Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert was reportedly booed after she clashed with the moderator of a debate against her Democratic challenger on Saturday night.
The debate began with moderator Edie Sonn, of the Colorado Behavioral Health Council, introducing the three panelists who would be asking questions of Boebert, a Republican, and Adam Frisch, a businessman hoping to unseat her in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.
When Sonn asked if Boebert and Fisch agreed to the debate rules, Frisch replied: “Yes, ma’am.”
But Boebert took the opportunity to complain that Sonn had tweeted in support of her opponent in the 2020 election, former state Rep. Dianne Mitsch Bush.
“Edie, can you please disclose to the audience that you publicly supported my 2020 Democrat candidate Dianne Mitch Bush, and can you please disclose any other roles that you have had with Democrat candidates in the past?” Boebert said.
The congresswoman went on to say that the debate was not a nonpartisan event.
“I believe that this is relevant because when I was invited, when I received the invitation to the Club 20 debate, Club 20, CMU and the Daily Sentinel said that they want to provide a nonpartisan forum tonight,” Boebert said.
“Now, isn’t it true that you tweeted during the 2020 election, ‘Rep. Mitch Bush I’ve always been a supporter of yours?’”
The remarks prompted boos from a few people in the audience of about 200 people, The Denver Post reported.
Sonn replied that the other part of the tweet she wrote to Mitsch Bush “took issue with something she had said.”
She added: “Congresswoman Boebert, this is not about me tonight. This is about you and your opponent. I am here to ask, to be the traffic cop while these panelists ask questions and I respectfully ask that you respectfully agree to the terms of this debate.
“If you will not do so, then we can close things down right now.”
Boebert replied that she did agree to the rules. “I am glad that everyone is aware that Club 20 has not chosen a non-partisan moderator.”
A short clip of the moment was shared on Twitter by attorney and political commentator Ron Filipkowski, where it has amassed more than 250,000 views.
Fisch responded to the tweet, calling Boebert “an embarrassment” and urging people to donate to his campaign “if you’d like to help fire Lauren Boebert and send me to Washington instead.”
Newsweek has contacted Boebert and Fisch’s campaigns for further comment.
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