Statehouse challenger links Buescher to ‘big-spending’ Ritter

Bradford outlines priorities for small Republican audience

Republican House District 55 candidate Laura Bradford borrowed a line from Gov. Bill Ritter on Friday when she challenged Mesa County voters to say, “Enough is enough” to her opponent, Democrat state Rep. Bernie Buescher.

Bradford, cheered on by more than a dozen local Republicans, said a vote for Buescher is a vote for higher fees and taxes.

“A vote for the chairman of the Joint Budget Committee is an automatic vote for Gov. Ritter’s big-spending agenda,” Bradford said.

Bradford also laid out her other key concerns: protecting small businesses, fighting pro-union legislation, combating sexual predators and promoting a strong energy industry.

She said on her first day in Denver she will push to pass Jessica’s Law, an anti-sexual predator measure setting out mandatory-minimum prison sentences for those who sexually assault children.

Buescher said Friday he, too, would support implementing Jessica’s Law in Colorado.

He also said Bradford is mistaken in blaming him for out of control state spending.

“We always have a balanced budget, and my job at the budget committee is to tell people, ‘No.’ … I’m the person who restrains spending,” Buescher said. “Anyone who has followed how the Legislature actually works knows that.”


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