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Letter: Political dirty tricks

If you live in the Roaring Fork Valley, you’ve undoubtedly seen the television ads slamming one of the Republican gubernatorial candidates as too conservative and another as not conservative enough. If you’re a registered Republican who reliably votes in Republican primaries, you’ve also received direct mail with the same messages and from the same source.

These ads and mailings are paid for by a group calling themselves — ironically given the perverse tactics involved — “Protect Colorado Values.” The group is funded in part by the Democratic Governors Association and also appears to be part of the Colorado Democracy Alliance Network funded by several wealthy liberal donors, including billionaire Tom Steyer. The goal is to convince Colorado Republicans to vote in the June 24 primary for the candidate who this group perceives as most likely to be defeated in the general election in November.

It’s a dirty trick, and one that has been played to great effect in past elections where similar tactics were used by Democratic interests to determine the outcome of Republican primaries in Missouri and Nevada. Colorado Republican voters need to examine the facts and make their own decision on who the best Republican nominee for governor would be. We must not let groups aligned with the Democratic Party determine our nominee.

Frieda Wallison

Old Snowmass, chair of the Pitkin County Republicans

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