Political ads are back in Colorado

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DENVER — Roughly two weeks.

That’s how long Colorado’s post-election campaign ad vacuum will have lasted come next Tuesday, when political ads are returning to our state’s airwaves.

You can thank three of the country’s largest labor unions, planning a six-figure ad blitz in favor of President Obama’s position in the just-beginning negotiations over how to avoid the nation’s fiscal cliff.

The point is we want to keep the ideas from the election alive,” said National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel in Reid J. Epstein’s Politico story that was first to report the ad campaign.

The ads will air in Colorado, Missouri, Virginia and in “several dozen” GOP House districts, targeting Democratic and Republican lawmakers who have been on record about supporting Obama’s call to roll back the Bush Era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

“In Colorado, the ad is targeting Sen. Mark Udall and Sen. Michael Bennet,” Scott Wasserman, the executive director of Colorado WINS, told FOX31 Denver Friday. “They’re pretty key to the conversations going on now around the deficit and the debt deal.”

Obama, too, is already back in campaign mode, having announced plans to take this argument out of Washington and directly to Americans in several states he may visit over the coming weeks.

The television ads are part of that campaign effort.

“We’re tremendously concerned about jobs and right now we feel like cuts are going to hurt the economic recovery,” Wasserman continued. “This election was about securing a mandate to fight for the middle class, and we’re just making sure Sens. Udall and Bennet are doing just that by fighting for jobs and defending against cuts that will hurt the middle class.

“They need to know there’s a strong we don’t want to see damaging cuts and we want to see the wealthy pay their fair share. We just want to remind them that Coloradans feel strongly about that. They need to hear that message, and more importantly their constituents need to hear that.”