Continuing our series of profiles of some of the more interesting legislative candidates being fielded this year, we turn to Broomfield, and the House District 33 seat presently held by Democratic incumbent Dianne Primavera.
HD-33 is another key swing west Denver metro district, like Sara Gagliardi’s HD-27, and Republicans have similar high hopes of unseating Primavera as part of their rumored $4 million strategy to retake the Colorado House in advance of the next round of redistricting.
But there’s a problem: like the GOP’s contender in HD-27, Republicans might end up regretting the choice they made for this hotly competitive race. Don Beezley, who we briefly introduced you to before as a Leadership Program of the Rockies graduate and Independence Institute rising star, is going to have a tough time holding up to scrutiny. Because he is, in a word, crazy.
Don’t like recycling programs? Opinions vary, but we’re not sure how many of you will go as far as Beezley did in a Rocky Mountain News letter from 2005:
The June 13 article, “Recycling gold mine,” reveals the totalitarian instincts of the environmental movement…[i]n other words, our “enlightened” overseers need to bring down the hammer of arbitrary political power to force us to live the way Lombardi believes we should live. The Soviets and Nazis killed more than 30 million of their own people trying to convince them to live “the right way…” [Pols emphasis]
So that’s what the “Soviets and Nazis” wanted all along? Recycling! It’s…so obvious!
And in a letter to the Broomfield Enterprise from a year before, we learn that Beezley feels pretty much the same way about smoking bans. Next stop, genocide:
The abject arrogance of those who want to make our decisions for us would be amusing if it weren’t so dangerous. This philosophy of force, once accepted, leads to all of the terrible tragedies of the 20th century, and now the new ones we are seeing in the 21st. [Pols emphasis] I’ll teach my children to respect the rights of others, insist that their rights be respected and to take responsibility for their own actions. I won’t teach them to resort to force when someone doesn’t do what they want them to.The City of Broomfield embraced tyranny and got the smoking ban wrong.
Other memorable quotes attributed to Beezley include price gougers “doing us a service,” how public education is a “communist model,” and his heartfelt belief that liberals want to “enact an evil, socialist revolution through judicial fiat.”
And this is just the tip of the iceberg with Beezley, folks, the Lexis/Nexis and Google results keep going and going–we could fill several posts with his fringy quotes. Overall we think he’d make a delightful addition to a caucus that has given us (not to mention Democrats) so many warm memories, from Jim Welker to Dave Schultheis, the only thing standing in his way being HD-33 voters who–for all the talk about “backlash”–may not want to backlash quite this far.