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Thursday, October 29,2009

Montana-based org. pours cash into conservative coffers in Longmont City Council race

By Jefferson Dodge

Poll questions

The alleged push poll was paid for by WTP and the Longmont Leadership Committee and conducted by the Virginia Institute for Public Policy. According to the Longmont Times-Call, the questions included, “If you knew that Karen Benker discriminated against a Christian church organization unfairly based on their religion, would that make you more or less favorable toward her?” Another asked, “If you knew that Karen Benker was in favor of limiting growth and private property development rights, how would that affect your vote in an election?”

A third question asked, “If you knew that Karen Benker misinformed voters about the Union Annexation Project [the LifeBridge development], costing Longmont millions of dollars in lost tax revenue, would that make you more or less favorable toward her?” The poll also included the question, “If you knew that Karen Benker claimed to have ended the special tax for the Clover Basin Fire District on her campaign literature, when in fact the elimination of the tax had not even appeared on the City Council agenda, would that make you more or less favorable toward her?”

WTP’s Ferguson says all of the questions posed are factual characterizations of Benker’s record, and that the poll was simply meant to measure voter reaction to different issues. Benker counters that several questions mischaracterize her record and lead voters to believe things about her that are just not true.

Benker says the question about discriminating against LifeBridge “is the one that makes me angriest.” She told Boulder Weekly that some have accused her of being anti-Christian, but she says her faith is very important to her. She grew up Catholic and is now Episcopalian. Benker says she voted against the LifeBridge issue solely because of what it would have cost the city.

In response to the question about limiting growth and private property development rights, Benker points out that she was in charge of developing a state economic development plan when she worked for former Gov. Roy Romer.

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This campaign is a repeat of the last - tons of deep-pocket money, anonymous attackers and right-wing candidates coyly denying complicity.

The trail of connections is quite clear - the group trying to worm their way onto Longmont's Council are working together with the obvious assist of rightwing power brokers.

Hopefully the residents of Longmont will see the truth and deliver another decisive blow to the Old Guard and help Longmont shake off the ghosts of the past.


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This is a good article.  I'm glad somebody finally wrote a substantive piece about the sleazy groups that are trying to buy the Longmont election.  I urge all Longmont voters not to be fooled by rightwing propaganda - vote for Lange, Benker, Fissinger and Van Dusen.