Monday, April 7, 2008

Proof of Mark Udall as Career Politician: Taxpayer-Funded Stop in Colorado Springs

In a morning press release, Dick Wadhams and the Bob Schaffer campaign gave us another reminder today of why Mark Udall is the consummate career Washington politician:
The Bob Schaffer for U.S. Senate campaign charged today that Boulder Liberal Mark Udall is using taxpayer funds to hold a thinly veiled campaign event billed as a "subcommittee field hearing" in Colorado Springs.

"Boulder Liberal Udall needs to be reminded that Colorado Springs is not in his Boulder congressional district," said Schaffer campaign manager Dick Wadhams. "Taxpayers should not be financing Boulder Liberal Udall's campaign events."

"Boulder Liberal Udall's taxpayer funded campaign event comes on the heels of revelations that Udall secured federal earmarks for a Boulder company and then received campaign contributions from that same company."

Boulder Liberal Mark Udall represents the Boulder dominated Second Congressional District and chairs the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics. Udall is holding a taxpayer funded subcommittee "hearing" today in Colorado Springs which is in the Fifth Congressional District. Udall's press release did not indicate any other members of the subcommittee would be present for the "hearing."
Nothing illegal in what Udall did that I know of - just a sign of how comfortable Mark Udall the career politician is in using taxpayer money to give himself a little extra campaign exposure.

Udall, Colorado's biggest purveyor of pork, also recently has been embroiled in an inquiry about his raising funds from groups to which he earmarked million-dollar plus federal government contracts.

Anyone expecting Mark Udall to change the corrupt Washington culture is sadly naive. Coloradans have a much better chance for ethical government and honest representation from Bob Schaffer, the candidate with real-world business experience who kept his term-limits pledge.

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