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    Log Cabin Republicans paid for a full page ad in today's Denver Post attacking Democratic Congressman Jared Polis. (Log Cabin Republicans)

    Congressman Jared Polis — labeled “King Polis” — was blasted in a full-page ad today in The Denver Post for his involvement with energy ballot measures that critics say would cost Colorado tax revenue and jobs.

    The ad, from Log Cabin Republicans, features a photograph of the Boulder Democrat that has been altered to show him wearing a crown and a robe. It comes one day after Log Cabin Republicans unveiled a radio ad targeting Polis on the same issue and its director, , calling the congressman a “limousine liberal.”

    Asked about the radio-ad buy, Polis couldn’t resist his own jab: “Oh, did all three of them chip in?”

    Log Cabin Republicans is the nation’s largest Republican organization representing the interests of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans and their allies. The group has more than 30,000 registered members. It’s a “myth,” Angelo told The Denver Post Tuesday, that Log Cabin Republicans is a “small and insignificant organization.”

     Energy development has become an enormous issue in Colorado.More than a dozen initiatives hostile to and supportive of oil and gas drilling are making their way toward the November ballot. Most focus on giving communities control over siting of drilling and requiring greater setbacks from homes and buildings. Polis, who developed nine of the measures, was stunned last year to discover a operation on land just across the street from a rural getaway he owns in Weld County near Berthoud.

    Critics say Polis’ measures would kill more than 110,000 Colorado jobs and cost the state $1.6 billion in tax revenue and, like the Log Cabin Republicans, believe Polis is a culprit in the battle over fracking.

    “Multi-millionaire Jared Polis is worth an estimated $68 million and is using his money and influence to try and attack responsible energy development in Colorado,” the newspaper ad says.

    The radio ad says Polis is worth $65 million, but it contains basically the same message about the energy measures and their impact on Colorado. The ad is being played on KOA-AM, KBCO-FM, KALC-FM and KOSI-FM for two weeks, then LCR will assess its impact, Angelo said.

    “Congressman Polis is the latest in a litany of limousine liberals who feels he knows what’s best for everyone, but in reality he’s nothing more than a NIMBY nanny-stater willing to dump millions of dollars of his fortune into a crusade to force everyday Americans to bend to his will,” Angelo said in a news release when the radio ads were announced.

    “Maybe if Polis spent less time counting his money and more time imagining what it must be like to own only one home, he’d realize that banning responsible energy development hurts Colorado’s families.”

    Although LCR represents gays and Polis is the first openly gay candidate to be elected to office, Angelo said the campaign has nothing to do with the congressman’s sexual orientation.

    “It’s just that Log Cabin Republicans is the established pro-business, pro-equality Republican organization. There are a lot of individuals who identify as gay or lesbian who vote Republican and who understand core conservative values when it comes to things like reasonable tax policy and a sound fiscal policy,” Angelo said.

    “(The Colorado chapter) of Log Cabin Republicans came out in opposition to Polis’ ballot initiatives months ago. We just had an opportunity to put some heft behind the state ballot initiatives.”


    Posted by Dana West @ 11:55 am for Candidates, Colorado politics, Elections, Energy |

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