Congressional challenger Tapia touts cross-party cooperation

Abel Tapia, a former state senator who is running for seat held by Scott Tipton, meets with The Daily Sentinel editorial board Monday.



Former state Sen. Abel Tapia, the Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., pitched himself as being able to work on both sides of the political aisle on Monday.

Tapia, who most recently served four years as executive director of the Colorado Lottery, also painted Tipton as too reliable a Republican voter in Congress.

Tapia also declared himself a supporter of park status for Colorado National Monument, telling The Daily Sentinel editorial board “I don’t see why not” when asked whether the status change should go forward.

Park status was first endorsed by one of his political allies, U.S. Rep. John Salazar, four years ago, Tapia noted. Salazar was unseated that year by Tipton, who is now seeking his third term.

Tipton earlier this year ruled out any measure to redesignate the monument as a national park.

He defied party leaders on several occasions while in the state Legislature, Tapia said.

Tapia served on a school board in Pueblo before being elected to the state House and then the Legislature. He owned and operated his own civil engineering firm and worked in a coal mine before entering politics.

“We have to break with our party every now and then for the good of the district,” Tapia said.

Congress has been stymied by partisan issues, which has forced a rewrite of the transportation bill and which failed to address the agricultural needs of the 3rd Congressional District, which includes most of the Western Slope and much of southern Colorado, including Pueblo.

“It’s an ag district,” Tapia said of the 3rd.

His three priorities are topped by jobs, Tapia said, noting every one of the 29 counties in the district has some highway project that needs to move forward.

He’s well suited to take on boosting employment, he said.

“In the Legislature, I became the go-to person for jobs,” Tapia said.

On any split within the Democratic Party over drilling, he aligns with Gov. John Hickenlooper, a supporter of hydraulic fracturing, contrary to many in the party, Tapia said.

Family issues also are significant, he said, noting that he supports women’s rights, as well as those of gays and lesbians. He has a gay son, he noted.

Education also is high on his list, Tapia said, noting that as a school board member, he supported the establishment of the first charter school in the state.

No Child Left Behind fell short because it included no funding and the federal government ought not issue mandates without funding, Tapia said.

Comprehensive immigration reform also needs to move forward so that people don’t have to wait two decades to enter the United States legally, Tapia said, adding, “We have to secure our borders.”

Tapia also called for Western Slope unity on issues surrounding water.

The state is going through the process of establishing a statewide water plan and the Western Slope is at a disadvantage, Tapia said.

“I think it’s going to be a fight, West Slope versus the Front Range,” he said. “We have to fight the Front Range desire to send our water to the Front Range.”


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I recall a UDALL ad touting that same crap. Working across the aisle. I do NOT believe it. That same UDALL that voted to give our GUN RIGHTS to the WORTHLESS UNITED NATIONS. That same UDALL who gave us barryhusseincare.

The UN Small Arms Treaty did not give away individual American gun rights from all the (credible) sources, reporting and information I have seen.  What the hell is ‘barryhusseincare’ and does anyone think that is a message that has any political effect outside of some rabid bubble of extremists?

Peter, there is no use trying to reason with people like Jerry Sanders. He is a delusional racist with head firmly entrenched in the faux news bubble.

Kudos to Gary Harmon (“Congressional challenger Tapia touts cross-party cooperation”) for aptly chronicling Abel Tapia’s ample qualifications to “abely” and honestly represent the interests of the 3rd C.D. in Congress.

In contrast to the incumbent – “Tea Party” lemming Scott Tipton (who inherited the family business and was thus “born with a silver trinket in his mouth”) – Tapia is a civil engineer and a self-made successful businessman with uniquely varied experience as a true public servant (not an ideological “lap dog” like Tipton).

While Tipton typifies why “Congress has been stymied by partisan issues” – threatening to jeopardize the “full faith and credit” of the U.S., voting to “shut down” the federal government, voting 50+ time to repeal/defund the Affordable Care Act, voting to deport
700,000 “Dreamers” who know only the U.S. as their home, and voting to sue President Obama for delaying the “employer mandate” after Tipton himself voted to delay that mandate – Tapia offers the “fresh air” of sober policy-making and bipartisan cooperation.

Both as a company-founder and as a legislator, Tapia has actually “created jobs” – not just talked about it (like Tipton and the do-nothing “Tea Party”-controlled House).

Both Tapia and Tipton advocate an “all of the above” national energy strategy, but – unlike Tipton – Tapia opposes unnecessary subsidies to the most profitable industry in the history of the world and continuing regulatory exemptions for “fracking” from provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act.

Tapia also supports Governor Hickenlooper’s efforts to craft a workable compromise between the statutory imperative (and consequent pro-industry bias) of the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission and the fiduciary duty and inherent right of Colorado’s local governments to protect the health and safety of their publics.

Unlike nativist Tipton, Tapia supports comprehensive immigration reform that would, first, “secure our borders” and rationalize our temporary visa programs (and implement mandatory E-Verify) before instituting a “pathway to citizenship” that includes paying a meaningful fine, learning English, and going to “the end of the line”.

Tipton’s voting record proves that he doesn’t represent the interests of the 3rd C.D. – so we should send Abel Tapia in Congress.

Peter and Larry if you need an explanation you need help.
Bubble and babble you mean what you are spewing. Where did you get that I am racist? Because you are buried in the sand democrap and because I do NOT like barryhusseinsoetoro that makes me racist? KMA. If you need a definition ask a veteran. And Dixon there is nothing you said that makes a damned. Hey Kolbenschlag just what were those “credible sources.” Just some crap you made up ala Hugenburg?

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