email, "Here’s my official and only statement: As a brother in Christ, I would encourage Owen to seek wisdom from the Holy Spirit before he designs his marketing materials."

We also reached out to Hill for a comment and will circle back if and when we hear something.
Both fliers state, "Paid for by Owen Hill for Congress."

Hill's supporters challenged Lamborn's petition signatures through the courts this spring without success.

Other Republicans in the primary contest are former Green Mountain Falls Mayor Tyler Stevens and former Texas judge Bill Rhea. The Independent has endorsed Rhea.

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