Democratic ‘Super Pac’ Targets Tipton in Bid for Majority

August 13, 2011

SUMMIT COUNTY — A group of seasoned Democratic congressional leaders has banded together in a political action committee that has the goal of unseating the Republican House majority in the 2012 election.

The group is taking aim at some of what they say are most vulnerable Republicans, including Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton, who has been faulted for alleged ethics lapses.

The House Majority PAC launched its offensive with an ad blitz on cable TV during the August recess, taking direct aim at Tipton, who steered office funds toward a relative’s company, a no-no for elected officials.

The PAC is counting on the same wave of voter discontent and disgust with Congress that swept a wave of Tea Party Republicans into power in the last election. The group is set up as a super PAC that can take unlimited contributions. It’s spending a six-figure sum for this initial ad blitz, which also targets Tim Griffin of Arkansas and Chip Cravaack of Minnesota.

Polls suggest voters are still dissatisfied with Congress. The PAC cited a recent New York Times?CBS poll that gave Congress an 82 percent disapproval rating in the wake of the recent budget debacle. Only 14 percent of registered voters think that most members of Congress deserve re-election, according to the poll.

“It only took eight months, but the American people are disgusted with House Republicans like Congressman Scott Tipton for their misguided priorities, whether it’s over ethics problems or votes to throw middle class families under the bus,” said PAC director Alixandria Lapp.

Tipton defeated Democrat John Salazar in a tight contest that reflects Colorado’s growing importance as a swing state. Watch the attack ad video here.