On his radio show today, conservative talk radio host Jimmy Lakey called on congressional candidate Barbara Kirkmeyer, a Weld County Republican, to “rebuke” political advertisements that falsely label Kirkmeyer’s GOP opponents, Jan Kulmann and Lori Saine, “liberals.”
The ads, which are both digital and mailed fliers, are paid for by fellow conservatives who’ve been associated with Kirkmeyer in the past.
“It’s people that support Barbara Kirkmeyer,” said KCOL’s Lakey, referring to the Super PAC that sponsored the political ads targeting Kulmann and Saine.
“If there is no public rebuke from the Barbara Kirkmeyer camp of this evil Super PAC putting out this type of information, then I will choose on my ballot either Jan Kulmann or Lori Saine, and the other said candidates will not be under consideration,” said Lakey, who lives in the district and was himself a Republican congressional candidate in Colorado in 2010.
Colorado Conservatives for Retaking Congress, the conservative super PAC responsible for the ads, has earmarked $25,000 each for attacking Saine and Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann, according to OpenSecrets records. The group has a Colorado Springs business address with registered agent Katie Kennedy, who previously served as the registered agent for at least one organization that opposed Saine and supported Kirkmeyer.
“Calling Lori Saine, for example, a liberal? That is one of the silliest things I’ve ever heard of,” said Lakey on air on his Loveland station.
“Barbara, if you’re listening, you should rebuke this type of lying and dirty campaigning,” Lakey continued, adding that he’s “close” to Kirkmeyer, who did not respond to an email seeking comment on the ad.
Lakey himself is among the most hard-right media figures in Colorado, once comparing Michelle Obama to Chewbacca, the ape-like Star Wars character.
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The winner of the race will take on Democrat Yadira Caraveo to represent the district, which lies mostly north of Denver. An eighth congressional district was assigned to Denver after the 2020 Census.