DENVER — State Rep. Robert Ramirez is pushing back at the blog, Colorado Pols, after a post insinuating that a photo of the lawmaker at an event with his teenage daughter was inappropriate.
“That attractive blonde woman posing with Ramirez in the upper left-hand corner? That’s not his wife (his wife appears alongside the representative in a much smaller photo adorned in a kung-fu uniform),” the blog writes. “The woman in the picture may be a family member, but Ramirez should probably point that out in a caption.”
Ramirez, apparently outraged, took to Facebook and posted several pictures of himself with both his wife and his daughter.
The conservative blog, Colorado Peak Politics, came to Ramirez’s defense, blasting the Pols authors as “creepy…perverts”.
Ramirez told FOX31 Denver Monday afternoon he’s upset.
“They can think what they want about my mailer,” Ramirez said. “But to talk about my daughter and insinuate that I’m running around on my wife, that bothers me. And it bothers my wife and daughter more than me.”
“It’s over the line. It’s inappropriate. I’m not running for president of governor. Let’s keep this to the point where — mock me about my mailer, but not my family.”
FOX31 Denver spoke Monday with one of the publishers of Colorado Pols, who referred to the reaction by Ramirez and Colorado Peak Pols as “manufactured angst” over what was intended to be a “tongue-in-cheek” post.
“We were just breaking down a really awful campaign piece — nothing else,” said Jason Bane, a co-founder of Colorado Pols. “Nobody’s insinuating that [Ramirez]’s running around on his wife.
“The point is he’s got this random collection of photos with no explanation, so there’s no way to know who’s his wife or daughter. There was no attempt to insinuate he’s cheating. It was just — who are these people?
“There’s pictures with his wife, his daughter, with a guy dressed up as Ronald McDonald. For all we know, Ronald McDonald could be his uncle.”
Democrat Tracy Kraft-Tharpe is mounting a serious challenge for Ramirez’s seat in House District 29, which is a toss-up district in terms of even voter registration numbers. Ramirez narrowly won the seat two years ago, giving House Republicans their one-seat majority.
“This is a race that I’m going to win. Period. Because I’m willing to do the work that needs to be done and to represent my constituents,” Ramirez told FOX31 Denver.
“I think people are tired of the nasty campaign tactics. The average person out there doesn’t look at [Colorado Pols] so normally it doesn’t bother me. But, don’t attack my family and the relationship between my wife and I.
“That’s over the line.”