Dems take first shot at Beauprez over ’47 percent’ remarks

Bob Beauprez in an image from a new video from "Republicans Who Want to Win", a newly formed 527 group supporting his candidacy.

Bob Beauprez in an image from a new video from "Republicans Who Want to Win", a newly formed 527 group supporting his candidacy.

DENVER — Colorado Democrats are highlighting GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez’s Romneyesque ’47 percent’ comments in a new web ad.

The new 30-second video features audio of Beauprez’s 2010 remarks to the Denver Rotary Club in which he riffed about the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay taxes and images of regular Coloradans shown with an arrow labeling them as part of the “47 percent.”

The remarks are very similar to those made in 2012 by GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at a private fundraiser and recorded by a Democratic operative; the recording put the Romney campaign on its heels and undercut the millionaire’s efforts to appeal to blue-collar voters.

“Clearly Congressman Beauprez thinks he’s better than Colorado’s seniors, veterans, firefighters, students and hard-working families in our great state,” said Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio.

“Instead of apologizing for his ridiculous and derisive comments, Congressman Beauprez stood by his remarks claiming that half of the population are freeloaders who are “perfectly happy” that someone else is paying the bill.”

Democrats first drew attention to the comments, which have been available on YouTube since 2010, earlier this month.

The new web ad comes just weeks after Beauprez emerged from a four-way GOP primary to capture the party’s gubernatorial nomination and just a day after a Quinnipiac University poll showed Beauprez ahead of Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper by a 44-43 percent margin.

A Marist poll released Monday showed Hickenlooper leading Beauprez by a 49-43 percent margin.