The airwaves in Colorado are ablaze with a duo of new ads in two competitive Congressional districts.
Democratic challenger Sal Pace is attacking a recent ad by Rep. Scott Tipton (R) as the two battle for their state's 3rd Congressional district. And a new ad from the campaign of Rep. Mike Coffman (R) in the tossup race for Colorado's 6th district calls statements from Democratic challenger Joe Miklosi's camp "false" and "misleading."
The Tipton ad says Pace supported "cutting Medicare by over $70 billion" and that the state lawmaker "cast the deciding vote to raise seniors' property taxes by $90 million." It concludes: "Hurting seniors, raising taxes. We can't afford Sal Pace."
The Pace campaign called the ad misleading and part of Tipton's "100%-negative campaign strategy." Pace campaign spokesman James Dakin Owens said in a press statement that Tipton himself voted for the measure for which he attacks Pace.
"Every single one of Congressman Tipton's ads has been an attack on policies that he himself has voted for," Owens said. "Tripling down on a strategy that attacks your opponent for something you have done yourself? This approach just reeks of desperation."
A call to the Tipton campaign was not immediately returned.
In the Coffman-Miklosi matchup, the new ad highlights local news segments fact-checking Miklosi's recent ads.
“Joe Miklosi moved to Aurora thinking he could lie his way into office, but the voters of the district aren’t buying it,” Coffman’s campaign manager, Chris Hansen, said in a statement announcing the new ad. “This ad ensures that voters across the district understand that Joe Miklosi can’t be trusted.”
One TV reporter sums up: "The bottom line here, Miklosi is making some very strong claims against Mike Coffman. The majority of these claims — false and misleading."
In an email, Miklosi's spokesman responded: "The facts are clear. Mike Coffman voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program that would cost seniors up to $6,400 more per year, and he supports the radical personhood amendment that would ban many forms of birth control and outlaw abortions even in the cases of rape and incest. Mike Coffman can't hide from his extreme record."