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Udall staffer refutes "carpetbagger’ charge

“I don’t know how Mr. Vehar took 2002 and 1972 and came up with six,” says Udall’s press secretary, Lawrence Pacheco. “It must be more of that fuzzy math we’ve heard about.”

Pacheco says Vehar’s charge that Udall is a “carpetbagger” is “unfortunate” and “inaccurate.” He says Udall’s Colorado roots go back generations.

“Public service is instilled in his family, and serving as an elected official is his chosen avenue of public service,” says Pacheco. “He could have gone into politics decades ago, but he chose to serve people in other ways until his decision to run for the Colorado Legislature, then Congress.”

Pacheco said Udall has lived in Colorado since 1972. “That makes 30 years,” says Pacheco. “He lived on the West Slope for a number of years.”

Udall and his wife Maggie have two children, Jed and Tess, and live just east of Boulder. He was a course director and educator for the COLORADO Outward Bound School from 1975 to 1985, and then the COLORADO Outward Bound School Executive Director from 1985 to 1995.

In 1996, Udall was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives, and in

1998, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

In addition, Pacheco says, Udall’s family has strong ties to the state of Colorado. His mother, Sam, is a Colorado native and currently lives in Boulder; his uncle Ranger Rogers was a long-time Colorado state senator in the 1960s and 1970s; and Mark’s father, Mo, played for the Denver Nuggets in 1948 and 1949.

Vehar, meanwhile, says that after reading Udall’s bio he couldn’t say for sure how long Udall has lived in Colorado.

“If the assertion gets a bur under their saddle, that’s fine,” says Vehar. “Besides, it doesn’t matter how long he’s been here. He’s a professional politician and in this time that’s the one thing the people of Colorado do not need.

“We’re pitting a citizen representative against a career politician.”

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