2008 Political Campaigns

Veterans for Obama decry new McCain ads

By Stephanie Clary
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sen. John McCain’s latest TV ad questioning Sen. Barack Obama’s support of U.S. troops prompted a half-dozen Colorado veterans to rally in support of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee on Monday, July 21, at the Veterans Monument on the grounds of the Capitol.

Schaffer omits salient details in Udall attack

Puzzled Udall fails to respond

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Bob Schaffer, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, is a seasoned and battle-hardened politician who has proven himself an intelligent and wily opponent for Democrat Mark Udall, and at no time has that been more evident than during Monday’s debate between the candidates at the Wildlife Experience in Parker.

Rayburn’s vex, lies and audio tape

Broken campaign vow haunts Rayburn

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS – Like a poltergeist that refuses to be exorcised, Bentley Rayburn’s broken agreement to drop out of the race for the Republican nomination in the 5th Congressional District has come back to haunt him.

Following the money in the 5th CD GOP primary race

From $36,000 in ads to $11 in Big Macs

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS – In the final surge of the battle for the Republican nomination in the 5th Congressional District, the campaigns of incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn, Jeff Crank and retired Maj. Gen. Bentley Rayburn are deploying electronic ad air raids, early voting mailers and phone banks as they strategize for victory.

Schaffer’s role in Iraqi oil deal questioned

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Schaffer, whose poll results are still feeling the impact from negative media reports about a 1999 junket to the Northern Marianas, has a new controversy on his hands.

Amendment 46, Initiative 82 backers go toe-to-toe in accusations

Liar, liar! Pants on fire!

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The political finger-pointing over Amendment 46, also known as Colorado’s “Civil Rights Initiative,” has escalated in recent weeks, with each side continually accusing the other of lying in order to get onto the ballot.

Free speech derails McCain

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Sen. John McCain’s belief in the First Amendment was tested by demonstrators outside and by questioners inside Monday’s town hall meeting at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

His open-to-the-public forum was crafted to contrast sharply with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s invitation-only speeches in Colorado Springs during the previous week.

Broken agreement heats CD 5 debate

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — The 5th Congressional District debate between Republican candidates Bentley Rayburn and Jeff Crank switched from courteous to contentious exchanges when asked about the futility of two candidates challenging incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn. The trio nearly assures Lamborn’s win.

In the first half of the debate, the demeanors of Crank and Rayburn were as conservative as their charcoal gray suits, white shirts and red, patterned ties. More telling was their choice of footwear. Rayburn wore shiny, black loafers with tassels; Crank wore tooled leather cowboy boots.

Dems lock out alleged assailant

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Vince Chowdhury’s political career, which took 18 years to build, was destroyed in a matter of minutes after he pleaded guilty to losing his temper last month, hitting his daughter and then threatening his wife. The longtime Littleton resident, who has served on the Jefferson County School Board since 2001 and is currently a candidate for the Democratic nomination in House District 22, is facing disgrace and ruin over what he now calls a “terrible mistake.”

Obama stops in Springs, calls for patriotism

Wants more enlistments, community service

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — As part of a weeklong patriotic pitch, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama unveiled a plan to entice all Americans to participate in public service and called on young Americans to enlist in the military.