Steamboat Springs talk radio hosts Cari Hermacinski and Rob Douglas were clearly unsatisfied with answers Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton provided on their show this morning in response to questions about potential ethics violations committed when Tipton’s daughter used his name to solicit business on Capitol Hill as part of her “government relations” job with tele-townhall firm Broadnet. The hosts probed and Tipton parried. Afterward, Hermacinski and Douglas lamented that the congressman seemed intent to fudge on the issue. They said his reaction to the story was evasive, that he gave the kind of parsing non-answers Americans have grown accustomed to hearing from politicians in trouble.
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Third District Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton unseated Democrat John Salazar in last year’s Tea Party-fueled Republican wave election, where voters sought to shake up business-as-usual in Washington. The brother of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, John Salazar is a long-time government employee who served in the state House before heading to Washington for three terms. He was a ripe target in 2010. Tipton was no political innocent, however, and now just months into his term he has admitted to the House Ethics Committee that his daughter has been using his office to promote the tele-townhall company where she’s employed.