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Walker Stapleton walks back comment calling local media ‘phony,’ avoids Tancredo talk

Author: 9News - September 6, 2018 - Updated: September 7, 2018

In this 2014 file photo, newly re-elected Republican Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton speaks to supporters during the GOP election night gathering, in Denver, Colo. Stapleton cited the possibility of fraud in the collection of voter signatures when he announced on April 10 that he will try to qualify for the Republican gubernatorial primary at the party’s assembly this weekend. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

Walker Stapleton’s spokesman says Stapleton was joking when he called local media “phony news organizations” over the weekend.

Stapleton was referring to Westword and the Colorado Independent, which first reported his comments.

The Stapleton team says it was a joke and that the Republican candidate for governor has a “demonstrated track record of respect for the press.”

Democrats are criticizing Stapleton for appearing at the event with his ally Tom Tancredo — the former congressman who got into the race for governor briefly in order to defend white nationalists.

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