Lauren Boebert Grilled On Hypocrisy: Watch Her Stumble Over Voting Record In Heated Debate

By Javier Sanchez | Sunday, 02 June 2024 10:30 AM
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In a recent Republican primary debate, Representative Lauren Boebert faced pointed questions regarding her voting record on infrastructure projects in Colorado and her conduct at a musical performance in 2023.

Boebert, a right-wing representative, currently serves Colorado's third congressional district after a slim victory over Democrat Adam Frisch in November 2022. She is now campaigning in the more Republican-leaning fourth district following the resignation of GOP Representative Ken Buck in March.

During the debate, broadcasted by Denver NBC affiliate 9News, anchor Kyle Clark questioned Boebert about her tendency to claim credit for projects she initially voted against. Clark cited the South Bridge over the Roaring Fork River in Glenwood Springs and a water treatment plant in Gunnison as examples. He suggested that Boebert could enjoy the accolades for these projects because she knew other Republicans would ensure their passage, despite her vote against them.

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The Biden administration has criticized Republicans like Boebert for claiming credit for projects funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a significant legislative achievement of the administration, despite voting against it. In May, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg publicly called out Boebert for boasting about securing federal funding for the bridge, despite her vote against the bill that financed it. Boebert has promoted ten projects in her district that received funding from the bill she voted against, as reported by a Colorado news outlet in April.

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When Clark asked Boebert if she would have still voted against the projects if her vote was decisive, she responded affirmatively. However, when she attempted to elaborate on her legislative achievements, Clark cut her off, seemingly satisfied with her direct response.

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Boebert also faced scrutiny for an incident in September 2023, where she was ejected from a Denver musical performance for vaping and disruptive behavior. Video footage also showed Boebert and her date behaving inappropriately during the show. Initially, Boebert's team denied the vaping allegations, but after the release of surveillance footage, Boebert apologized for her actions, admitting they fell short of her values.

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During the debate, Boebert stated that she had taken responsibility for her behavior but refused to be shamed by the incident.

However, Clark interrupted her, seeking clarification on whether her apology was for her behavior during the performance or for misleading voters about the incident and her alleged disrespect towards the theater's staff. Boebert insisted there was no disrespect and that the incident had been grossly misrepresented.

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As the debate continued, Boebert's attempts to defend herself were cut short by Clark, leading to a viral clip that has been viewed over 113,000 times as of Saturday. Boebert's office has not yet commented on the incident.

To secure the GOP nomination, Boebert will have to defeat several contenders, including state representatives Mike Lynch and Richard Holtorf, former state senator Jerry Sonnenberg, business owner Peter Yu, and former radio host Deborah Flora.

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