"We had Scott Tipton from our district stand in our studio while he was campaigning, and... he said he would go to Washington, D.C. and, night and day, night and day, that he would fight to cut the government in half," said co-host Cari Hermacinski Oct. 18 on her syndicated Cari and Rob Show.
"He would cut it down by 50 percent. And what has he done, every time it's come down to cast a difficult vote? He goes with [House Speaker] John Boehner. He goes with the leadership."
Tipton isn't standing in Hermacinki's studio any longer.
"I sent him an email," Hermacinski's co-host Rob Douglas told listeners on the same day. "I said, come on the show. We're going to hold open any time slot you want. I don't care who's on air; we'll bump them, put you on so you can explain to the people of Colorado and this nation why we sent you to Washington, why you are spending more than Nancy Pelosi." But, they told their radio audience, no word from Tipton.
"We have not heard back from Congressman Tipton or any member of his staff, his chief of staff, his press secretary, his scheduler, and Scott Tipton himself," Douglas told his listeners. "I have his personal email address. I've emailed them all, not a peep back."
"We warned our audience that there would be chameleons and charlatans amongst those the Liberty Movement sent to Washington in 2010. Unfortunately, Scott Tipton proved our point," Douglas wrote in a response email.
"The bottom line is that we believe Congressman Tipton violated his pledge to voters in the 3rd Congressional District of Colorado that he would go to Washington and work to place the country on a more sustainable fiscal path and therefore is not worthy of support from true fiscal conservatives."
On the air on Oct. 18, Douglas pointed out repeatedly that Treasury Department figures show that there have been no spending cuts at the federal level since Republicans took control of the U.S. House. He said Tipton and House Republicans had chances, through votes on government-funding bills and the debt ceiling limit, to change this.
"There have been votes where Tipton did not stand with the true fiscal conservatives in Congress and instead aligned himself with Speaker Boehner and establishment Republicans who played a major role in creating our nation's fiscal crisis during the Bush administration," Douglas wrote to me.
As a result, Douglas promised his audience on Oct. 18 that he will not be voting for Tipton.
"At the end of the day," he said, "we all control one vote. The show is about the whole country. But we can only vote where we can vote. Scott Tipton will never get my vote again."
Asked how the audience of his show, which airs on 10 stations in Colorado and Utah, including KFKA in Greeley and KRDO in Colorado Springs, reacted to this stand against Tipton, Douglas wrote me, "Indications are that many in our audience agree with our view."
But Douglas wrote that he has no plans to back a candidate that might challenge Tipton next year.
During his last few appearances on the Cari and Rob Show, which originates in Steamboat Springs, Tipton faced the kind of hard questioning you rarely hear when conservatives interview conservatives or, for that matter, when liberals interview liberals.
In April, under tough questioning from both Douglas and Hermacinski, Tipton acknowledged that he had lost trust in House Speaker John Boehner. And he promised to return to the radio show to explain why Boehner had agreed to a budget compromise shaving just $352 million from the federal budget instead of a promised $100 billion.
Douglas complemented Tipton on the April show for answering questions on his radio show, saying on the air after Tipton hung up: "I gotta hand this to Scott Tipton. He has come on this program every time we asked him to come on."
As far as I know, Tipton never returned to the show to explain why Boehner didn't cut $100 billion. But questioned by a Washington, D.C. reporter, Tipton's office later issued a clarification regarding his commenis on the radio, stating that he was, in fact, confident in Boehner's leadership, even though he didn't actually say he trusted Boehner.
Tipton returned to the Cari and Rob Show in May, and again was subject to intense questioning. Douglas grilled Tipton about whether his daughter, a government-relations officer for Broadnet, used the Congressman's name as she tried to drum up congressional business for firms that use technology licensed by Broadnet, which is owned by Tipton's nephew.
At the time, Douglas told the Colorado Independent that Tipton's answers were "Clintonian."
Tipton apparently hasn't appeared on the Cari and Rob Show since then, marking the end of a relationship with the hosts that, as Tipton entered office, promised to be close and illuminating.
"He said he was happy to be the canary in the coal mine for the Cari and Rob Show," Douglas said on air on Oct. 18. "He would be a representative in Congress who would explain what the Republicans were doing."
Douglas continued: "Why is Congressman Scott Tipton, why is Speaker of the House John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan... why are the Republicans lying to the American people, lying to the Republican Party, lying to the men and women who break their backs every day in this country to send their hard-earned money to Washington to have it wasted publicly, have it wasted secretly... to have it wasted, while these fat cats enrich their families, enrich their wallets, and do not do what they took a pledge to do?"