“Tipton’s 2012 slogan ought to be ‘unethical but not illegal’.”
(Pueblo, CO) Tisha Casida, Independent candidate for the Third Congressional District of Colorado today announced her “Putting the Camp in Campaigning” tour. Casida intends to meet people throughout the District, camping in KOA campgrounds and getting her “boots on the ground, to counter so-called conservative Scott Tipton, who is not conservative at all, but just another mediocre politician,” says Casida.
A recent string of events and information coming from the Tipton camp indicate his weakness as a representative and contender in 2012, according to Casida.
On May 26th, the national news source Politico detailed Tipton’s daughter’s working relationship with Broadnet, which has contracts with congressional offices. Tipton wrote a letter to the House ethics committee in order to explain the appearance of impropriety. Steve Patterson, who is co-founder of the company and Broadnet’s current CEO is Tipton’s nephew. Tipton funneled over $7,000 to Patterson’s business, while congressional guidelines make it clear that no taxpayer money can be used for relatives of congressmen, including nephews.
Tipton also recently received the “dubious distinction” according to Casida, of being the largest spender of all Freshmen in Congress, paying his staff more than any other congressional freshman.
Additionally, Tipton’s financial disclosure revealed that he has investments that are “unethical, but not illegal” – owning natural gas and oil stocks, which could be affected by his decisions on the House Natural Resources Committee.
“Another instance of hypocrisy,” Casida stated.
Currently, Tipton is the wealthiest lawmaker among the Colorado delegation with assets worth at least $2.2 million.
Casida says, “Tipton is not the people’s candidate and not anyone who the Tea Party should support in the 2012 election. Besides having unethical ties, he has no real sense of how the average American is hurting right now and cannot represent us in Congress – he is just as out of touch as most other lawmakers in D.C.”.
Casida is having a fundraiser on Monday, July 11th (5:00 start-time) at The Senate in Pueblo (219 South Grand Avenue) to kick off her tour of Colorado’s Third Congressional District as well as a trip to the Young Americans for Liberty Convention in Arlington, Virginia. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through Steve Thompson (719-369-0623).
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