GarCo district attorney running for Congress as Republican candidate

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Martin Beeson helped recall a district attorney.
Now he says he wants to help fire a congressman.

Beeson, 9th Judicial District attorney, has announced he is running for Congress in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. He hopes to unseat incumbent Rep. John
Salazar, a Manassa Democrat, in 2010.

Beeson is running on a platform of fiscal conservatism, and is criticizing Salazar for voting in support of the economic stimulus bill.

“We need to replace those people who are not leaders, who are blindly following the mandates of the party,” he said.

Beeson said he has shown a willingness to take a stand against his own party when necessary. In 2005, he helped lead a successful effort to recall former DA and fellow Republican Colleen Truden over allegations of mismanagement of her office. Beeson, a former employee of Truden’s, also won a two-person race to replace Truden and finish her term of office.

He became DA in early 2006, and ran unopposed for a four-year term in 2008.

Salazar was first elected to Congress in 2004.  Beeson acknowledged that if he ends up being the Republican on the ballot against Salazar, he would face the challenge of incumbency and the hefty campaign donations that come with it.

“I’m going to overcome it with common sense and I’m going to overcome it with raising my own money. This is going to take a whole lot of money, no doubt about it,” he said.

On a much larger fiscal note, Beeson fears the Obama administration is amassing a debt that will saddle future generations. He said Salazar and others in Congress voted for an $800 billion stimulus package without even having time to read the bill.

Salazar spokesman Eric Wortman said the congressman was intimately familiar with the bill because he sits on the House Appropriations Committee.

“He was in hours and hours of hearings on the package,” Wortman said.

Wortman was hesitant to respond in detail to Beeson’s criticisms of Salazar, noting that the election is a year-and-a-half away and Salazar doesn’t even know what Republican he may face.

“Good luck to the guy and we look forward to a campaign,” Wortman said.

Beeson grew up in Southern California and taught law and business at an university in Beijing from 1999–2002.

He said he was confident that he would be able to accomplish his duties as DA while running for Congress.

“The business of the district attorney’s office will continue to flow in an unfettered manner and the resources my staff needs, they will have,” he said.


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