Republican Chicanery on Display Early in HD33 Race

Dianne Primavera (D-Broomfield) represents the folks of House District 33 in the Colorado House of Representatives. Dianne campaigned for the office twice. In 2004 she went up against Republican and former Broomfield mayor Bill Berens. Despite getting no financial support from the state Democratic Party, she lost by less than 2,000 votes.

Berens sat on his doughy white ass for two years and watched as his few meager legislative offerings failed spectacularly. The Dems persuaded Dianne to try again, this time promising support.

As before, Dianne proved an effective and indefatigable campaigner. Well do I remember walking door-to-door with her on a 104-degree day in August 2006. When my shift ended, I went home and crashed in front of an air conditioner for several hours. Dianne refilled her water bottle, hooked up with another volunteer and kept knocking on doors for another four hours.

Overcoming Berens’ incumbency, Dianne won by some 800 votes. Her first legislative session, 2007, was nothing short of extraordinary.

But that exceptionally narrow margin of victory in 2006 renders HD33 a big honking target for the Republicans in 2008. Enter Nick Kliebenstein, a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Kliebenstein is running for the HD33 seat as a Republican. He blabbers on about government acting as a mere “umpire” and allowing the Holy Free Market do all the actual work of turning our state into a laissez faire utopia.

It’s early yet, but the Kliebenstein campaign already has its tit in a wringer. Colorado Ethics Watch reports that the campaign has collected at least three individual contributions (one from a construction company owner, two from oil company officers) of $800. Trouble is, by law individuals can donate no more than $400 to a House candidate per election cycle. Oops!

After Ethics Watch filed a formal complaint with the Secretary of State, the campaign submitted “amended” reports stating that the three individuals in question only donated $400 apiece. The remaining money came from their wives. Yeah, uh, that’s right. The wives.

Kliebenstein’s people blame the whole mess on a “technical glitch” with the Secretary of State’s website. So much for personal responsibility.

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  • Nick Kliebenstein  On October 23, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Please understand that this is the first and last time I will be responding to this site. After reading this article as well as others I debated on whether or not to even acknowledge an attack from this site given its crude and offensive content. However after some consideration I decided everyone was entitlled to have the truth, even those who may not want it. I have included a link to the official letter from the SOS office confirming that there was indeed a computer malfunction that caused this issue.

    Once and only once this is Nick Kliebenstein (not “Kliebenstein’s people”)

  • genghishitler  On October 24, 2007 at 7:04 am

    Thanks for stopping by, Mr. Kliebenstein. To my knowledge you’re the first political candidate ever to visit this obscure little backwater of the blogosphere.

    The Secretary of State letter you linked is nice and all, but we both know that it doesn’t actually address the basis of CEW’s complaint, nor does it add materially to information contained in the Daily Camera article linked above. However, please rest assured that if CEW withdraws its complaint, or the SoS finds the complaint without merit, I’ll tell my two or three readers all about it forthwith. Fairness counts, even to the crude and offensive.

    Good luck with your campaign.



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