UPDATE: Fawcett Gets Red Carpet Rollout

A few Republicans are seeing blue over state Sen. Doug Lamborn’s primary win in the bid to replace Congressman Joel Hefley, and this week formally threw their support behind the Democrat, Jay Fawcett.

On Tuesday, Fawcett unveiled a new website, RepublicansforFawcett.com, identifying a dozen GOP members who have endorsed the Democrat in a Republican stronghold, and another dozen who have agreed to serve on his finance team.The reasons for the defection have been multi-tiered. As Colorado Confidential reported last week, some high profile Republicans in El Paso County were turned off by the nastiness of the 6-way primary, and were particularly offended with an attack mailer that accused two other conservatives in the race as supportive of the “radical homosexual lobby.” Others, including longtime Colorado Springs business and community leader Marv Strait, said he wants a congressman with military experience. Fawcett is an Air Force Academy graduate and retired colonel who served in Desert Storm, while Lamborn has never served in the military.

Other high-profile Republican supporters include Colorado Springs City Councilman Scott Hente, Black Chamber of Commerce President and fellow Air Force Academy graduate James Stewart, and contractor Chuck Murphy.

Former city councilwoman and longtime community activist Mary Ellen McNally has also signed on in support. McNally, who has headed and served on multiple boards and commissions –

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