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Colorado U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn throws shade at GOP primary challenger Darryl Glenn

Author: Ernest Luning - July 13, 2017 - Updated: July 13, 2017

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn speaks during the GOP congressional debate at Centennial Hall in Colorado Springs on Monday, June 16, 2014. (File photo by Julia Moss/The Gazette)Incumbent U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn speaks during the GOP congressional debate at Centennial Hall in Colorado Springs on Monday, June 16, 2014. (File photo by Julia Moss/The Gazette)

Darryl who?

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn didn’t have time until late Wednesday to comment on news he’ll be facing a second challenger in next year’s Republican primary for his seat representing Colorado’s 5th Congressional District.

At the end of last week, El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, the GOP’s 2016 U.S. Senate nominee, was telling key Republicans he planned to join state Sen. Owen Hill in next year’s primary for Lamborn’s seat, Colorado Politics was first to report. A few days earlier, Hill said he planned to report raising $225,000 in the fundraising quarter just ended, a record sum since Lamborn has been in office. Things were heating up in the heavily Republican district.

But Lamborn, a six-term incumbent who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, was on the other side of the world, traveling with the panel’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee on a fact-finding trip in Asia and elsewhere in the Pacific until late Sunday. He would be nearly impossible to reach, an aide said, because of time-zone differences and the classified nature of some of the trip’s proceedings.

Come Monday, Lamborn still hadn’t arrived stateside — the congressional delegation encountered unexpected delays on its return trip — and had yet to weigh in on the growing Republican field hoping to unseat him.

A couple more days passed before Lamborn campaign spokesman Jarred Rego was able to get back to Colorado Politics with his boss’s take on Glenn’s entrance in the race, and it could be a dismissive comeback for the ages.

“The congressman is working on numerous policy amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act ahead of its expected passage this week,” Rego said. “His focus is on polices that strengthen our national security needs and protect and grow our local military missions, not on the ambitions of local politicians.”

Ouch. That might leave a mark.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.


  • Tannim

    July 13, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Yet Knucklehead is a local politician, who just happens to waste tax dollars keeping a federal seat warm.

  • Jeffrey

    July 13, 2017 at 8:13 am

    “Throws shade”? Seriously?

  • Stan

    July 13, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Lamebrain is off on another junket.

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