DENVER – The conservative group that gained national notoriety with a billboard campaign that put the mug of Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad next to those of President Obama and U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter to attack restrictive White House energy policies launched a fresh salvo yesterday, this time against the President’s controversial health care law.
The 28 billboards, which will begin appearing in Grand Junction and the Denver area this week, take aim at U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (R-Lakewood) as well as Democratic U.S. House candidates Joe Miklosi (D-Aurora) and Sal Pace (D-Pueblo) for their support of Obamacare, which raises taxes.
The billboards targeting Perlmutter proclaim, “OBAMACARE TAX: WHO’S TO BLAME?” and then list the names of President Obama and Perlmutter, who voted to approve the still largely unpopular health care law.
“Ed Perlmutter has consistently supported President Obama’s $1 trillion national takeover of healthcare despite clear evidence that it limits healthcare choices, increases costs, and cuts Medicare by $500 billion,” the group’s President T.Q. Houlton said in a statement.
Perlmutter has been accused repeatedly in the last week of politicizing the Aurora theater tragedy, most recently after the Lakewood Democrat referenced the shootings as one justification for passing ObamaCare.
Houlton said the timing of the billboards’ launch had been previously determined and had nothing to do with Perlmutter’s comments.
The billboards targeting Pace and Miklosi are worded differently from those blasting Perlmutter, asking instead, “OBAMACARE TAX: WHO’S IN FAVOR?” before listing the names of one of the two Democrat House hopefuls.
Houlton says the wording may be slightly different, but that the message is the same.
“Sal Pace and Joe Miklosi have done everything in their power to support ObamaCare at the state level,” Houlton said.
The unveiling of the billboard campaign, Compass Colorado’s third, coincides with upcoming visits to the state by both the President and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.