GOP's Bruce Faces Primary Challenge From Newcomer

By: Mindy Stone Email
By: Mindy Stone Email

Controversial State Representative Douglas Bruce has some competition on his hands.

Colorado Springs Attorney Mark Waller will be running against Bruce in the House District 15 Republican Primary in August.

Bruce made headlines for kicking a photographer on the floor of the House and calling migrant workers "illiterate peasants." But, Waller tells 11 News that's not why he's running against him.

"I believe I can got Denver and effectively communicate our Republican ideals and values. I don't think it's enough to go there and grandstand and have petty bickering,' said Waller, 'I want to show people that not only am I not Douglas Bruce. But, I'm the right guy for the job."

"Doesn't bother me. Anybody has the right to run. Even a political unknown," said Bruce.

Bruce argues Waller doesn't have political experience. Waller thinks the leadership and communication skills he's developed over the years, serving in the Air Force and as a former Deputy District Attorney, will help him be an effective lawmaker.


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  • by Sean Location: CS on Jun 17, 2008 at 09:51 PM
    Hmmm, Maybe someone without political experience will actually be better for the job! Political experience to me is just experience in squandering funds and making sure you look good doing it!
  • by db Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 17, 2008 at 09:31 PM
    Grand Dragon Bruce will not be missed. Way to go Waller!
  • by Dave Wilson Location: C/S on Jun 17, 2008 at 07:34 PM
    Beans, trust me when I say Colorado does a just fine job of looking bad on it's own. No need to blame one person. And those who live in glass houses (many in here) shouldn't throw stones.
  • by Get Lost Bruce on Jun 17, 2008 at 03:32 PM
    Bruce is a slumn lord what do you expect. Hopefully the end is nearing.
  • by The Door Is Open on Jun 16, 2008 at 01:47 PM
    Bruce the door is open, now walk through it. LEAVE!
  • by Beans Location: manitou on Jun 16, 2008 at 01:07 PM
    i hate this guy. he makes colorado look bad.
  • by John on Jun 16, 2008 at 11:36 AM
    Doug Bruce, a legend in his own mind. Let's hope Mark Waller wins the primary.
  • by See ya Bruce on Jun 16, 2008 at 11:26 AM
    Good bye Bruce. Finally after years of him trying to bankrupt this state and being an embarrassment to this state maybe we may finally get to say get lost.
  • by HAWKEYE Location: COLORADO SPRINGS on Jun 16, 2008 at 11:03 AM
    Mr.Bruce is a embarassment to the city !!!!!He thought he could bully people there like he did here and they put him in his place .If this city wants to be represented in denver fairly and without baggage .HE NEEDS TO GO BACK BEING A SLUM LORD .
  • by Get Out Bruce on Jun 16, 2008 at 08:40 AM
    Let's hope this will be the end of Doug.
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