GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The primary election may be months away, but the mudslinging has already started in Colorado’s congressional district 3, and incumbent Representative Lauren Boebert has fired the first shot with a campaign ad aimed at incumbent Colorado State Senator Don Coram.

Boebert’s campaign says Coram used his position to push hemp laws to get rich, but Coram fires back. “Lies, lies, lies, and damn lies,” said Coram.

He says the voters passed hemp laws in 2012 and 2018, but he started his hemp business in 2017 at six total acres which went defunct two years ago versus Boebert’s claim he anticipated to own more than 500 acres earning $50,000 each. Coram says, “Frankly, it’s putting egg on their face. If they keep wanting to go down that road, that’s fine. I’m going to concentrate on meeting with constituents and meeting their demands and winning the election.”

Coram says law makers can disagree, but don’t be disagreeable and his strategy is simple: work with others to get it done. “I’ve done that in eleven years in the Colorado General Assembly. I’ve been in the majority. I’ve been in the minority, and going into a ten year average of about 700 bills. I’m the prime sponsor of about 42 average.”

Coram is on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and Transportation and Energy committees. his goal is to protect Western Slope water rights and that’s not all. Coram says, “Our largest reservoir is our national forests, and our national forest has been decimated by actions by the federal government over the last 50 years.”

He says he fights for local control of schools and city government, and looks forward to building a campaign connecting with the 80% in the middle who are sick of politicians spreading division and hate. Coram adds, “Throughout the 3rd congressional district people have come to me and said, “please, please bring some respect and integrity to this office”, and that’s what I’m going to do.”