Oct 17, 2013 11:23 PM by Andy Koen
COLORADO SPRINGS - A Democrat who plans to run against Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn in next year's mid-term election said the whole government shutdown ordeal left him scratching his head. Irv Halter is a retired Air Force Major General and a graduate of the Air Force Academy.
He points out that 40 percent of the local economy depends on federal spending and can't understand how Lamborn could justify prolonging the shutdown. Lamborn was the only member of Colorado's congressional delegation to vote no on the compromise bill that funded the goverment through next February.
"By his plan we could have actually gone past our debt limit which all experts and everybody else knows would have really hurt our economy," Halter said. "It would hurt our local economy, local families, local business; a lot of federal employees who have been out of work or weren't sure they'd get paid if they were at work."
Halter is currently the only Democratic candidate to announce his candidacy for the 2014 mid-term. He is the third retired Air Force officer (and highest ranking) to challenge Lamborn, who did not serve in the military.
Lamborn defeated retired Lt. Col. Jay Fawcett in 2006 following the retirement of Joel Heffley, and held his seat by defeating a challenge by retired Lt. Col. Hal Bidlack in 2008.