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Musgrave Deceives Her Constituents About Rocky Mountain National Park - 8/5/2006

For Immediate Release: August 5, 2006
Contact: James Thompson
(970) 222-6397

Musgrave Deceives Her Consituents About Rocky Mountain National Park

Marilyn Musgrave sides with special interests, spreads falsehoods about wilderness designation for Colorado’s crown jewel.

FORT COLLINS—In an op-ed that appeared in local newspapers, Marilyn Musgrave deliberately misrepresented the truth about the proposed wilderness designation of Rocky Mountain National Park, which she opposes, in order to please her special-interest backers.

According to an August 2 article in the Fort Collins Weekly, the opinion piece written by Musgrave and Sen. Wayne Allard contained blatant falsehoods about the supposed effects the potential wilderness designation would have on the park.

The Weekly article quoted a RMNP spokesperson as saying Musgrave’s op-ed is “wrong,” and that the statements contained therein are “untrue or misleading.”

“There she goes again,” said Musgrave’s opponent Angie Paccione, who supports wilderness designation for RMNP. “She’s spreading false information in order to block sensible legislation and please the special interests that oppose it.”

Experts and park officials say wilderness designation for the park would have no effect on how the park is currently managed, contrary to Musgrave’s claims. Virtually all surrounding communities and stakeholders have expressed their support for the designation.

“This isn’t the first time she’s misled her constituents to protect the special interests and powerful politicians in Washington, and it won’t be the last,” Paccione said. “This is the same kind of deceptive behavior we’ve seen from her pals Tom DeLay, Duke Cunningham and Jack Abramoff. But the voters won’t be fooled. They know that it’s time for principled leadership in Congress for a change.”

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