Colorado Springs group’s campaign mailer angers Buescher

State Rep. Bernie Buescher, D-Grand Junction, roundly condemned thousands of letters Focus on the Family Action, a conservative Christian political organization, has sent to Mesa County voters, accusing him of being a pawn in a liberal plot to take over the state.

“It frustrates me that a group that touts Christian values can resort to inaccuracies to push their political agenda,” Buescher said in a Tuesday interview. “And they’re doing it under the guise of a nonprofit organization. That’s just not the way the system is supposed to work.”

The letter, delivered to local Republican and unaffiliated voters, links Buescher to Denver-based businessman Tim Gill, accusing the latter of trying “to bring San Francisco Values to Colorado.”

According to Buescher’s financial disclosures, the two-term incumbent has received no money from Gill this election cycle, though Gill did contribute $200 to Buescher’s campaign in October 2006.

The anti-Buescher letters, signed by Tom Minnery, Focus on the Family Action’s senior vice president for government and public policy, insinuates Buescher is complicit in a conspiracy to implement “the gay agenda.”

“I’ve voted against discrimination in every instance I’ve had an opportunity,” Buescher said. “But I don’t think I have ever voted to create special rights for any group.”

Buescher cited his work against 2006’s Referendum I, which would have expanded the ability of gay and lesbian Coloradans to enter into domestic partnerships with many of the rights conveyed through marriage.

Focus on the Family Action, which is based out of Colorado Springs, did not respond to requests for comment.

Buescher’s opponent, Collbran Republican Laura Bradford, said in an e-mail that she had no problem with the letter’s accusations.


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