Friday, January 4, 2013 
CONTACT: Alan Franklin, Political Director at 303-991-1900

DENVER: Learning today of the vote by Colorado’s Rep. Doug Lamborn against relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, released the following statement:

“It’s a disgrace to the entire state of Colorado that Rep. Doug Lamborn would vote against disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy, less than a year after asking the federal government for additional assistance in the wake of the devastating Waldo Canyon fire,” said ProgressNow Colorado political director Alan Franklin. “This is a shocking act of hypocrisy and cold-heartedness that every citizen of our state has an obligation to repudiate.”

Last spring, Rep. Lamborn co-sponsored legislation in Congress to restrict disaster declarations. At the time, Lamborn claimed that there was a need to restrain President Barack Obama’s “very generous use of ‘disaster declarations.’” After the Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs in June, however, Lamborn requested additional FEMA disaster relief assistance for his district, and even toured the fire area with President Obama. 1

“That Rep. Lamborn would turn his back on fellow Americans and victims of a terrible disaster, so soon after seeking the same kind of aid for his own constituents, is outrageous and totally unacceptable,” said Franklin. “The states affected by Hurricane Sandy did not oppose Lamborn’s request for FEMA disaster relief aid last summer—if anything, they helped pay for it. This is not the way we treat our neighbors in Colorado. Every Coloradan with a shred of decency should be outraged, and we have an obligation to tell the rest of the nation, loud and clear, that Lamborn’s disgraceful hypocrisy does not represent Colorado.”