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WATCH: Americans for Prosperity rolls out gubernatorial ads

Author: Joey Bunch - October 4, 2018 - Updated: October 4, 2018

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Colorado Politics told you last month that Americans for Prosperity planned to put big bucks into this year’s race for governor. Now we see two pieces of fruit from that labor: new ads out Thursday building up Republican Walker Stapleton and tearing down Democrat Jared Polis.

One ad portrays Stapleton as a defender of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, and the other characterizes Polis’ universal healthcare plan as a single-payer system that’s way too expensive.

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“Jared Polis’ endorsement of the reckless, one-size-fits-all single-payer health care plan would devastate the state’s health care system and with it, Colorado families,” AFP-Colorado state director Jesse Mallory said in a statement. “Not only have Coloradans emphatically rejected a similar plan, but Polis’ staunch support for such an expansive government program calls into question what other reckless policies he’d implement as governor. And no one is fooled by his sudden support for our booming energy industry  he made his stance very clear in 2014 when he funded a similar setback initiative that would have severely crippled the industry.”

Not surprisingly, he heaped a dose of praise on the GOP candidate.

“Walker Stapleton is the right choice for Colorado. His support for lower taxes, education freedom and sensible health care solutions will keep Colorado on the track towards growth and prosperity,” Mallory said.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.