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Angie Paccione Answers Call to Represent CD-4 - 5/20/2006

May 20, 2006
Contact: Gary Chandler (970) 308-0986




“I will stand up to the culture of corruption in Washington, D.C.

—State Rep. Angie Paccione brought a packed house to its feet this morning at the 2006 Colorado Democratic Assembly.

Accompanied by a marching band of local college students, Paccione gave a rousing speech to officially kick off her candidacy for Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District. She shared the stage with U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, U.S. Reps. John Salazar, Mark Udall Diana DeGette, Colorado Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff, Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, and the Democratic candidate for governor, Bill Ritter.

“We need real leadership, for a change,” Paccione told the assembly. “I will stand up to the culture of corruption in Washington, D.C., in the halls of Congress, and in the White House. I will stand up for the American workers, for the business owners, for the farmers. I will stand up for our seniors, for our youth, and for future generations. And I will stand up for you!”

Paccione’s speech was greeted with resounding cheers and a standing ovation from the assembly, and it followed a unanimous vote by Fourth District delegates confirming her candidacy. Friday evening, Rep. Paccione officially accepted the nomination as the Democratic candidate for Colorado’s Congressional Fourth District at a meeting of the district’s delegates.

Colorado Democratic Party Chair Pat Waak told delegates, “For the first time, we’re banking on winning in CD-4 in the state of Colorado!”

Delegate Robert Stack, a retired Air Force colonel, teacher, and current member of the Greeley/Evans School District 6 Board of Education, nominated Rep. Paccione, and dozens of delegates seconded the nomination.

Stack said of Paccione, “We have someone who has worked with D’s, R’s and U’s, and if she can do that, imagine what she can do in Washington, D.C.

He added, “She’s got a walk in her step that says, ‘Get on her side, because she’s going to make things happen.’”

Senator Ken Salazar, Congressman Mark Udall, and Congressman John Salazar also had fine words for Angie Paccione. Congressman Salazar said Paccione, "will be the next Congresswoman from this district." Salazar, who served with Paccione in the state legislature, added, "I know that she has stood up for the working men and women of the U.S., and I know she has stood up for farmers and ranchers."

During her speech Saturday, Paccione told state assembly participants, “This country is in desperate need of real leadership, for a change.” She also challenged her Republican opponent, Marilyn Musgrave, to a debate “any time, any place.”

While this weekend’s Republican State Assembly was tainted by internal bickering, the Colorado Democratic Assembly stood unified behind their candidates for office, including Paccione.

“We’re sending out a positive message to every voter in the state of Colorado,” Paccione later said. “And we’re kicking the campaign for the Fourth into high gear.”



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