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Anti-‘waste’ group calls Colorado Republicans heroes, Democrats darn-near zeroes

Author: Joey Bunch - May 17, 2018 - Updated: May 17, 2018

Doug Lamborn wasteU.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs poses with President Trump in the White House in May. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas)

When it comes to keeping an eye on how government money is spent, Colorado’s Republican delegation to Washington has superpowers.

That’s the estimation of the conservative Council for Citizens Against Government Waste. The Washington, D.C-based nonprofit put the four in the “Taxpayer Hero” category of its latest rankings.

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs scored 99 percent, with Rep. Ken Buck of Windsor close behind at 98. Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora scored a 90, followed by Sen. Cory Gardner of Yuma with 89 and Rep. Scott Tipton of Cortez with 86.

Democrats from Colorado did poorly — very poorly. They fell into a category called “hostile.”

Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder scored 5 percent, followed by Sen. Michael Bennet of Denver with 4, then Rep. Diana DeGette of Denver and Ed Perlmutter of Arvada with just 3 percent each.

“I’m grateful for the recognition this award brings,” said Lamborn, who is in a four-way GOP primary on June 26. “I’ll continue to battle government waste. Our taxpayers deserve nothing less.”

The organization says it lauds members of Congress “who stand up for taxpayers and ignore the temptations of satisfying local or special interests. However, those who support a big-government agenda should be prepared to face the consequences for their spendthrift behavior.”

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.