Tuesday, May 29, 2012
CONTACT: Alan Franklin, Political Director at 303-991-1900

DENVER: Responding to a campaign stop by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Craig, Colorado today, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, offered the following statement:

“We call on Mitt Romney to stop misleading the public about Colorado’s growing and prosperous new energy economy,” said ProgressNow Colorado political director Alan Franklin. “It’s rare to see a candidate’s message implode as quickly and as completely as Mitt Romney’s did in Craig this morning. The first news reports of Romney’s speech in Craig are an absolute embarrassment, with not even the chairman of the Colorado Republican Party able to back up Mitt Romney’s absurd and baseless attacks on one of Colorado’s most important drivers of jobs and growth.”

In a Politico story today, reporter Reid Epstein notes that despite Romney’s complaints about Obama’s regulations on energy production, “the regulations about which [local Republicans] complained were implemented by state officials,” not the Obama administration. 1 Coal production in Colorado is increasing, not dropping. 2 The New York Times quotes the chairman of the Colorado Republican Party calling the improving economy in Craig and other energy-producing areas of Colorado “a good thing,” and the mayor of Craig stating flatly that “the policies of the federal government really aren’t that impactful to us.” 3 Later, Romney asked the crowd, “[Obama] said he was going to create some 5 million green energy jobs. Have you seen those around here anywhere?” 4

“According to the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., Colorado’s clean technology sector grew by almost 33% between 2005 and 2010 and has added thousands of good-paying jobs to Colorado’s economy—one of the only sectors of our economy to grow in the recent recession,” said ProgressNow Colorado’s Franklin. 5 “For Romney to deny the existence of such a vital part of Colorado’s economic future shows how out of touch he is with our state’s priorities.”

“Mitt Romney is making a fool of himself every time he visits Colorado,” said Franklin. “Once again, he’s using our state as a backdrop for his deceptive attacks, even attacking thousands of workers and billions invested in some of Colorado’s most important industries. It’s appalling, and the people of Colorado won’t forget it in November.”