UPDATE: the person who created the site responded to an email I sent on Friday, asking for a phone interview. Here is the response:
I don’t know what I can tell you. Representative Stephens has a history of supporting a liberal agenda instead of a conservative agenda. Her cap and trade support was bad enough but then bringing Obamacare to Colorado is reprehensible. While we may call it Amycare, the fact of the matter is that it only advances the a liberal agenda. Representative Stephens purports to be a conservative and points to her time with Focus on the Family as her conservative credentials. Representative Stephens appears to believe the she can regulate a “free market solution”. She continues to spout such nonsense at every opportunity. The purpose of the website is too inform voters in District 20 that Representative Stephens is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and to encourage someone to run against her. There is a fair amount of antipathy towards Representative Stephens and this site is merely a vehicle for that expression.
An anonymous opponent of Republican House Majority Leader Amy Stephens has built a Web site devoted to her downfall. The site, noamystephens.com, calls Stephens a “progressive in conservative clothing,” and accuses her of being “only interested in what’s good for her, advances her power and position, and allows her to exercise patronage.”
“My objective is to see that she is never elected to another position in Colorado. Her sole claim to conservative values is that, once, a long time ago, she worked for ‘Focus on the Family.’ I’m quite sure that their litmus test for employees isn’t that they are politically conservative. Look at her agenda and voting record. She is against free markets and the general public,” writes the anonymous author.
Atop the site is a photo of Stephens with a red circle and an angled red line drawn through her face, and the page is titled “Dedicated to Dethroning the Queen.” The site has a chat room, and visitors can create their own accounts and post comments. So far, there are only three, and two of them are from former state Sen. Dave Schultheis, a Colorado Springs Republican.
The author of the site targets Stephens over three votes that she cast, one of which is erroneous. It attacks her for sponsoring a healthcare bill this year that creates health care exchanges, for supporting a bill on cap and trade, and alleges that she supported a Democratic bill in 2009, called FASTER, that increased automobile registration fees.
In actuality, Stephens voted against FASTER, which all Statehouse Republicans opposed. The healthcare bill was dubbed “Amycare” by Tea Partiers and other opponents, but passed the Legislature with overwhelming support. The cap and trade bill was opposed by only 12 out of the 65 members of the state House of Representatives, not including Colorado Springs Republican Larry Liston.
In one of his two posts, Schultheis asked the site administrator to correct Stephens’ voting record and note that she voted against FASTER.
Ever since Stephens introduced the so-called “Amycare” bill, small-government Republicans have been up in arms, many of them calling (rhetorically) for her head. The controversy has lasted for months in El Paso County, and created a rift in the county Republican party when county party secretary Sarah Anderson spoke out against the measure. Talk of a primary for Stephens is not uncommon in those circles, and Stephens has not been able to quell the ill will the bill created.
But even as Anderson has fought her battle in public, the noamystephens site was created with a false name and address. According to whois.net, an Internet domain registration search engine, the site is registered to one Sam Adams, and the address listed is that of Frankie’s Bar and Grill, in Colorado Springs (the zip code, however, was off by one digit). Mr. “Adams” also listed the bar’s phone number as his. But the owners of the bar have nothing to do with the site.
“Obviously, somebody’s pulling some kind of joke,” said Frankie Patton, the owner. “I’ve got Sam Adams here, and there’s probably about 300 of them in bottles. I don’t think he really cares about Amy Stephens.”
An email to the site’s administrator was not immediately returned.