Supporters To Rally For Congressman Lamborn

A rally in support of Congressman Doug Lamborn took place outside his Colorado Springs office Friday. The drama surrounding Lamborn began when he made a comment about the president during a radio show that many found offensive.

On the Denver radio show, Rep. Lamborn said being associated with President Barack Obama's policies during the next election would be like “touching a tar baby.” Lamborn has since apologized for the comment, but that hasn’t stopped the outrage.

The congressman didn't attend the rally, but issued this statement afterward:

“The congressman is grateful for the show of support and is looking forward to meeting with constituents when he returns to the district next week. “

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Previous Coverage: Protesters gather outside Rep. Lamborn’s office

Protesters say they feel Congressman Doug Lamborn had embarrassed Southern Colorado with a comment about President Obama that many are calling offensive.

More than 20 people packed the parking lot in front of the congressman's office in protest.

Monday evening, Colorado Springs Congressman Doug Lamborn emailed a statement apologizing for remarks made during a Denver talk radio show on KHOW. On the radio, Rep. Lamborn said being associated with President Barack Obama's policies during the next election would be like “touching a tar baby.”

Historically, the term “tar baby” references a doll made of tar and turpentine to entrap a character in the Uncle Remus stories. It is now widely considered to have negative connotations about African-Americans.

The group who organized the protest is called Move On and they regularly protest outside Lamborn’s office.

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Previous Coverage: Rep. Lamborn Apologizes for "Tar Baby" Remark
August 1

Monday evening, Colorado Springs Congressman Doug Lamborn emailed a statement apologizing for remarks made during a Denver talk radio show. On the radio, Rep. Lamborn said being associated with President Barack Obama's policies during the next election would be like “touching a tar baby.”

Just before 7:30 p.m., Congressman Lamborn's office announced he had sent a personal letter to President Obama apologizing for using a term some find offensive.

11 News spoke with Lamborn over the phone. He said he didn't know the phrase has a negative racial connotation. "It was not intended to be offensive."

Rep. Lamborn was being interviewed last Friday on KHOW’s Caplis and Silverman radio show about the administration’s budget policies.
“The President is the ultimate person in the minds of the people for who has responsibility. And when he faces the voters next November, even if some people say, well, the Republicans should have done this or they should have done that, they will hold the President responsible. Now, I don’t want to even have to be associated with him [the President]. It is like touching a tar baby and you get it - you’re stuck - and you’re part of the problem now.”

The clip is available to stream or download from KHOW’s website.

Historically, the term “tar baby” references a doll made of tar and turpentine to entrap a character in the Uncle Remus stories. It is now widely considered to have negative connotations about African-Americans.

Earlier, Rep. Lamborn's Communications Director released the following statement to KKTV 11 News via email:

“Congressman Lamborn regrets any misunderstanding. He simply meant to refer to a sticky situation or quagmire.”

By late Monday, a story on the Huffington Post website about the Lamborn controversy had drawn more than 3,000 comments.