GOP Accuses Hick of Coverup, Tancredo Calls for Kelley’s Resignation

January 27, 2014
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TANCREDO: “The public deserves accountability and they deserve answers, and that starts with removing Barbara Kelley from her position

TANCREDO: “The public deserves accountability and they deserve answers, and that starts with removing Barbara Kelley from her position”

DENVER—Colorado Republicans are accusing the Hickenlooper administration of covering up for a fellow Democrat after failing to provide any evidence that a panel cleared Sen. Mark Udall of trying to intimidate state insurance regulators.

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo called for the resignation of Barbara Kelley, appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper as head the Department of Regulatory Affairs, while state Sen. Greg Brophy called the situation “unacceptable.”

“Either tell us what fox is watching the henhouse or tell us that it’s all a whitewash,” said Brophy in a statement. “Once again, we have an example of the failed leadership of Governor Hickenlooper.”

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo said Kelley should resign after insisting that a “neutral and objective panel” cleared Udall of bullying state regulators, but then providing no information to support the existence of a panel in response to an open-records request from the Colorado Observer.

“The public deserves accountability and they deserve answers, and that starts with removing Barbara Kelley from her position, and allowing a bipartisan legislative committee open access to all of the records related to Senator Udall’s efforts to influence regulators to conceal the very real and negative consequences ObamaCare is having on Colorado,” said Tancredo. “That is the only way to ensure a thorough, and truly ‘neutral and objective’ investigation of what really happened.”

A series of emails released by Complete Colorado earlier this month revealed Udall’s staff pressured state Division of Insurance officials to revamp figures showing that nearly 250,000 Coloradans had lost their insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar, also a Hickenlooper appointee, told the state legislature Jan. 14 that the email exchange was inconsequential, while Kelley released a statement the same day saying that an in-house panel had absolved Udall of any wrongdoing.

Tancredo accused the Hickenlooper administration of downplaying the episode in order to cover for a fellow Democrat. Both Udall and Hickenlooper are facing reelection in November, while Brophy and Tancredo are seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

“The Hickenlooper Administration’s pattern of deception on this scandal is extremely troubling,” said Tancredo. “It suggests that the governor’s primary focus throughout this scandal has always been the political interest of protecting a fellow liberal Democrat.”

In one November email from state insurance regulator Jo Donlin, she says that Udall’s office is trying to “trash” the state’s cancellation figures, but that she was holding firm. State officials have since said the number of insurance cancellations exceeds 335,000.

“The Hickenlooper Administration’s pattern of deception on this scandal is extremely troubling,” said Tancredo. “It suggests that the governor’s primary focus throughout this scandal has always been the political interest of protecting a fellow liberal Democrat.”

Colorado Republican Party chair Ryan Call joined those asking the Hickenlooper administration to come clean on the episode, calling the lack of transparency “astonishing.”

“The lack of honesty and accountability that Sen. Udall and Gov. Hickenlooper have displayed in this scandal is astonishing,” said Call. “Coloradans want to trust their government, but it’s clear that Sen. Udall and Gov. Hickenlooper are only concerned with their political careers, and not what’s best for the hard working people of Colorado.”

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2 Responses to GOP Accuses Hick of Coverup, Tancredo Calls for Kelley’s Resignation

  1. wrongheifer
    January 27, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    This state has gone off the rails under the Democrats…

    We’re taking the state back. You have been warned.

  2. Bob Terry
    February 1, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Right on Heifer ..There is no “equality” with the Democrats or the Liberal agenda..I’m ready to give Udall first and foremost the Bum’s Rush outta Colorado and Micheal Bennett the next one …these two hacks are for themselves the Democrats and “US” the People last. From Udall s double talking on Coal industry..stand on Jobs..etc He is clearly in Obama’s ass and the agenda ..
    I am so sick of hearing from dear leader Obama..He couldn’t lead a volunteer fireman’s band ..Petticoat Jct band was lead by those better than Obama and they were actors … But he’s the Chief in Theseban

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