GOP Candidate Denounces Recovery Act While His Charter School Benefits From Stimulus Funds

October 20, 2010 9:22 am ET — Mike Burns

Ryan Frazier

GOP House candidate Ryan Frazier, who is running in Colorado's 7th district, has been unabashedly vocal in his opposition to the Recovery Act, often declaring that the stimulus has "failed" and deriding government spending as "wasteful."

But in a 9NEWS debate on Saturday, Frazier's Democratic opponent, Rep. Ed Perlmutter, revealed that the charter school Frazier co-founded, and on whose board he serves as vice president, has benefitted from federal stimulus money. The school, High Point Academy, has accepted over $100,000 to help at-risk and special needs students.

According to the Denver Post:

Republican Ryan Frazier maintained Monday the federal stimulus bill was a failure although his charter school received money from it to help at-risk and special-education students.

Frazier, who is running for Congress in the 7th District, said High Point Academy and other schools received the money from the state and not directly from the federal government.

Frazier was unaware that High Point received stimulus money when called on it during a debate Saturday with his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter.

Yet instead of retracting his previous attacks on the stimulus, Frazier claimed he had never heard about the funds prior to the debate and that he intended "to go back and find out right now if this is the case."

Frazier's refusal to acknowledge the merits of the Recovery Act is no surprise; doing so would require him to admit that he was wrong and that the Democrats deserve credit for their actions. The real shame here, however, is that Frazier's staunch opposition to government spending would have cost millions of dollars in funding for projects that have directly benefitted constituents in his district.

In 2010 alone, Frazier's district and others nearby received over 5 million dollars to help fund a wide range of facilities, including the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, and Colorado State University.