David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsMay 10, 20168min567

Former state Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, came out swinging against U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Thursday, accusing the Cortez Republican of selling out to a Texas oil and gas company by crafting favorable legislation in exchange for campaign contributions. Schwartz, who represented a big chunk of the Western Slope in Senate District 5 for eight years, is challenging Tipton for his 3rd Congressional District seat in November. CD3 encompasses most of the state’s energy-rich Western Slope as well as Pueblo on the Front Range.