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Beauprez to Perlmutter: About that green bank deal…

Posted by Kelly Maher on November 1st, 2010
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Former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, Republican of Colorado, has said that his successor in the 7th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., is “not only wrong, he’s corrupt.”

Beauprez (whom I once worked for) made the statement when he endorsed Ryan Frazier, Perlmutter’s opponent, last month. It was picked up by The Colorado Statesman in an Oct. 22 article.

Beauprez won the newly drawn 7th Congressional District back in 2002 by 121 votes, less than one-third of a vote per precinct. When he ran again in 2004, he won the district handily.

In an interview I did with him Oct. 16, Beauprez ripped Perlmutter’s voting record as reflecting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s priorities and not those of the 7th Congressional District. You can read that here.

When I asked Beauprez about his remark that Perlmutter is “corrupt,” he said this…

BEAUPREZ: “You know, I served in Congress. And I think I know what self-serving, insider dealing looks like. The Washington Times exposed it in an above the fold front-page [2009] story. Ed Perlmutter stuffed inside legislation in Congress a provision that would benefit - give a tax benefit to a bank that he was a shareholder in - [New Resource] Bank, I think, is the name of it, in California. I don’t know, that’s insider dealing to me. That’s corruption to me. I think it’s inexcusable.

“Why it hasn’t become a huge story in the Denver media is one question, but why Ed Perlmutter would think he could get away with it is really the question. That’s not representing the people of the 7th Congressional District, that’s representing Ed Perlmutter’s interests.”

Perlmutter defends his actions in this statement on his website.

Read it for yourself. For me, it raised more questions than it answered.

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