And he channels Ronald Reagan in his latest radio ad, too. That’s his latest one. To date, the congressional campaign of entrepreneur Robert Blaha has spent nearly a quarter-million dollars on advertising, including three radio spots and three TV commercials. That’s a lot for a political newbie, and though he faces an uphill battle against GOP incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn, he’s certainly spending like he means business.
In his ads, Blaha paints himself as a successful job creator and background as an entrepreneur. And in the new radio ad, he intersperses audio from Reagan speeches. But he’s not been exactly subtle when it comes to Lamborn.
In his first ad, Blaha called Lamborn a “career politician,” and insinuated that Lamborn pursued earmarks and engaged in “political pandering.” In his second, he attacked Lamborn more openly, and says he’s “failed” in Congress.
“If we judge Congressman Lamborn on his ability to fix the economy, he’s failed. Passing legislation? Congressman Lamborn has been the lead sponsor of 37 bills and none have become law. He’s 0 for 37. And if we judge him on his voting record, where are the results?” Blaha says in the ad.
In the Reagan ad, he uses four clips that crackle with aged recording, including the famous “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” and says Congress has strayed from Reagan’s core Republican principles, including that of small government.
Lamborn’s spokeswoman Cat Mortensen replied to the 0 for 37 ad a week ago in an email, and said not even Speaker of the House John Boehner has had a bill signed into law in five years:
“Mr. Blaha displays stunning ignorance on the fundamentals of the legislative process and Congressional leadership. Congressman Lamborn has passed more bills through the House of Representatives in the current 112th Congress than any member of the Colorado delegation. This includes major energy legislation this year and defunding National Public Radio last year. The fact that Senate Democrats refuse to take up almost any House-passed bill, over which he has no control, is no reflection on Lamborn. It is an unfortunate reality in a divided Congress.
Furthermore, Congressional leadership involves more than passing bills. Among other things, Lamborn has been instrumental in bringing a new Veterans Affairs Cemetery to Southern Colorado, a new Veterans Health Clinic to the district, a new ICE office to Colorado Springs, and a new Combat Aviation Brigade to Fort Carson. These important additions to our community are not the direct result of legislation, but rather, the result of years spent working closely with community and Congressional leaders.”
Also running in the primary is insurance salesman Doug Bergeron.