Senate candidate Romanoff does what he says he will do

Andrew Romanoff

Andrew Romanoff

There are political experts in Boulder County who don’t see much difference between Andrew Romanoff and Michael Bennet in the race for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. There are those in the Democratic Party who also make this claim. Yet the differences between the two candidates are significant. Beyond stylistic, the differences in positions are substantive and very real.

Let’s begin with measures that could make government more accountable to its citizens.

Romanoff refuses to accept campaign contributions from corporations, political action committees or any special-interest groups. Bennet’s campaign has taken more than a million dollars from special interest groups, including bailed-out banks, discredited insurance companies, BP and other oil industry giants and high-powered Washington, D.C., lobbying firms. There is nothing stylistic about that difference. It’s as plain as it can be.

Romanoff proposes to prohibit lawmakers from taking cash from anyone lobbying a committee on which they are a member. Bennet serves on the Senate Banking Committee, and his campaign is now one of the top 10 recipients of Wall Street cash. Nothing stylistic there either.

The difference is as plain as the nose on your face.

Romanoff supports the Fair Elections Now Act. Bennet, to the best of my knowledge, continues to decline to state his position. Again, a plain and obvious difference between the two candidates.

There’s no question that in the current economic crisis — and it is still a crisis — Coloradans and all Americans are vitally concerned about how to protect their jobs, their homes and their savings.

Once again, Romanoff stands with the people, and Bennet stands with the big financial institutions. Romanoff supports allowing courts to shield families from foreclosure. On April 30, 2009, Bennett voted with the banks, against homowners.

Romanoff backs a plan to prevent banks from becoming “too big to fail.” Again, Bennet voted against taxpayers and with the banks on May 10. Romanoff also supports a plan to divide investment and commercial banking. So far, Bennet doesn’t have a position on this particular matter.

Romanoff’s record in Colorado shows that he voted to fund Meals on Wheels and other services for older Coloradans <HB 06-1018). And on March 3, in Congress, Bennet voted to deny seniors $250, even though he knew it was a year in which there would be no Social Security increase.

Romanoff voted to defend the right of workers to organize (HB07-1072). Bennet continues to refuse to state his position on the Employee Free Choice Act.

Repeatedly, Romanoff has made good on his efforts to hold down the cost of health care. He cracked down on insurance companies that delay or deny valid claims <HB 08-1407) .

Bennet, on the other hand, has taken thousands of dollars from the insurance industry and did not keep his promise to push for a public option in the health care legislation. He does not favor a single- payer plan, and Romanoff has been consistent in his support for a single-payer system.

As a four-time elected state legislator and as Speaker of the House, Romanoff helped make Colorado a world leader in renewable energy. Bennet talks about it, but it’s mostly that – just talk. His campaign has taken thousands of dollars from this nation’s biggest polluters, including BP.

Romanoff supports President Obama’s efforts to end tax breaks for Big Oil and to use the savings to curb the deficit and to boost energy efficiency

Again, Bennet talks about it, but on June 15, he joined a majority of senators to vote with Big Oil and against taxpayers and the environment. His message to voters seems to be: Pay attention to what I say, not what I do.

The differences between Romanoff and Bennet are many and significant.

Now it may be that Bennet has some of the same political leanings as Romanoff does, but the splendid difference is that Romanoff does what he says he will do.

He’s precisely the kind of senator Colorado needs to send to Washington, D.C., this year.


Bob Miller has resided in Longmont for six years.

  6 comments for “Senate candidate Romanoff does what he says he will do

  1. Ruby Bowman
    July 24, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Perhaps a vote for a Green Party candidate would be a better vote than either Romanoff or Bennet. Under Romanoff’s leadership in the Colorado House, basic human rights were stripped from undocumented immigrants, many who are hard working and contribute positively to the Longmont community.

  2. July 24, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    What was the relevant legislation that ‘stripped’ those rights? HB #? I’d like to know more.

  3. July 24, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Well, this sure doesn’t make Bennet look very good. Good grief. How astoundingly boorish! But it shows the kind of person Romanoff is running against: someone else who believes the rich should rule. That’s why I’m voting for Romanoff – not Bennet and not the Greens.

  4. July 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    When Andrew Romanoff was Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, he worked closely with the Keep Colorado Safe Steering Committee which spearheaded the opposition campaign for the proposed anti-immigrant Colorado constitutional amendment (Colorado Ballot Proposal 2005-2006 #55 Restrictions on Government Services to Illegal Immigrants). The proposed anti-immigrant initiative was planned for November 2006. Speaker Romanoff used the influence of his office to keep this initiative off the ballot. There was major concern that if the initiative were placed on the ballot, it would pass and become part of Colorado’s Constitution.

    On March 4, 2010, Polly Baca, former State Senator and former President and CEO of the Latin American Research and Service Agency, who was a member of the Keep Colorado Safe Steering Committee, wrote a letter to Romanoff supporters explaining what happened. The following is quoted from her letter:

    “After Governor Bill Owens called the legislature back into session in July 2006 to deal specifically with immigration, Speaker Romanoff met frequently with Keep Colorado Safe leaders to find the most palatable method of dealing with the anti-immigrant forces. The result was the codification of federalimmigration law into Colorado state law with the passage of HB 1023. With Andrew’s leadership, vital services to children and pregnant women were protected during this special session. Legislation was also passed criminalizing the coercion and extortion of documented and undocumented immigrants.

    “The passage of HB 1023 reinforces the critical need to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation at the federal level, a position to which Andrew Romanoff has always been committed. Andrew has demonstrated the leadership necessary to pass comprehensive immigration reform through the U.S. Senate. As Speaker of the House of Representatives, he was critical in defeating numerous anti-immigrant bills.”

    For more information from people who worked directly with Speaker Romanoff in 2006, you may contact Polly Baca or Jennifer Herrera, former co-chair of Dignity Through Dialogue and Education, at pollybaca@thewindsor.net or Jennifer.herrera@gmail.com.

  5. Jeff Elinsky
    July 31, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Right now, Colorado and Georgia have the harshest anti-immigrant laws in the country, thanks to Democrats led by Romanoff and Joan Fitzgerald in 2006.

    Polly Baca, Romanoff, and others were bamboozled by the lame-duck Rep Governor and his threats to put anti-immigration legislation on the ballot, so they gave him 75% of what he wanted….

    As we got closer to election time in both 2006 and in 2008, it became clear to both Republican AND Democratic anti-immigrant hardliners that the Latino vote was crucial, so they backed off.

    However, the harsh anti-immigrant, anti-Latino legislation passed in 2006 is still on the books, hurting all immigrants who seek unemployment compensation, medical care, driver’s licenses, etc., in the state of Colorado.

    To have caved to the idle threats of the former Governor and his hard-line anti-immigrant groups rather than to do what is right is something Andrew Romanoff – as Joan Fitgearld before him in her 2008 congressional race against Jared Polis – should pay a political price for….

  6. August 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    http://tinyurl.com/JeffElinskyPublicSearch

    Hm. “Financial Advisor”

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