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November 07, 2007 08:20 PM UTC

Wiens out of CO-6

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  • by: Love & a .45

His press release below the fold.

COLORADO
STATE SENATE
STATE CAPITOL
DENVER
80203

Senator Wiens announces run for re-election in State Senate

Veteran lawmaker won’t run for Congress

DENVER – Colorado state Sen. Tom Wiens, R-Castle Rock, announced today that he will seek re-election to a second term in the Colorado State Senate and will not be a candidate for the sixth congressional seat being vacated by retiring Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo.

“I believe I can have a more positive impact on the future of Colorado by continuing to serve in the State Senate than by being a member of Congress,” Wiens said. “This has become even more clear to me given the events of the last several days in which we have seen our Democrat governor practicing government by fiat, ignoring the best interests of the people and bypassing the entire legislative process.  Governor Ritter is clearly placing the interests of his political benefactors above the interests of the people.”

Wiens said Gov. Bill Ritter’s controversial executive order last Friday, granting labor unions bargaining power over state employees, will increase the costs of government in Colorado and reduce its efficiency and our competitiveness as a state.  He went on to say, tax payers expect real and tangible results from their state government “Instead, we are now are in an environment where special interests are the only ones getting results.”

Wiens lamented that Democrat control of Colorado’s House and Senate as well as the Governor’s Office, combined with Governor Ritter’s sweeping multibillion dollar statewide property tax increase, clearly highlights the need for taxpayers and working families to have a strong advocate in the Colorado State Senate. He said hard-working Colorado taxpayers, small businesses and our Constitution are being disregarded in favor of special interests under Democrat rule.

“Back-door political deals with labor bosses, and lack of accountability in state government, make it clear that the people of Colorado need representation in the Senate to fight to make sure that Colorado’s very best days still lie ahead,” he said.  “I will continue to work to make sure that our state government is accountable to the taxpayers.”

Wiens cited a list of issues on which Coloradans expect action, including:

Education: “Our kids and grandkids deserve the best educational system that Colorado can muster so that they can compete in an increasingly competitive global market place. I will continue to work hard to achieve that goal.  Our kids also need to be safe in their schools.”
Budget: “Our budget process needs to be reformed to create accountability and results for the taxpayer.”
Water: “We need underground water storage to prepare for our future.  I will continue to champion this important issue”
Economic development: “We need to make sure that Colorado has a business environment that will make Colorado’s private sector the most successful in the country, and we need to be able to attract capital to the state of Colorado.  The recent antics of the Democrat Governor and leadership will make that tougher to achieve”

“The future of Colorado is literally being purchased by special interests, and stopping that is worth fighting for,” Wiens said. “That fight will take place under the dome at the state capital here in Colorado and I intend to be there for the fight.”

Senator Tom Wiens, R-Castle Rock represents Senate District 4, which includes Lake, Douglas, Teller, El Paso and Park Counties. He serves on the Senate Business, Labor & Technology Committee, and the Local Government Committee. His address during the session is State Capitol, Room 274, 200 East Colfax, Denver CO, 80203.

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