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What’s the difference between OwenHillForCongress.com and OwenHill.info?

Author: Dan Njegomir - July 18, 2017 - Updated: July 19, 2017

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In politics? Say it ain’t so: A website that appears to flatter congressional candidate and state Sen. Owen Hill actually mocks him. (OwenHill.info)

…Not all that much, at first blush. Except that OwenHillForCongress.com aims to elect the youthful Republican state senator from Colorado Springs to the 5th Congressional District seat of incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn — while OwenHill.info is an attempt to derail Hill’s upstart, GOP primary challenge. Other than that, both feature ample photos of Hill with his lovely family and recite his virtues — the latter site doing so sarcastically, of course.

Oh, and OwenHill.info has been taken down since we first started making inquiries; thank goodness for Google and cached pages.

The gist of the thinly veiled attack site? That Hill isn’t what he seems to be. Sure, “Owen loves children,” yet, as the site’s anonymous authors contend, Hill “introduced a law that failed 0 – 5 in committee that would have removed labels from candy marijuana for children. …[Read p.6 of Hill’s law HERE].” Sure, “Owen will lower taxes,” yet he “voted with Democrats to gut the Taxpayers Bill of Rights” by supporting the much-debated Senate Bill 267 in committee even though he ultimately voted against it on the Senate floor.

There are photos, too, of Hill “smiling with top Democrats” and, in one thumbnail, looking just a little like Jack Nicholson in “The Shining.” You get the idea.

So, why do we rush breathlessly to bring you the latest installments of such campaign hijinks — hardly unprecedented — when we all claim to hate negative campaigning? Partly, to get it on the record; partly, because we tend to rubber-neck at traffic accidents. And partly, because we all secretly enjoy the smackdown.

In this case, a spokesman for Lamborn assured us the congressman and his campaign had nothing to do with any of it  (a point the mock site echoes in its own disclaimer).

A skeptical Hill sneered at that assurance. He texted us:

“Ha. Just goes to show how out of touch Lamborn is. He can’t run on his own record so he’s getting others to make up stuff about mine. This is exactly the type of shady, nameless, dirty politics that makes us all distrust career DC politicians.”

Even though Lamborn’s campaign as well as the site itself say there is no connection between Lamborn and the site?

“DC politicians are used to disavowing everything. He needs to come clean with the voters in our community. “

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is the opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.