Tipton camp fires back at Pace

Fortney: Pace needs to bring ideas to the table

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“Sal has spent his entire campaign criticizing, but he has not brought a single idea to the table. Our country needs leaders right now, not politicians like Sal Pace, who simply lob criticisms from the back of the class.”

— Michael Fortney, campaign manager for Congressman Scott Tipton

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Scott Tipton

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Sal Pace

Last week Sal Pace, a Pueblo Democrat running for the Third Congressional District of Colorado, unveiled an online tool highlighting his contentions of the Ryan Budget.

During a press call with reporters Wednesday Pace also defended his lifetime 15.77 percent Colorado Union of Taxpayers rating, dismissing CUT as a radical organization and touting his record in the Colorado legislature as middle of the road.

Pace cited legislation he carried in the state house this year that eliminated the estate tax on farmers and said he would be happy to compare his record on taxes with his opponent, and CD3 incumbent, Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez.

The Tipton camp said Friday they would welcome that public conversation.

“Sal Pace's career in the state legislature consisted of voting for tax increase after tax increase on Colorado families and businesses, over $200 million in one year alone,” said Michael Fortney, Tipton’s campaign manager. “Coloradans do not want to send a representative to Washington with a record of raising taxes, killing small businesses and hurting families.

“Put simply, a vote for Sal Pace is a vote for Nancy Pelosi and her liberal agenda.”

Fortney continued to dismiss Pace’s criticisms of the Ryan Budget saying neither he nor Congressional Democrats have presented any alternative ideas.

Fortney also condemned Pace’s entire campaign strategy of pledging to work in a bipartisan fashion if elected to Congress without telling CD3 voters his plans for energy, healthcare, education and the growing national debt.

“Congressman Tipton is focused on getting our $16 trillion debt under control, something that Sal Pace doesn't seem to care to address,” Fortney said. “Sal has spent his entire campaign criticizing, but he has not brought a single idea to the table.

“Our country needs leaders right now, not politicians like Sal Pace, who simply lob criticisms from the back of the class.”

Tipton and Pace are scheduled for a second public debate Sept. 8 at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction during Club 20’s fall meeting.

For more information, visit www.club20.org or call 242-3264.

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