For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Thompson
09 October 2012
Tel: (719) 369-0623
Tipton’s Tiptoeing Shows Apathy Towards District
(Durango, CO) Tisha Casida, Unaffiliated (Independent) candidate for U.S. House, Colorado District 3, released a statement about Scott Tipton’s (R) inability to commit to a debate in the southern part of the District – specifically the one that had been planned by the League of Women Voters and Fort Lewis College.
“Tipton and his campaign staff’s inability to ‘find the time’ to commit and show up to the debate organized by the League of Women Voters, hosted at Fort Lewis College, and broadcast state-wide by Rocky Mountain PBS, shows his lack of responsibility towards the citizens of Colorado’s third congressional district. By dodging this debate, and other events that have been organized by constituents – Representative Tipton has been M.I.A. and unaccountable to the voters and stakeholders of this district. I was invited and confirmed (as was Sal Pace) to go to this event months ago. But Representative Tipton delayed his response until it was too late to hold this debate. It was the only debate and candidate forum in that particular part of the District – the district is very large, and Tipton seems like he is only available in certain areas.
This important debate, held at both Tipton’s and Pace’s alma mater (they both graduated from Fort Lewis College) had been trying to pin down a date and time with the congressman and his staff (Michael Fortney) for months. How busy can he be? Isn’t Congress in recess, and shouldn’t Tipton want to reach out to this part of the State?
Tipton’s tiptoeing around the district does nothing to be available and accountable to all voters – not just Republicans, but Democrats, and Independents, and the like – why won’t he be available to all of us? Why does he pick and choose where he can be found and asked questions when he is a Congressman to all of us?
Representative Tipton should be ashamed of himself – by not participating in this college event, he stymies the opportunity for young voters to see our political process in action. This is the Republican machine, refusing to foster transparency and accountability with the next generation of voters.”
For more information, please visit: www.casida2012.com.