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Putting out an APB on “Sour Grapes” Musgrave

The lady in the picture above is Rep. Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado. She has served 3 terms in Congress from an eastern CO district that has been in Republican hands since 1973.

Her political philosophy reads like a manual to the culture war – no gay marriage, no abortion, guns for everyone, online poker for nobody. Rated by some the staunchest conservative in the House, Musgrave is a major proponent of anti-union legislation and low taxes, and she tried to make 2007 the “National Year of the Bible.”

Running against challenger (and super-wealthy business executive) Betsy Markey in the election earlier this month, Musgrave got obliterated, 56% to 44%. It was the worst beat any incumbent in Congress took this year.

And now, as POLITICO is reporting, Musgrave refuses to concede or thank her campaign staff, and for that matter, nobody really knows where the F she is…

It’s no surprise Rep. Marilyn Musgrave is taking her recent loss to Betsy Markey really, really hard.

Musgrave, a Republican who’s been representing Colorado’s 4th District since 2002, became part of the Republican Casualty List when she lost in a landslide, even after the National Republican Congressional Committee doled out almost a million bucks (reportedly $900,000) for her campaign.

Two weeks after the brutal loss, Musgrave still hasn’t called her opponent to concede or to congratulate the victor, as is not only textbook but also mannerly to do.

Moreover, Musgrave’s ill manners bleed into her own team. Rumor has it she still — 14 days later — hasn’t even thanked her campaign staff. (Again, textbook.)

Musgrave press secretary Joseph Brettell tells us: “It’s a campaign matter, and I have no further comment.”

And as for Markey, her campaign manger, Anne Caprara, who is in town this week with her boss for orientation, tells us of Musgrave: “No, she hasn’t called to concede, but we’re moving forward.”

Though the Markey team doesn’t plan on stopping by Musgrave’s office while in town, eventually the two camps will have to touch base — just in terms of transitioning.

But curiously, more rumors abound that no one has seen or talked to Musgrave since the brutal loss; she’s all but disappeared.

Pathetic. What would Jesus do, Marilyn??? I seem to remember him taking his medicine like a man, not running away to hide like a little ninny.


Markey: Beat Musgrave by double digits in the election AND on Hot or Not.com

One of the potentially troubling trends of the 2008 election was the trouncing of many Republican moderates in swing districts, which could definitely lead to an overly-liberal legislature and silence the voices of some centrists.

However, the defeat of Marilyn Musgrave is an unabashed plus. Anyone who supports amending the frickin’ Constitution to enshrine bigotry against gay people AND doesn’t believe in the separation of church and state needs to be stopped.

So, Madam Musgrave, get on the phone and start conceding (here’s a template) and thanking the people who busted their asses on your behalf.

Sticking your fingers in your ears and yelping “This isn’t happening this isn’t happening this isn’t happening” is not going to fix the situation…

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About Alpine McGregor
Just like you, man. I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase. All in the game, though, right?

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