FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 8, 2012 Contact: Sean Walsh 303-903-1749
Sias Outraises Opponent in SD 19
Filings Show Challenger Gaining Momentum; Hudak's Support Dwindling with One Month to Go
Arvada, CO… Campaign finance reports from the Republican challenger and the Democrat incumbent in Senate District 19 reveal a decisive momentum shift in the most watched legislative race of the 2012 cycle.
According to the Secretary of State’s website, Republican challenger Lang Sias, a combat veteran and Fedex pilot, raised $15,780 for the period covering the second half of September. Incumbent Evie Hudak (D), a twelve-year elected official, raised $13,681 during the same two weeks. Those same reports show Sias has $74,222 cash on hand and Hudak sitting on $71,213 – a critical turn of events with one month remaining until ballots are cast.
“Lang is running a robust, grassroots campaign despite opposition from some very powerful special interests backing his opponent,” said Sias’ campaign manager Sean Walsh. “We’re confident going into the homestretch that we’re peaking at just the right moment. The news of Senator Hudak’s fundraising decline doesn’t change our game plan, but it does come as a pleasant surprise,” Walsh added.
Hudak is a tax and spend liberal who does the bidding of organized labor. During the 2012 session, she co-sponsored Senate Bill 1 – a job-killing proposal that sought to give organized labor a competitive advantage for state construction contracts. It was strongly opposed by business, and lambasted in a Denver Post editorial as "muddled economic thinking." In 2011 she endorsed Proposition 103, a $2.9 billion sales and income tax increase that was rejected by Colorado voters by an almost two-to-one margin.In 2010, she was the lone vote on the education committee against bi-partisan education reform legislation that was signed into law by a democrat administration.
Lang Sias has been endorsed by the North Metro Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, National Federation of Independent Business and Colorado Concern. In 2008 North Metro endorsed Hudak, when she first ran for election. Sias is also endorsed by Stand for Children, Colorado’s foremost non-partisan education reform organization.