Letter: Vote for new results
November 1, 2014
Vote for new results
As nasty as politics get, the battle between Don Suppes and Kerry Donovan for Colorado Senate District 5 has certainly got to be one of the worst local ones in recent memory, and while much of the serious mud is by independent political action committees that are beyond the candidates' control, there has been more than enough nonsense coming from both camps and a notable lack of disclaimers for what does come from the PACs.
From claims that Suppes is a white supremacist who doesn't like Little League to claims that Donovan supports abortion when it's used for gender selection, the claims continue to the point of absurdity. It's as if these PACs have a hat full of unforgivable sins and draw one out every week to whip into accusations.
In a recent article in the Grand Junction Sentinel, Suppes claims he doesn't believe in such tactics but then brags "it works, it absolutely works." In the same article, Donovan states that while she promised to run a clean campaign, she sees nothing wrong with negative campaigning if it is used to point out differences between candidates. One must wonder how much sleep either candidate is losing over mudslinging going on by the by PACs that support them.
As a voter who is tired of attempts to manipulate my intelligence (and then hearing Suppes brag that "it works"), I'd like to see the option on the ballot to throw the whole dang bunch of them out. However, as that is not an option, I'm going to take the opportunity to make a statement and vote for Libertarian candidate Lee Mulcahy. Lee is a guy who (blessedly) doesn't have a PAC working for or against him (what you see is what you get), has been deliberately excluded by a joint effort of the Republicans and Democrats from four of the seven debates for Senate District 5, and has spent less than a few thousand dollars on his campaign and has largely been overlooked by the press.
Not surprisingly, Mulcahy is polling a distant third as of last week, and I doubt Donovan and Suppes are too concerned about the competition.
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Mulcahy warrants some serious consideration from voters who believe the time has come for a change. For those who don't know his story, here's the short version: For many years, Lee was the No.1 requested ski instructor at Aspen, but got fired when he tried to lobby for better pay and working conditions for instructors there. As additional retribution, Aspen Skico also permanently banned him from their facilities and federal lands they lease from the Forest Service (and the Forest Service went along with the request). That led to his personal resolution that things had to change, and he has decided to give it his all to use the power of an elected office to work toward restoring a balance of power favoring the people and oppose federal overreach of many of our rights that are being eroded. He favors many issues that would help rebuild the middle class, but is sensible that the state must remain business-friendly to create jobs and promote growth. He has a good feel for the issues of rural Colorado and is surprisingly middle of the road on many things.
If you don't like the past results of voting either Democrat or Republican, then speak your mind and vote for Lee Mulcahy for Senate District 5.