October 12, 2008 10:00 PM
Colorado Sen. Shawn Mitchell AWOL on Veterans' causes
Claim: State Senate candidate Shawn Mitchell AWOL on support for veterans
Rocky Truth Patrol says: Just wrong
This mailing comes from 21st Century Colorado and shows empty combat boots on a stark white background that blares: "When veterans needed him most Shawn Mitchell went AWOL.''
Inside, the mailer says that "Mitchell opposed millions of dollars in funding for the Colorado Division of Veteran Affairs and veterans' nursing homes."
Then, it adds that "he even failed to support funding for homeless and disabled veterans."
On the opposite page, the mailer says: "Joe Whitcomb would never leave a good man behind. Joe Whitcomb: An Army Ranger knows what fighting's all about."
Shawn Mitchell is a conservative Republican who tends to support military causes, so this mailer seemed misleading from the get-go. Sure enough, this one is "just wrong."
On the first charge that Mitchell opposed spending for veterans, the 21st Century Democrats cite Colorado Senate Bill 07-239. It turns out that that bill is the entire state budget. And Mitchell is guilty of continually voting to slash spending.
"I voted against the budget because it was bloated and grew too fast and spent money we didn't have,'' Mitchell said. "I wanted there to be cuts in other places, not in the Department of Veterans Affairs."
On the second charge that Mitchell failed to support funding for homeless and disabled veterans, Mitchell was gone the day the vote took place. He was excused and said he would have supported that bipartisan measure. Regardless, we think it's a stretch to say Mitchell fails to support veterans based on these votes.
Said Mitchell: "It would be just silly if it weren't so sleazy."