Dem to challenge Tipton for House seat
DENVER — Pueblo County Commissioner and former state Rep. Liane “Buffie” McFadyen officially tossed her hat into the ring Tuesday for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.
The Pueblo West Democrat, who served eight years in the Colorado House and is halfway through her first term on the commission, said she decided to run following last year’s government shutdown, saying it was caused by a lack of lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle not knowing how to cooperate with each other.
“After working in Pueblo and seeing the things that we could do on things like transportation, we can run government more efficiently and keep it open,” she said. “I believe the incumbent (Tipton) is a nice man, but he’s gotten so tied up in the Washington paradigm.”
To date, only one other Democrat is in the race, though somewhat unofficially.
That person, Pueblo resident Abel Gabre Laeke, created a campaign account with the Federal Elections Commission last year and again this year, but has never formally announced.
That’s partly because the address he lists on his FEC account is the Colorado Mental Health Institute where he’s a patient.
Laeke pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity after being charged with suspicion of unlawful sexual conduct and indecent exposure while a patient in the psychiatric ward at Denver Health Medical Center in 2004.
Tipton, too, has a GOP challenger. Grand Junction resident David Cox officially announced his bid last weekend, but has yet to create an FEC account. Cox, a founding member of the Mesa County Patriots, ran unsuccessfully for the Colorado House in 2010 against now Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, but couldn’t get enough support from House district delegates to make the primary ballot.
Two years ago, Tipton defeated Democrat and former House Rep. Sal Pace, who now sits on the same county commission as McFadyen.
McFadyen, 45, served in the House from 2003 to 2011 when she was term-limited and barred from running again. A year later, she was elected to the county commission.
She is a graduate of Adams State College in Alamosa, where she also serves on its board of trustees.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in secondary counseling from Adams State in 1991 and 1993, respectively. As a student there, she was a six-time All-American indoor and outdoor track athlete and was elected homecoming queen.
It’s also were she earned her nickname, Buffie, which refers to where she was born, Buffalo, N.Y.
“Once you get a nickname like Buffie, it kind of sticks with you,” she said.