It ain’t Finding Nemo. It’s not The Incredibles. It’s kind of Monster Inc., but more like Politics Inc. It should be called “Campaign Story.” And it’s been making the rounds on Facebook.
“It” is a new acerbic computer-generated political ad, a la Pixar Studios, created by a supporter of Rep. Marsha Looper, R-Calhan, who is running in a primary against House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument.
The pair have been going at each others’ throats over the past few months, basically calling one another lying posers. The Looper campaign says the creator of the video isn’t associated with their campaign, but the piece repeats a number of allegations against Stephens, all of which Stephens’ campaign says are lies and political spin.
In the four-minute video, a woman lectures a suited man behind a desk who says he’s supporting Stephens because she’s a conservative. The woman tells the man that Stephens has sponsored a health care bill that implements Obamacare and helps fund abortions, that she has carried a gun bill this year only because it was politically convenient, and that she has helped destroy the economy.
“I hate to burst your bubble,” the woman tells the man, before listing off several accusations against Stephens. “You must not have vetted her.”
The man, who defends Stephens at first and says he’s supporting her “because she’s a conservative,” is eventually persuaded by the woman, who also paints Stephens as an establishment puppet for “big oil.”
“Amy has betrayed us,” says the man at the end of the video.
The woman and man in the video speak awkwardly, and it’s obvious that the computer was fed a script and pronounces words on its own. “Yeah” is pronounced “Yay,” at one point.
The woman who put the video together, Jen Raiffie, is a volunteer at Looper’s campaign, and is also a paid consultant of Looper’s campaign. But Raiffie said she was not paid to make the video.
In a text message Tuesday morning, Stephens called the video “insulting to voters” because it is “full of things that are not true.”
The health care bill the woman refers to, Senate Bill 200 (a.k.a. Amycare), has been defended by members of the business community and Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs. The measure creates a state health care exchange. Several Republicans, including Gardner, have said that the accusation that the measure helps fund abortions is untrue, and that it only creates a new marketplace for health insurance plans.
And though Stephens has not been the prime sponsor on any other 2nd Amendment rights bills aside from one this year, she has been a co-sponsor on a number of others, such as the Make My Day Better bill this year and another to repeal a ban on conceal-carry permits on college campuses.
The video also refers to Looper’s endorsements, which include former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo and former state Sen. Dave Schultheis. Stephens, however, has been endorsed by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, along with several local public officials, including El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton.
Look up Stephens’ and Looper’s legislative records on the General Assembly’s Web site.