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Iraq veteran ruse fooled local media and politicians

An elaborate story of military service and multiple Iraq deployments concocted by a Colorado man to curry favor on the 2008 political campaign stump unraveled after his arrest on a traffic warrant. Richard Strandlof, who went by the name Rick Duncan and purported to be the founder of Colorado Veterans Alliance, a group that "... empowers Veterans to use their credibility and experiences to speak truth to power ...", fooled international media as well as then-Democratic candidates Jared Polis and Hal Bidlack.

Candidates go toe-to-toe with cardboard Lamborn

A life-size, cardboard cutout stood in for Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn at a debate with his challengers, Democrat Hal Bidlack and American Constitution Party candidate Brian Scott, on Wednesday night in Colorado Springs. Bidlack has been showing up at events with the cardboard Lamborn to point out the 5th Congressional District incumbent's refusal to show up at joint campaign events.