Publication:Colo Spgs Gazette; Date:May 19, 2006; Section:Metro; Page Number:24

Fawcett shut off

    Colorado Springs police are investigating who cut the Internet line running into Democratic congressional candidate Jay Fawcett’s campaign office.

    Staffers could not get online Thursday, when they had planned on e-mailing delegates to tonight’s congressional district assembly.

    An Adelphia repairman discovered that the outside Internet connection had been snapped by wire cutters, campaign manager Wanda James said.

    Police have not determined who did it, and James said that only party leaders and campaign staff have been in the Old Colorado City office. The line was fixed, and the e-mail was sent.

    “It’s just a strange thing to happen the day before the assembly,” James said.

Gathering storm

    Less strange was the lastminute mail piece sent out by Doug Lamborn that questioned the fiscal conservatism of fellow Republican 5th Congressional District hopefuls. But several opponents charged the information in it was not true.

    The mailing said Jeff Crank supported a 2003 sales tax increase and organized opposition to a 2002 tax-cut ballot measure. It said John Anderson consistently supported permanent property tax increases.

    Crank’s alleged sales tax support, though, was a state- ment in a 2003 article in which he said city and county leaders should take more time to work on a proposed road tax increase, which eventually passed in 2004.

    The 2002 “ballot measure” referenced was a Douglas Bruce proposal that never made it to the ballot — and that Crank said he never organized a group to oppose.

    Anderson was upset because he opposed a number of property tax hikes during his eight years as sheriff.

    Club for Growth spokesman Chad Kolton noted that he supported public-safety tax hikes in 1995 and 2002.

    Lamborn campaign manager Jon Hotaling defended the mailing, saying the facts stand on their own.

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