Yesterday, Congressman Tipton flip-flopped on an amendment to increase fire prevention. When asked why the sudden change of heart, he remained silent.
According to the Congressional Record, Tipton switched his vote from an "aye' to a "no' in the last minute of the recorded vote, killing the amendment to direct federal agencies to focus on forest fire prevention.
Tipton voted against the amendment at a time when forest fires are spread across 20 states, including his home state of Colorado where numerous forest fires are burning throughout the state, including in his own district.
Rep. Sal Pace (D-Pueblo), Congressional Candidate for the Third Congressional District, said Coloradans deserve to hear an explanation from Tipton.
"The blanket statement made by my opponent is yet another example of him having "gone Washington' and does not explain why until the last second he was in favor of the motion," Pace said. "There is possibly no issue more timely and crucial than the subject matter of forest fires and fire prevention, and it's completely reasonable to ask my opponent why he turned his back on his Colorado values.
"The third congressional district needs leadership in Washington, someone who will choose Colorado over party when faced with that choice. My opponent has shown again that he does not have the leadership and backbone to represent the values of the people of the third."