TV Ads Attacking Morse Challenger Deemed “False and Reckless”

August 19, 2013
Supporters of embattled Democrat Sens. Angela Giron and John Morse are trying to shift voters' focus from gun control to abortion

Supporters of embattled Democrat lawmakers Angela Giron and John Morse are trying to shift voters’ focus from gun control to abortion

COLO. SPRINGS – Fighting the recall of Democrat Senate President John Morse, a liberal 527 committee is airing a TV ad that falsely claims Republican Bernie Herpin supports the Personhood Amendment and a “ban on common forms of birth control.”

Herpin is pro-life, but he has never supported the Personhood Amendment or signed a petition to put the measure on the ballot.

Colorado statutes prohibit ads with false statements – but the Colorado Springs-Pueblo TV stations have refused to yank the ads paid for by the We Can Do Better Committee.

The TV ad contains “false and reckless statements” said KVOR talk radio host Jeff Crank and Laura Carno of I Am Created Equal. Crank and Carno support the recall of Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo).

Crank and Carno sent a written notice to the TV stations – KRDO, KKTV, KOAA and KXRM – and cited Colorado Revised Statute section 1-13-109 which prohibits dissemination and broadcasting of knowingly false statements in ads, letter and mailers to influence electors.

“Under the law, these ads must be taken off the air and I call on John Morse and (Sen.) Angela Giron to have the guts to condemn these untruthful, despicable, exploitative ads,” said Crank in a statement.

“Our decision is to keep running the advertisement,” responded Tim Larson, general manager of KRDO. “You should contact Josette Jamillo, Registered Agent of We Can Do Better Colorado.”

The TV stations have been informed of the 527 committee’s false statements – but that might not be news to them.

Matthew Warner, attorney with Alpern Myers Stuart, noted that the TV ad cites a story in which Herpin declared he has never supported the Personhood Amendment.  In essence, the ad documents that its content is dishonest.

Crank said that We Can Do Better Colorado knew the ad was dishonest and that “there is no evidence that Bernie Herpin supported the Personhood Amendment yet they tied him with another candidate who does.”

The 527 committee’s ad attacks Herpin, who is running to replace Morse in Colorado Springs, and George Rivera, who is campaigning to replace Giron in Pueblo.

“I make no apologies for my belief in the sanctity of life. Senator Giron, no more shell games. Stay on the issues. Debate me!” tweeted Rivera, who supports the Personhood Amendment and signed a petition to place the initiative on the ballot.

Herpin stated his pro-life stance in a Pikes Peak Citizens for Life survey – but he did not declare support for the Personhood Amendment.

The 527 committee’s ad omits that Herpin stated his support for embryonic stem cell research in the survey – a position that “directly contradicts the Personhood Amendment,” said Crank.

“I’ve fought untruthful ads from both political parties for many years now but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen such an absolute lie in a political ad,” said Crank. “People have little faith in politicians because of untrue, dishonest ads like this one.”

“They lied and they knew they lied,” said Crank.

In conjunction with the TV ad, the 527 committee sent mailers replaying the Democrats’ strategy to use abortion as a wedge issue to defeat Republican candidates.

“There have been two consistent and central tenets of the Democratic playbook for most of the last two decades: 1) Energize female voters and maximize the gender gap; 2) Use perceived Republican extremism around various social issues to accomplish goal number one,” said political analyst Eric Sondermann.

The TV ad to fight the recall of Morse and Giron portrays Herpin and Rivera as extremists who support “a ban on common forms of birth control,” a common attack leveled by opponents of the proposed Personhood Amendment, which Colorado voters soundly rejected in 2008 and 2010.

“Senator Morse is trying to distract voters from his agenda of gun laws that he known won’t make us safer, and his refusal to listen to constituents,” Carno told KDVR political news reporter Eli Stokols.

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8 Responses to TV Ads Attacking Morse Challenger Deemed “False and Reckless”

  1. Bob Terry
    August 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Boils down to two things…
    1) They got paid for advertising and plain and simple they aren’t returning revenue
    2) They are uninterested in the truth or whether it is truthful or factual .. Which means they are Pro Democrat Pro Morse Pro Giron… and truth disclosed or not and outright lies DO NOT Matter.

    Like our own little NBC CBS ABC MSNBC CNN in southern Colorado ..we’ll tell YOU what you need to hear …and You’ll listen to these ads …

    If I owned a business …I’d yank all my advertising off of them … and bite the bullet and take it as a loss … but again if an honorable candidate spewed stuff like that ..I’m sure it would be yanked post haste … the only right thing to do ..

  2. wrongheifer
    August 20, 2013 at 9:02 am

    The ONLY way to effect the Media… is in their wallet… That is their only driving force. They are as unethical as the day is long… MONEY and RATINGS so stop watching and don’t advertise with them!

    • Stephanie Richter
      August 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      I’m so sorry to see that the media in Colorado Springs has stooped so low. Guess money is the only thing that counts anymore. Truth does not matter any longer. And to think I use to be a part of them, many years ago.

  3. August 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Sadly, these laws never seem to be enforced.
    Multiple violations, reported to jurisdictions across the state for violations in 2012 were never even investigated, much less prosecuted.

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