Salazar agrees with journal’s analysis that he is a ‘centrist’

U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., is touting himself as a centrist in Congress, based on an analysis by a nonpartisan publication.

Salazar’s possible opponents said that’s not much of an accomplishment, given the left-leaning ways of the House of Representatives.

The National Journal conducted the analysis, using representatives’ votes on economic issues, social issues and foreign policy to determine how liberal or conservative they are.

Salazar, a Manassa potato farmer, ended with a rank of 180, meaning he tends to be more liberal than 180 members of Congress. Conversely, the journal’s analysis said he was more conservative than 250 members of the House.

Democrats have 257 members of the House, and Republicans 178 members. Not all members of the House had cast enough votes in all three categories for them to be ranked, thus the discrepancy between the House total of 435 members and the 430 who were ranked in the analysis.

Salazar said in a statement that he tries “to bring my experience as a farmer and small-business owner to Washington,” and representatives should put their constituents above political party.

Salazar’s potential GOP opponents were unimpressed.

“The fact that John Salazar is ‘one of the most centrist members of Congress’ is a tragic commentary on how out of touch Washington is with the American people,” said Bob McConnell, a Steamboat Springs Republican running for Salazar’s 3rd Congressional District seat.

McConnell added if he is elected, “My goal will be to have a voting score with people like Michelle Bachman (R-Minn.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah.)”

Chaffetz, however, has endorsed McConnell’s primary opponent, Scott Tipton of Cortez.

Salazar voted for the $787 billion stimulus bill, raising the debt ceiling to $12.4 trillion, and a government-run health care system with a public option, Tipton said.

“Only in a Congress led by San Francisco’s Nancy Pelosi could these votes be considered ‘centrist,’” Tipton said in a statement. “It is another indication of how far the liberal Democrats in Congress have strayed from the mainstream American values found outside the Beltway.”


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