Four of the five candidates for the 5th Congressional District will be on-air Saturday morning to debate political issues, but incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn won’t be one of them. The hour-long debate will be live at 7 a.m on 1460 AM, on the show Black & White and Right. The debate will be moderated by Lamborn’s old political foe, businessman Robert Blaha, and Rocky Mountain Black Tea Party founder Derrick Wilburn, who host the Saturday morning show every week.
Blaha ran against Lamborn in a Republican primary earlier this year, but the incumbent cruised past him and is expected to win a fourth term on Nov. 6.
Saturday’s debate will feature independent candidate Dave Anderson, Libertarian Jim Pirtle, Green Party candidate Misha Luzov, and American Constitution Party candidate Ken Harvell.
“We’re going to throw some raw meat on the table,” Blaha said with relish.
The debate will be loosely structured, Blaha said. Each candidate will have 90 seconds to introduce themselves, and there will be a few established questions. But mainly, Blaha said, “we’re just going to sit down and engage each other.”
Blaha said he had tried to get Lamborn to participate in the debate, but was told by staffers that the congressman couldn’t make it. Blaha didn’t pull any punches when criticizing Lamborn for not taking part. It would be a “tough go” for any of the other four candidates to beat him in the general election, he said.
“I’m sure that’s why the congressman has chosen not to come,” Blaha said acidly.
Lamborn’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.