Talk about a sore loser

Posted on 11 Nov 2008 at 10:03am

Ya’ll know who Marilyn Musgrave is? She’s the right-wing Republican Congresswoman from Colorado who helped ahtuor and strenuously supported a federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, and who just lost her re-election bid to Democrat Betsy Markey by a pretty substantial 56-44 margin.

From the looks of this story in the Denver Post, Ms. Musgrave is a very sore loser:

Bitterness generated by the bruising battle between Betsy Markey and Marilyn Musgrave apparently lingers days after voters decided the winner of the 4th Congressional District.

Incumbent Republican Musgrave, who lost to Democrat Markey by a 56 to 44 percent margin Tuesday, has yet to call and congratulate Markey on her win.

Musgrave also hasn’t conceded the race, said Markey spokesman Ben Marter. “She has yet to admit defeat,” he said. “It’s a little bizarre.”

Calls to Musgrave’s campaign and congressional office went unanswered Friday.

Musgrave has held the 4th District seat since 2002, at one point drawing fire from national gay-rights and liberal groups for her support of an amendment banning gay marriage. Markey, a Fort Collins businesswoman and former aide to U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, tried to portray Musgrave as a strident conservative out of touch with constituents.

The two sharply attacked each other in three campaign debates and in television ads. In one Musgrave ad, Markey was portrayed by a blond actress strapped to a lie detector. Musgrave attempted to show that Markey was being backed by fringe left-wing groups and alleged she enriched her family business while working for Salazar.

In all, the Musgrave-Markey matchup attracted more than $3 million from special-interest groups.

The 4th District — a GOP stronghold since 1972 — moved heavily toward Markey on Tuesday. She collected 54 percent of the vote in Weld County and 47 percent in Logan, Morgan and Sedgwick counties, Marter said.

Not congratulating a political opponent has certainly happened in the past, but it’s also “not the norm,” said Bob Duffy, chairman of the Colorado State University political science department. “There is no doubt that someone in that campaign is not happy about losing.”

“We would have appreciated a call,” Markey spokesman Marter said. “But we’re moving forward.”

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