GOP hits Tipton challenger on regulation, taxes

Republicans greeted the entrance of state Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, to the 3rd Congressional District race by painting him as a proponent of heavy taxation and burdensome regulations.

Pace, the minority leader in the Colorado House, on Tuesday announced his bid to unseat Republican Scott Tipton, who last year unseated three-term Democrat John Salazar, for whom Pace once worked.

Pace, in his second term as a state representative, “has been directly responsible for sending his own constituents to the unemployment lines by supporting job-killing regulations and billions (of dollars) in new taxes and fees,” Tyler Houlton, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a statement.

Tipton’s office referred requests for comment to the GOP congressional committee.

Pace supported increased vehicle-registration fees and higher penalties for late payment as well as efforts to tax Internet sales, Houlton said.

Colorado Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call said Pace has “a clear and consistent record of reckless spending and raising taxes” and is out of touch with Western Slope voters.

The 3rd Congressional District now includes most of the Western Slope and much of southern Colorado, but redistricting could change the boundaries before the 2012 election.


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