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Pace ad aims for steely resolve

Courtesy of Sal Pace for Congress

Democrat Sal Pace’s third television ad features workers at the steel mill in his hometown, Pueblo, and credits Pace with spurring then-Gov. Bill Ritter to sign an order encouraging state purchases of more American products, such as Pueblo steel. Republican Rep. Scott Tipton’s campaign said the ad exaggerates the truth.

By Joe Hanel Herald staff writer

Sal Pace, the Democrat challenging Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, released his third television ad of the campaign early last week.

The ad continues Pace’s theme of positive spots about himself. This one was filmed in the Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel mill in Pueblo, Pace’s hometown.

It shows Pace talking with steelworkers and highlights his attempt to get the state to buy Colorado-made steel. Pace took up the cause in the state Legislature when the state built a Pueblo bridge with Chinese steel.

Pace’s bill failed, but then-Gov. Bill Ritter signed an executive order nine months later to require projects funded through the federal stimulus bill to use American products as much as possible.

The order stopped short of the aim of Pace’s bill, which would have specified that Colorado steel be used in all state projects, not just ones funded by the stimulus bill. Tipton’s campaign manager, Michael Fortney, said that makes the ad untrue.

“This is the second time Sal Pace has been caught red-handed deceiving Colorado voters. Sal is quickly running out of credibility, if he has any left at all,” Fortney said.

Pace’s campaign pointed out that Ritter signed the order in Pueblo with Pace by his side, and the steelworkers union at the mill thanked Pace for the help.

“A problem was brought to Sal’s attention, and he worked around the gridlock to see that an issue that directly affects Colorado was addressed,” said Pace’s campaign manager, Chad Obermiller. “The executive order changed Colorado law, and it was Sal’s hard work that made it possible. This is the common-sense approach to problem-solving that we need so badly in Washington, and that Congressman Tipton has been unable to provide.”

jhanel@durangoherald.com

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