Previewing his campaign’s plan of attack against likely opponent John Hickenlooper, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) told Elbert County Republicans that his campaign will talk about the claims of ethics violations filed by a dark-money conservative group.
Even in its purest form, political opposition research is by its nature a fishing expedition. Researchers scour public records for evidence of lawbreaking or wrongdoing by their target. Any evidence found can then be used for legal action, media pitches or paid advertising.
Former Colorado Special Assistant Attorney General Mike Davis was busted by national media last week for tweeting an inflammatory fake photo.
State Sen. Vicki Marble (R-Fort Collins), who is currently under an ethics investigation for allegedly allowing an oil and gas company to pay for a public event, is also having some ethical trouble in the virtual world.