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Congressional hopeful Sal Pace displays a hothead

By | February 9th, 2012

A funding bill at the Colorado House of Representatives passed on Thursday without a special allocation of $451,000 for demolition of an asbestos-contaminated building, which had been requested by state Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo.

Pace, who is also running to represent Colorado in Congress, showed his temper during the floor debate, which you can see in the video above.

The funding Pace sought was stripped from the funding bill on Tuesday, with Rep. Keith Swerdfeger, R-Pueblo West, casting the deciding vote, according to the Pueblo Chieftain, which has more details on potential uses of the property.

The dispute on final reading of the House Bill 1200 on Thursday kicked off after Pace briefly reiterated his opposition to the bill. His demeanor heated up after Joint Budget Committee Chairwoman Cheri Gerou, R-Evergreen, challenged Pace…

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker Pro Tem,” began Gerou. “Members, I want you to know that I do respect Rep. Pace, and I went back and I actually called the architect of the state and I asked him about this particular project. And what he told me was back in August when Rep. Pace sent the letter to the Capital Development Committee, they took a look at it on the committee and what they found out was that basically when they talked to the local entity that is dealing with this building, that they were not concerned about it.

“And not only were they not concerned about it but they don’t even have it on their list of buildings to be worried about for the next five years. And my concern was the safety of the children and the women - the way it was talked about yesterday - and I was told that it is not an issue that needs to be at the primary point on the list from Capital Development. And he [the state architect] reiterated the process that Capital Development goes through when they’re selecting the buildings that need, and he said that the list that is presented forward right now is the appropriate list and I just want you to know that the architect of the state did not concur with Rep. Pace’s recommendation.”

Despite Rep. Gerou’s professional tone, her assessment of the situation seemed to set off Pace’s fist-like rhetoric:

“Thank you Mr. Speaker Pro Tem,” said Pace, back at the microphone. “I planned on coming down here and making a ten-second statement, sitting down, and voting ‘no.’ Since Rep. Gerou has decided to tell me what the people in Pueblo think, that the locals aren’t concerned - I would never dare come to this mic and say what the people of Evergreen think and what they want. That is beyond the pale. I brought a letter from the City Council up to this podium two days ago. It’s being disregarded. Don’t tell me what my city thinks. I know what they think because they’ve told me. I’m voting ‘no.’ I’m fine if you vote ‘yes,’ but don’t tell me what my constituents want.”

Pace’s fierce reaction was unprofessional. The people of Colorado’s Third District will decide whether they want that kind of hothead representing them in Washington, D.C.

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