The Save Colorado Springs Now political committee, based in Arvada, is being led by Debbie Wamsley, who used to be the chief of staff at the Colorado AFL-CIO.
“At this point in time, I cannot say anything more, but thanks for the call,” Wamsley, the political committee’s registered agent, said in a brief telephone interview Monday before hanging up.
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Save Colorado Springs Now has a website that features only a homepage.
“Save Colorado Springs Now is a group of concerned Colorado Springs citizens who believe that the City of Colorado Springs deserves policies and programs that serve to create economic opportunity, preserve the financial integrity of the city and improve the national and statewide reputation of the City,” the website state. “Save Colorado Springs Now was organized to advance a business oriented, prosperity-driven agenda in the City and educate the general public about the issues relevant to City governance.”
The group is behind a flyer that portrays Bruce and “his cronies” Ed Bircham and Richard Bruce as a curse on Colorado Springs. The three are part of a slate of candidates calling themselves the Reform Team. The two other members are Helen Collins and Gretchen Kasameyer.
“Don’t let Doug Bruce, Ed Bricham and R. Bruce drag us down again,” according to the flyer, which includes pictures of the three men in a sinking ship.
“With Bruce, Bircham & Bruce … we’re pretty much sunk.”
The flyer, which one of Bircham’s employees received at home last week, promotes three other council candidates: incumbent Jan Martin and Merv Bennett and Tim Leigh.
“Preserve our jobs, our economic growth and our city’s reputation with Jan Martin, Merv Bennett and Tim Leigh,” the flyer states.
“With Martin, Bennett & Leigh, Colorado Springs will steam ahead.”
Martin said she didn’t know anything about the group.
“Oh my goodness gracious,” Martin said after she saw the flyer.
“I guess it’s just open season for campaigning,” she said.
“I’m glad I’m on the right side of the ship, though,” she added, laughing.
For Douglas Bruce, the flier is no laughing matter.
“That’s a classic hit piece,” he said.
“It’s just another smear job,” he added. “What more do you want in terms of dirty politics?”