Colorado Congressman threatens Family
"As a Brother and Sister in Christ"
Don't you just loooove watching Republicans self-destruct?
Meet Doug Lamborn (Colorado-R05), fundamentalist conservative, freshman Congressman. Supporter of President Bush's every action. Including Iraq and Iran. Like all Bush Republicans, he's a big believer in deny, lie, attack the source.
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Rep. Doug Lamborn left two voice mails after they questioned his acceptance of campaign contributions from the gambling industry.
Jonathan Bartha is employed by the group Focus on the Family. "His wife, a board member of Falcon School District 49, worked for two months as a scheduler for candidate Jeff Crank during a bitter, six-way Republican primary race for the 5th Congressional District seat."
When asked what he meant when he said there would be "consequences," Lamborn told the [Denver] Post: "When someone tells a lie, it just has bad consequences."
But the Post noted: "Three days after leaving the messages on the Barthas' voice mail, Lamborn wrote an open letter to Greg Garcia, chair of the El Paso County Republicans, asking him to investigate."
The following is a text of two voice messages that Lamborn left, as published by the Post.
FIRST MESSAGE: "Hello, this is Doug Lamborn calling for either Jonathan or Anna. Something very serious has happened. There was a letter to the editor that you both put in your names to the editor of the Woodmen Edition and there is something that is blatantly false in that letter.
"I would like to get together with you and show this to you and appeal to you as a brother and sister in Christ. You didn't give me that opportunity but I am happy to overlook that and deal with you on that level because I think that is the right thing to do and show you where you made a blatant, wrong statement.
"Now there are consequences to this kind of thing, but I would like to work with you in a way that is best for everyone here concerned. So please call me at your earliest convenience. It is now 2:40 (p.m.) on Saturday afternoon.
SECOND MESSAGE: "Hello, this is Doug Lamborn again, I'm finishing up my message from a moment ago. I got cut off. It is critical that you get back to me as soon as possible on this because I'll be going back to Washington here in a few days and I have to make sure that this is resolved one way or another. And like I said I'd rather resolve this on a Scriptural level but if you are unwilling to do that I will be forced to take other steps, which I would rather not have to do. So please call me. This is essential. Call me by tonight, Saturday night and we can get together sometime Sunday afternoon."
Denver PostCouldn't happen to a nicer fundamentalist conservative.
Freshman Rep. Doug Lamborn is on only his eighth month in office, but some in his own party are working vigorously to oust him from his House seat.
Republican activists in the 5th Congressional District are pushing Jeff Crank, who lost to Lamborn by 892 votes in the 2006 primary, to challenge Lamborn in 2008. Crank said he's considering it.
He's not the only potential competitor. Third-place finisher in 2006 Bentley Rayburn said he's "thinking seriously about it."
"There is a great deal of unrest and a great deal of talk about people running in the primary against him," said former Rep. Joel Hefley, a Republican who retired last year after representing the 5th District for 20 years. "I would be very surprised if he did not have a very substantial primary (challenge)."
In mid-August, Rep. Lamborn toured Iraq the same day 175 Iraqis were killed in a suicide attack. His response? "Progress is being made, but it does not happen overnight," Lamborn said. "If we want to win this war, we can."
Buh-bye. Bye. So long. See ya later. Ciao.
Beep-beep! GOP go boom.