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Congressional Races Heating Up

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The new Colorado Congressional districts map (credit: CBS)

The new Colorado Congressional districts map (credit: CBS)

Written by Dominic Dezzutti

With the lack of any statewide elected positions up for election this year, Colorado’s Congressional races that usually fight for attention during an election campaign are finally getting front page attention.

That new status certainly shows on commercial television as the candidates in CD’s 6 and 7 are alternating times with the Presidential candidates seemingly during every commercial break. But with mail-in ballots going out next week, it’s only going to get more intense, and likely, more personal.

The race is Congressional District 7 is already getting personal, with ex-wives and accusations of outsourcing taking center stage.

An ad by Joe Coors talks about how “Mrs. Perlmutter” became a lobbyist that profited from the passage of the stimulus bill, that Rep. Perlmutter voted for.

However, what the ad doesn’t mention is that the “Mrs. Perlmutter” they refer to was in fact the “ex-Mrs. Perlmutter” at the time.

I’ve talked to some pundits and former politicians, who are themselves veterans of some dirty campaigns, and they agree that this ad goes into some questionable territory.

The ad has become its own issue on the campaign trail and in debates between the Rep. Ed Perlmutter and Joe Coors, and will likely continue to play a major role.

The race in CD 6 between Rep. Mike Coffman and Joe Miklosi is also heating up with various ads hitting the airwaves. But one in particular may get a bit more attention due to tragic news this weekend.

With the disappearance of Jessica Ridgeway this weekend in Westminster, an ad that details Joe Miklosi’s “no” vote on a law that would have changed mandatory sentencing for sex offenders, called “Jessica’s Law,” is likely to make the campaign even more personal.

The ad features young kids leaving a school and accuses Miklosi of not protecting children. And while the law that is in question has nothing to do with issues currently raised in Ridgway’s disappearance, the connection to “Jessica’s Law” may make some voters do a double take.

With the next two weeks being two of the biggest in the entire season, I wouldn’t be shocked to see these ads become just the opening salvos of a very personal and intense October. With no Senate or Governor’s races fighting for airtime, the congressional races have even more time to find ways to get even dirtier.

About The Blogger

- Dominic Dezzutti, producer of the Colorado Decides debate series, a co-production of CBS4 and Colorado Public Television, looks at the local and national political scene in his CBSDenver.com blog. Read new entries here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Dezzutti writes about federal, state and local matters and how our elected leaders are handling the issues important to Colorado. Dezzutti also produces the Emmy winning Colorado Inside Out, hosted by Raj Chohan, on Colorado Public Television.

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