Books in Denver library start mini-feud in D.C. |

Books in Denver library start mini-feud in D.C.

LINDSAY RENICK MAYERmedill news service

WASHINGTON – A feud is kicking up dust between Colorado representatives Diana DeGette and Thomas Tancredo, who are fighting over a letter Tancredo sent to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper disapproving of the Denver Public Library’s large collection of Spanish-language books.DeGette, whose district includes Denver, argued that Tancredo had no right to become involved in local decisions outside his jurisdiction. “Her biggest concern was members of Congress getting involved in an issue that’s not federal and doesn’t concern their constituents,” said Josh Freed, press secretary for DeGette. “The day-to-day policy system of local libraries should be left to local politicians.””Colorado delegates tend to work together when it clearly benefits the state of Colorado, even if it just benefits Rep. DeGette’s district or Congresswoman Musgrave’s constituents,” said Steve Mazurana, professor of political science at the University of Northern Colorado. But when one member perceives an act as being personal, he or she might not be as supportive when it comes time to vote on something that will affect a single district, he said.But, another political science professor said the disagreement might actually have been beneficial, giving each representative a chance to show their dedication to their beliefs.”There’s no reason that representatives have to stick to their district and from (Tancredo’s) perspective, he’s always trying to raise issues related to the immigration issue,” said Bill Chaloupka of Colorado State University. “He saw this as an opportunity.”Chaloupka said ultimately he doesn’t see the public dwelling long on the argument.”Both Tancredo and DeGette are incumbents, neither of whom have had serious challengers in a long time,” Chaloupka said. “It’ll blow over.”

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