Two ads from outside groups have hammered Republican Joe Coors as âextremeâ but Coors fights back in a new spot that debuts today, saying his Democratic opponent Ed Perlmutter is the one who is too extreme.
The ad highlights two criminal-justice votes Congressman Perlmutter made while serving in the Colorado State Senate.
Perlmutter spokeswoman Leslie Oliver burst out laughing when she heard Coors was describing the congressman as extreme.
âThe money being poured in against Joe from outside groups is on track to break records,â she said, adding her calculations show the amount spent so far attacking Coors is more than what is being spent in the stateâs other six congressional races combined.
Hereâs the script from the latest Coors ad:
âIâm Joe Coors. I approve this messageâ
Announcer: Congressman Ed Perlmutterâs Washington buddies are smearing Joe Coors with false, negative ads.
Extreme? Thatâs Ed Perlmutter.
Ed Perlmutter voted against the law that protects victims of child abuse from having to face their abusers in court.
And Extreme Ed Perlmutter voted against Coloradoâs law allowing the use of DNA evidence to convict sexual predators years later.
Extreme? Thatâs Ed Perlmutter.
In 1996, Perlmutter voted against a bill from fellow Democrat Bob Martinez that would have allowed children to testify via closed-circuit television when testifying against their abusers.
âSenator Martinez, I was going to support your bill and I think it has good intentions and a need,â Perlmutter said, at the time.
But Perlmutter, an attorney, noted the portion of the state Constitution that read that in criminal prosecutions, the accused has the right to âappear and defend in person and by counsel to demand the nature and cause of the accusation to meet the witnesses against him face to face.â
âAnd I feel â" I feel for that â" but thatâs a prohibition and restriction that I cannot overcome no matter how much I like what youâre trying to do there. As a consequence, Iâm going to vote âno,ââ Perlmutter said.
Coorsâ campaign maintains there was legal precedence for Perlmutter to support testifying by closed-circuit TV.
Martinez, a Commerce City senator who was term limited at the turn of the century, lives in the 7th Congressional District, which Perlmutter represents. Martinez said there were no hard feelings over Perlmutterâs vote, and he will be supporting the congressman in November.
He said he and Perlmutter at one point shared at an office at the state Capitol. âI saw how hard he works and how downhome he is with his constituents,â Martinez said.
In 2001, Perlmutter was only one of three senators to vote against a bill that removed the limitation period of 10 years for most sexual assault crimes. He said at the time he thought it was unconstitutional.
Oliver said in that same year Perlmutter got a 100 percent rating from the Colorado Womenâs Agenda.
âThis is a desperate response by someone like Joe Coors, who is too extreme for the people of Colorado,â she said.
âThe fact is Joe Coorsâ actions of calling the less fortunate ârednecks,â supporting plans to end Medicare for seniors, raising taxes on the middle class, and outlawing a womanâs right to choose and make her own medical decisions is out of touch and too extreme for the hardworking people in the 7th CD.
âWhether 16 years ago or today, Ed Perlmutter, the father of three daughters, has a proven record of being tough on crime and protecting victims.â
Perlmutterâs campaign so far has run only one ad, which features a former Navy SEAL and his wife talking about how the congressman helped them.