October 20th, 2010
02:16 PM ET
12 years ago

A case of mistaken identity in Colorado

(CNN) - Freshman Democrat from Colorado, Rep. Betsy Markey has a message for her Republican opponent state Rep. Cory Gardner–there are two Markeys in Congress.

Markey's campaign is firing back at a recent ad released by Gardner's campaign accusing Markey of "voting for the most fiscally irresponsible budget in history." One problem- wrong Markey. Betsy Markey actually voted against the Obama administration's budget. The confusion stems from the fact that the other Markey in Congress, Rep. Ed Markey a Democrat from Massachusetts voted yes.

In a statement released Tuesday, the Markey campaign, who is in the home stretch of their re-election bid, calls the new attack "lousy" and encourages Rep. Gardner to "research his claims a little better" and refers him to google.com. "If Rep. Gardner can't figure out how this whole voting system works, how can he be trusted to actually read bills?" the statement adds.

Gardner's spokeswoman Rachel Boxer had this to say about the apparent mistaken identity: "Rep. Markey can try to use this to change the subject all she wants, but the fact remains that she has voted for Nancy Pelosi's job-killing agenda 94 percent of the time, and within her first 50 days in Congress, Rep. Markey recklessly spent a billion dollars an hour, approving $1.2 trillion in new spending."

Boxer also provided CNN with the updated version of the ad.

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Filed under: Betsy Markey • Cory Gardner
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. UrAverageJoe

    Typical politician – don't apologize and admit your mistake – just deflect. Ms. Boxer and Mr. Gardner are poor excuses for adults. If you can't apologize when you've done something wrong or made a mistake, your value as a human being isn't very much!

    October 20, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Jimmy

    Don't confuse those poor Republicans with facts. They're much happier in their ignorance thinking it's bliss. Wrong. And wrong for America.

    October 20, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Eric in Denver

    Betsy Markey is just another Nancy Pelosi. If you like Nancy, big government, socialized healthcare, and record deficits Betsy is your person. If not vote for Cory Gardner

    October 20, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    GOP dopes

    October 20, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Observer

    Just another Republican making a fool of themself. This election is just loaded with them.
    Gardner seems like just the kind of poorly-vetted candidate that the poorly-vetted Palin would endorse and sure enough she did. You betcha. It's right here on the notes she scribbled on her hands.

    October 20, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Rosslaw

    Republicans aren't happy unless the money vanishes into UBS Switzerland with nothing to show for it.

    October 20, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. geecee

    Minor detail. So what if Republican ads and pundits confuse politicians and the states they represent? Palin gave a "shout out" to Raese the other day stating in her tweet that Pennsylvia needs him – even though he is running in West Virginia. No big deal. Republicants don't have to get anything right, they never have and never will. Their angry hate-filled voters will get out there on November 2nd, (or is November 3rd election day as I heard one conservative reporter mention today?) and they will vote for the Tbagging Rethug regardless of how untruthful, inaccurate and/or stupid the candidates may be. They just want to beat the Democrats with whoever and whatever they can. Bring on the Tsunami. Finish the job Bush started, totally destroy this country to a point where it will be irreparable and then blame the Democrats again!!

    October 20, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. Robin Bray

    I just love how the republicans just keep making mistakes and keep defending them as if all was well. they always fail to mention that the stimulus bill lowered payroll taxes for most Americans and instead claim taxes are up. Get it right bone heads and admit it when you screw up.

    October 20, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Michael in Houston

    republicans dont give truth a second thought. This was not a mistake. It was a clever and intentional ad designed to link a perceived negative to their opponent. If you think this was a mistake just look at the campaigns response....rather then an apology the spokesman takes the position of accusing the wonrgfully accused of trying to change the subject. If thats not the most twisted and slimey thing I have heard of.
    There is no longer truth and accuracy expected from campaigns. They are free to say, do, accuse, people of ANYTHING. They can literally make things up out of the clear blue...produce a commercial....air it....and it will be out there.

    October 20, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    What are little things like facts to Republicans after all.
    I mean, they have the King Rush himself trying to convince them that there is no separation of Curch and State in the first Amendment.

    That is how uneducated Republicans are, no wonder they worship morons like Palin, Romney and O'Connell.

    Hey morons, it is fine if we tease people occasionally with stupidity, but imposing morons on us and thinking that someone with an IQ of a goat is good for the country IS NOT FUNNY

    October 20, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    Why is it that these ADS always show the most NASTIEST picture around of the Candidate????? And both sides ae GUILTY of this!!!! I bet if these women ever thought they will catch a picture – like the one above – and knew it would be POSTED all over th TV and Internet – they will NEVER RUN!!!!!

    Eww!!! Forget the story Markeys – worry about the PICTURE!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 20, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. mrrationalhbg

    Republican GW was the greatest job killer in our history since the great depression.

    October 20, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. cecilia

    first you have to have all the groups that you hate all lined up and then the individuals and their names – then you can go on the hate attack – my guess is first President Obama, then the Democrats in general, then individual democrats – then the Blacks, Jews, Hispanics, and for sure the Muslims – you might throw in a Catholic or two. feel free to toss in any one I forget that the tea bag groups hates.

    October 20, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. D. Bunker

    Looks like another teatard GOBPbagger who can't get his facts straight. These people are a poison in our political system, spreading fear, lies, hate and ignorance to further their disproven cult of deregulation, tax cuts for the ultrawealthy and subservience to their faceless corporate masters dumping secret money and foreign money into our election. Voting for them would be like hiring a pedophile to run a preschool or the captain of the Titanic to run a cruise ship. Real sane and rational Americans know better. Vote no to the party of no. They have no ideas, no values and no interest in average working Americans.

    October 20, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |

    CAUTION:Wingnuts talking,wingnuts lying. Brought to you by China and the Chamber of Commerce.

    October 20, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Typical Republican ... doesn't bother to check the facts, has no qualms about lying for political gain, treats his constituents like they're idiots ...

    Why in the WORLD would anyone vote for a Republicans these days?!?

    October 20, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Seraphim0

    So... she's trying to 'change the subject' by pointing out a flagrant inaccuracy in his campaign's claim? Wow. Good logic.

    October 20, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. John

    This is hilarioius. Clearly the Republicans just can't do anything right!

    October 20, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. John

    This is hilarious. Clearly the Republicans just can't do anything right!

    October 20, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. Tony Z

    Over and over again it shows us- the American public that a certain party is trying to hi-jack our democracy. Negative ads means you will not get things done in the Senate or Congress. Lets move America forward. The opposite of progress is regress.

    October 20, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. O157H7

    Her spokeswoman then went on to say that she personally supports President Obama's health care agenda and his handling of the economic crisis....Wait...oh, that was Barbara Boxer....Never mind.

    October 20, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |