“So when I see the ads from Cory Gardner’s allies attacking John Hickenlooper about 9/11, it makes me sick. It’s just a lousy smear campaign.”
Hickenlooper for Colorado released a new TV ad titled “Real Integrity” today featuring retired Denver Fire Chief and former Colorado Homeland Security Director Larry Trujillo. In the ad, Trujillo speaks to John Hickenlooper’s character and support for first responders, especially after 9/11. Trujillo denounces the false attacks against Hickenlooper and shames Senator Cory Gardner’s allies for exploiting 9/11 in their political smear campaign.
TRUJILLO: Firefighters, we always have each other’s backs. We’re a family.
The guy that’s always had our backs was John Hickenlooper.
John, he did everything he could to help first responders, especially in the years after 9/11.
So when I see the ads from Cory Gardner’s allies attacking John Hickenlooper about 9/11, it makes me sick. It’s just a lousy smear campaign.
I know John Hickenlooper. He’s a great guy with real integrity.
HICKENLOOPER: I’m John Hickenlooper and I approve this message.
As a reminder, there is no 9/11 fund – that’s a lie by Republican operatives. The fund referenced in their false smears is leftover ‘state fiscal relief’ from a 2003 federal law. This fund has been used by every Governor since then, Republican and Democrat, on state expenses.
- President Bush did not mention 9/11 in his remarks at the signing ceremony of the “Jobs And Growth Tax Reconciliation Act.” – George Bush White House Archive
- The ‘Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003’ “Provides $10 billion for State and local government assistance and $10 billion for Medicaid assistance through September 30, 2004. Amends the Social Security Act to add a new title, Temporary State Fiscal Relief” – Congress.gov
- “‘Post-9/11 Recovery Funds?’ You Mean the ‘Bush Tax Cuts?’” – Colorado Pols
- “These funds were intended to provide antirecession fiscal stimulus to the national economy and to help close state budget shortfalls due to the recession that began in March 2001.” – U.S. Government Accountability Office
- “For the past dozen years, the fund has been treated as a highly discretionary tool in the budgetary tool belts of Colorado’s governors, granting them wide flexibility over how its money was spent.” – Denver Post