Tipton apologizes after daughter uses his name in business deals
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., wrote to the House Ethics Committee on Thursday, saying his name was improperly used by his daughter who was soliciting business on Capitol Hill.
“I have consulted my staff and the House ethics rules and I do not believe this to be a violation of any ethics rule,” Tipton wrote to the Ethics Committee.
“However, I do believe it to be an improper use of my name and I would like to apologize and assure you that it will not happen again.”
Tipton’s daughter Elizabeth, 22, is a government-relations representative for Broadnet Inc., a Highlands Ranch-based company that works with other companies that provide services allowing politicians to speak town-hall fashion with thousands of constituents at once via telephone.
In the course of her duties, Elizabeth Tipton mentioned that Scott Tipton was her father.
“This reference was made casually in introductory emails purely as a point of reference to both Democratic and Republican offices,” Tipton wrote to the Ethics Committee.
Tipton’s Washington, D.C., office began hearing rumors about the email last week and Tipton checked with Elizabeth Tipton, spokesman Josh Green said.
At that point, he contacted the Ethics Committee and sent the letter.
Elizabeth Tipton doesn’t conduct sales for the company and doesn’t make a commission, Broadnet Chief Executive Officer Steve Patterson said.
“It’s unfortunate because she meant no harm,” Patterson said.
“She was just talking about what we do.”
As Elizabeth Tipton contacted offices on both sides of the aisle, it seems likely that someone in one of the Democratic offices relayed the information to leadership, Green said.
“It’s a neat coincidence that the rumors started flying” after Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who was second-in-command under Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was in Colorado talking about state Rep. Sal Pace as a possible candidate for the 3rd Congressional District that Tipton represents, Green said.
That sparked a sharp response from Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacios, who said Green was “pushing conspiracy theories after basic questions are asked about a letter Rep. Tipton himself sent to the House Ethics Committee. It’s time for Scott Tipton to get off the grassy knoll and do his job.”