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Obama supporters fear their rent will rise after manager makes threats

By Jaclyn Rostie, Reporter, j.rostie@krdo.com
Published On: Nov 30 2012 05:00:52 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 30 2012 07:14:17 PM CST

Manager makes written threats against supporters

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A Colorado Springs apartment manager threatens to raise the rent of anyone who voted to re-elect President Barack Obama.

John Obringer sent out a letter to his tenants at the Casa Adobe Apartments on Wednesday.  The letter was addressing cutbacks on staff and maintenance issues.

"Due to the stupidity of the U.S. electorate, the Obama-administration's continued assault on small business is resulting in increased taxes, regulations and mandates that are forcing the management company (B&J Enterprises, Inc.) for Casa Adobe Apartments to modify its operation to survive.  This has resulted in layoffs, work-time reductions and decreased pay for workers.  Consequently, the business hours are now Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Please plan accordingly ... We are working hard to maintain the field, cleaning and maintenance personnel in place without raising rents, but that too is inevitable due to the upcoming inflation and market forces," writes Obringer.

"If you have any questions, comments or criticisms, please call me. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and Happy Holidays to you and yours," continues Obringer.

Then he added, "BTW: If you voted "Democrat" on Nov. 6, please notify me ASAP so I can raise your rent first to help pay for what you asked for."

"I think it's wrong.  That's your constitutional right to vote for who you want," said a tenant who wished to hide her identity.

She went on to tell KRDO News Channel 13 that Obringer had already threatened to kick her out for voting for President Obama.

But her neighbor, who also wished to hide her identity, came to Obringer's defense.  "It's just John.  He's kind of a quirky landlord," she said.

So far, the tenants said nothing has changed.  But the future is up in the air.

Obringer refused our requests for an on-camera interview. 

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