“This Is Why People Call DC a Swamp” Rep. Boebert’s Bridge Boast Backfires on Social Media

 “This Is Why People Call DC a Swamp” Rep. Boebert’s Bridge Boast Backfires on Social Media

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) faced a wave of criticism after taking to social media to claim credit for funding a bridge project she had previously voted against. On X, formerly known as Twitter, Boebert praised the allocation of over $51.4 million for the South Bridge project in Glenwood Springs, citing her role in realizing significant cost savings and championing the project’s funding.

“Great meeting with Glenwood Springs City Councilor and former Mayor Jonathan Godes,” Boebert posted. “We have secured over $51.4 million for the South Bridge. Was thrilled to hear about nearly $30 million in cost savings in addition and that my support has helped make this project a reality.”

However, her boast was quickly met with a rebuttal from Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), who pointed out Boebert’s contradictory voting record. “Hey, Colorado!! @RepBoebert actually voted against this funding. Now she’s trying to take credit! This is why people call DC a swamp …” Crow highlighted that the funds came from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a key initiative of the Biden administration, which Boebert opposed.

In response, Boebert defensively claimed her office had directly secured a portion of the funding. “Hey, Colorado! My office personally secured $1.4 million with my community development project request and also supported the $50 million grant that was received for the South Bridge Project. @repjasoncrow has voted to fund and enable the Biden border crisis every chance he gets. if you’re sick of your tax dollars funding free benefits for illegal aliens blame Jason and his Democrat friends!” she retorted.

The controversy did not stop with Crow. Other figures, including the Biden administration and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, also weighed in. The White House’s official account tweeted, “One thing about Congressional Republicans…they’re going to take credit for investments they voted against.” Buttigieg directly questioned Boebert’s claim of support, reminding her, “We chose it because it’s a good project, and funded it using President Biden’s infrastructure package, which you voted against.”

Criticism extended beyond political figures, with Boulder-based marketing executive @MailePRMedia and Tobin Stone of the Center for New Liberalism highlighting Boebert’s actions. “Not surprisingly @laurenboebert is caught in a lie today!!” @MailePRMedia tweeted. Stone added, “Lots of people dunking on Boebert for voting against the bill that funded this, not enough people dunking on Boebert for the fact that we know she doesn’t actually give a s— about this project, because she’s f——- off to the other side of the state in 6 months.” The backlash illustrates the complexities and accusations of hypocrisy in political claims, particularly when they contradict recorded votes and stated positions.

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