Messenger: Walker Stapleton

Candidate: Victor Mitchell

Contest: Governor

Affiliation: R

Date delivered: June 15, 2018

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Message type: mailer

Message tone: negative

About the message: This mailer from GOP state Treasurer Walker Stapleton accuses rival gubernatorial candidate Victor Mitchell of being a liberal. It accuses the former state representative of voting to raises taxes or fees "over 20 times" while failing to note that the legislature can't raise taxes on its own. It also notes that Mitchell has said he voted against President Donald Trump and does't support gun rights, a claim Mitchell denies.

About the messenger: Walker Stapleton is a Republican who has served as state treasurer since 2010. He won the four-way GOP June 26 gubernatorial primary.

The messenger's money: Stapleton raised nearly $2.4 million through June 27, including $1 millionof his own money. He's supported by the independent spending committee Better Colorado Now, Coloradans for Fiscal Responsibility, Colorado Campaign for Jobs and Opportunity and Real Colorado Conservatives.