An incendiary political mailer that went out last week from Rep. Marsha Looper’s campaign depicts her opponent in a coming Republican primary, House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, as a supporter of President Barack Obama.
Nearly half the mailer is a photo of Obama campaigning, surrounded by his 2008 campaign slogan, “Change we need!” Next to the president is a photo of Stephens, R-Monument, pointing suggestively to the photo of Obama.
The caption of the photo is “Obama’s Change! Amy’s Exchange! Government Controlled Health Care.”
The front page of the mailer reads, “Take back control of your health care! Rep. Marsha Looper has adamantly opposed Obamacare — ‘Amycare’ — and will continue to fight on behalf of the citizens of HD 19 to repeal these deplorable policies and to defend our health care decisions!”
According to a campaign worker, the mailer went out on Jan. 13, to GOP primary voters from 2010.
Stephens and Looper are locked in a contentious primary for HD 19, since Stephens was displaced by new legislative maps drawn last year and moved from HD 20 to HD 19, held by Looper since 2006.
Stephens has been targeted by many conservatives for carrying a bill last year that created health care exchanges in Colorado. Opponents dubbed the measure, Senate Bill 200, “Amycare,” and argue that it implements national health care policy Republicans despise. The bill, which was supported by many other Republicans as well as Democrats, was cheered by much of the business community.
To view the mailer click here: LR_Looper Postcard-1
Comment from Stephens and Looper soon. Check Second Reading for updates.