COLORADO SPRINGS (PRWEB) August 22, 2006
Moderate Republicans banded together today with the launch of a website voicing their support for Jay Fawcett, Democratic candidate in Colorado’s 5th Congressional district.
The website (http://www.republicansforfawcett.com) includes information about Fawcett, and invites supporters to add their names, thoughts and donations. Among the district’s leading Republicans who have thrown their support behind Fawcett are Colorado Springs City Council Member Scott Hente, James Stewart, President of the Black Chamber of Commerce, and Colorado Springs business leaders Marv Strait and Jerry Hilderbrand.
The website grew out of frequent and surprisingly passionate calls and emails that the Fawcett campaign has received from Republicans who refused to support Doug Lamborn, the Republican challenger.
“We are incredibly gratified by this groundswell of support,” said Fawcett. “We are hearing from many of the 72 percent of Republican voters who did not cast a vote for my opponent in the Republican primary, and we welcome all others who are looking for an alternative to the intolerance and extremism he represents.”
In public statements, letters to the editor and other forums, life-long Republicans have voiced fears about Lamborn’s extreme views on a range of issues, and have raised concerns about both his lack of military experience and his understanding of military issues.
“I don't think Lamborn has ever been in the military, and we're a military town,” Marv Strait was quoted as saying in the Independent newspaper. “It seems to me that so much of our economy depends on having someone understand the military.”
“The voters of CD-5 have a clear choice this election,” said Fawcett. “Doug Lamborn represents the extreme evangelical fundamentalist right wing of the Republican Party. My campaign is uniting voters across this district in a bi-partisan effort. My campaign is about practical ideas that make sense to people in their daily lives.”
Fawcett’s broad appeal – his military background and small business experience – cuts across traditional political boundaries. He has been endorsed by individuals and organizations that represent the needs and wishes of the people of CD-5, including the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the former Supreme Allied Commander; The Retired Enlisted Association Senior Citizens League, VETPAC, organized labor and a number of leading Republicans in CD-5.
About Jay Fawcett
Colorado Springs resident Jay Fawcett is a graduate, former professor, and a former headquarters’ squadron commander of the Air Force Academy. He was deployed in the first Gulf War serving in Desert Shield and the initial helicopter assault into Iraq during Desert Storm. Fawcett was awarded a Bronze Star for his actions. At Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, Jay served on the staff of the Deputy Commander for Operations of Air Combat Command. In 1998, after serving his country in combat and during the Cold War, Lt Col Fawcett retired from the Air Force and began working as a defense contractor including support of US Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base. For more information on Jay and his campaign, visit http://www.fawcett4congress.com/