Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Election Preview: Colorado’s 5th Congressional District

Running for a third term, Colorado Springs U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn has a well-oiled campaign machine, with hundreds of volunteers and a $270,000 budget. In February Lamborn was ranked by the political magazine National Journal as the most conservative congressman, a strong resume builder in the conservative-leaning 5th Congressional District.

Lamborn’s opponents are Democrat Kevin Bradley, American Constitution Party’s Brian Scott and Libertarian Jerell Klaver. Together, they have almost no campaign funds, no public-office experience and few campaign volunteers.

Those running against Lamborn say the congressman is out of touch with his district.

Bradley, who lives in Florence, said he’s been traveling the district to get familiar with the issues people care about on a shoe-string budget of a few thousand dollars.

“I would like to return government to the people,” he said.

Scott said he’s barely running a campaign, spending pocket change and about an hour a week on it. The Colorado Springs resident is running because he wants to offer conservative voters a better choice than Lamborn.    More -

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