Conservative Group Speaks Out About Controversial Billboards
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The leader of a conservative group is speaking out to the Grand Junction community ahead of President Obama's visit to the Western Slope. Billboards around the Grand Valley compare Obama to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. They were put up by Compass Colorado.
Tyler Houlton, president of Compass Colorado, says that Obama is no different than Ahmadinejad. "We've seen from Obama down to even Sal Pace, that they have pursued policies that are almost identical to that of the Iranian president when it comes to oil production," said Houlton.
Billboards popping up around the Grand Valley assert that both men favor higher gas prices and are opposed to U.S. energy independence. Other billboards accuse local leaders of the same thing.
"Sal Pace sent a letter to the federal government asking them to postpone more oil and gas drilling in Colorado. That's not what we need right now," added Houlton.
But some would argue that the president's hesitation with certain energy development is based on energy impact assessments and the potential risk of any environmental damage; they say that using these billboards as a fear tactic is inappropriate.
But Houlton stands by his ads.
"I don't think it's an unfair comparison. How long are we willing to wait? That's really the question ... I mean, they blocked the Keystone Pipeline, which would have created anywhere between 25,000 and up to 100,000 or 200,000 jobs. And it's all these smaller parts that become a larger foreign policy towards getting our domestic energy resources under control," he said.
The billboards are being placed in heavily populated areas like North Avenue at Fourth Street. In total there are seven billboards up around town. Houlton says that simply by getting attention, they're working. "When we start talking about free market politics and free market policies, people are very receptive to that."
Houlton classifies Compass Colorado as a nonpartisan group that prefers to focus on the issues rather than the politician.
Their next set of attack ads will focus on Obamacare.