Following criticism for skipping debate, Polis starts Western Slope tour

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

DENVER — Congressman Jared Polis is campaigning on the Western Slope.

The Democratic Nominee for Governor launched a three-day multi-city 10-stop tour Friday hitting areas like Rifle, Grand Junction, and Gunnison.

The tour is significant because of recent criticism by Polis to skip the Club 20 Debate, a longstanding political tradition on the Western Slope.

Club 20 officials called it a “slap in the face” to Western Colorado and Colorado GOP officials, including GOP nominee Walker Stapleton, quickly went on  the attack.

Polis has repeatedly said his decision to skip the debate was the result of a prior scheduling conflict. Polis agreed to a different Grand Junction debate in the area.