For Immediate Release: October 22, 2006
Contact: James Thompson
“Special Interest Marilyn” Bites the Hand That Feeds Her
Musgrave contributor’s newspapers endorse Musgrave, and she deliberately misrepresents the newspapers’ views for political gain.
LOVELAND—It isn’t surprising that two newspapers owned and published by Edward Lehman, a contributor to Rep. Marilyn Musgrave’s re-election campaign, endorsed Musgrave. What is surprising is Musgrave’s reaction: to take the newspapers’ words and misquoting them in order to attack her opponent, State Rep. Angie Paccione.
On Saturday the Longmont Daily Times-Call and the Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald, both owned by Lehman Communications Corporation, endorsed Musgrave, and the single editorial that ran in both newspapers bemoaned the fact that “the negative nature of some aspects of the campaign has been unfortunate.”
That same day Musgrave’s campaign—which, along with the National Republican Congressional Committee, has been running 100 percent negative attack ads—touted the endorsement and misrepresented the endorsement’s content.
“Both editorials criticized the negative nature of Democrat Angie Paccione’s campaign, diplomatically describing Paccione’s tactics as ‘unfortunate,’” Musgrave’s release reads, misrepresenting one editorial as two, and deliberately ignoring criticisms of Musgrave’s own 100 percent negative campaign.
Adding to the twist, Publisher Edward Lehman has helped pay for Musgrave’s negative campaign. In the past year, Lehman has contributed $2,000 to Musgrave’s re-election campaign and $4,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, which has spent more than $1 million on attack ads against Paccione. Lehman has also contributed to Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo, Republican Congressional candidate Rick O’Donnell, and Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican partner in Musgrave’s agenda to ban gay marriage.
Paccione said it’s no surprise that Lehman’s newpapers endorsed Musgrave, but she criticized Musgrave for trying to mislead the public, as well as betraying the newspapers’ trust.
“Marilyn Musgrave is biting the hand that feeds her,” Paccione said. “In the course of betraying the newspapers that supported her, she has also betrayed the newspapers’ loyal readers, and all the citizens Loveland, Longmont, and beyond.”
Paccione also called on the editors of the Times-Call and the Reporter-Herald to disclose their publisher’s political donations on next Saturday’s editorial page, for the sake of fairness and to regain the trust of their readers.
“Marilyn is weaving a tangled web, and the voters are getting stuck in it,” Paccione said. “The people of Loveland and Longmont would like to trust their hometown newspaper to be fair, and it is the editors’ duty to uphold journalistic ethics and disclose that their boss contributed to these ‘unfortunate’ attack ads.”