Remember George Brauchler?

George Brauchler’s gubernatorial campaign, metaphorically-speaking.

If you were going to compose a theme song for the already-sputtering gubernatorial campaign of Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, you would probably start with a sad trombone (wah-wah-wahhhh) accompanied with the sound of air escaping from a deflated balloon. For vocal accompaniment, hiring the teacher from Charlie Brown would be ideal.

As Ernest Luning reports for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman, Brauchler announced his Q2 fundraising numbers on Monday without enough practical spin to generate any momentum whatsoever:

Republican gubernatorial candidate George Brauchler raised $190,696 in the just-completed fundraising quarter — nearly all of it from Colorado residents and with donors in all 64 of the counties, his campaign said Monday.

Brauchler received contributions from 673 donors, with just over 95 percent of them from Colorado. After spending $46,731, he ended June with $143,966 cash on hand…

…His primary rivals include Douglas County entrepreneur and former state lawmaker Victor Mitchell, who launched his campaign by writing himself a $3 million check, and former investment banker and Mitt Romney nephew Doug Robinson. On top of the millions he loaned his campaign, Mitchell raised $13,098 in the quarter that ended in June. Robinson reported raising $207,532 and loaned himself $57,022 in the same period.

George Brauchler.

Brauchler was always going to have trouble competing with the self-funded campaigns of Victor Mitchell and Mitt Romney’s Nephew, both of whom seem able and willing to bankroll their own gubernatorial bids. State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, a proven fundraiser, should join the gubernatorial field later this summer, and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is likely to enter the fray as well. If Brauchler couldn’t even raise $200k when he was the only somewhat-known name in the field, then there is little chance he will be able to ramp up the money machine when he is competing for donations with Stapleton and Coffman.

Brauchler doesn’t need to be the top fundraiser on the Republican side, but he needs a minimal amount of dough just to keep the lights on in a statewide campaign. Brauchler ended June with $143,966 in the bank; that’s enough to keep the doors open for another quarter, but there’s not much money left over for important things like advertising and voter outreach. This is dangerous territory for a statewide candidate.

While money isn’t everything in politics, timing certainly is. Two years ago, Republicans thought Brauchler might be their next big thing as a candidate for U.S. Senate. Brauchler passed on that race and focused his sights on running for governor, but whatever gravitas he may have had in September 2015 seems not to have followed him into 2017.

12 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ModeratusModeratus says:

    You guys dissed a certain Darryl Glenn too. And Cory Gardner. And Donald Trump. How'd that work out?

    • DavieDavie says:

      Yeah!  How 'bout that Donald Trump?  He's accomplished more in 6 months than like all the previous presidents in the last 220 years!  Man, I know he's gotta be tired of all this winning!

      Putin, on the other hand might not be so pleased that Trump can't lift those sanctions, so he might call in all those billions Trump owes him.

    • DawnPatrol says:

      Actually, in the mid- and long-term, it's working out just fine for us — better than we ever could have imagined! Thanks for asking, Shemp.

      For you deplorable scumbags, thieves and criminals however, not so much. Ominous dark clouds continue to gather, boil and brew over you, and the bell soon will toll for thee…

      Tick tock, muthafukka.

    • FrankUnderwood says:

      Daryl Glenn worked out fine. Trump worked out fine in Colorado where HRC carried the state by almost 5%.

      And as I recall, you were part of the #NeverTrump movement back when you were shilling for Rubio after which you were shilling for Cruz. 

       

    • unnamed says:

      Moldy. Quit while you're behind.

       

      Trump didn't win Colorado, or the popular vote. Darryl Glenn lost.  Cory Gardner won, but is making an ass of himself.  Kind of like Trump and his inner circle.  Right now I'm happy with where things are going.

       

      Now if you could tell us how people benefit fom Obamacare repeal.  Also, stop soiling the carpet.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Darryl Glenn seems to be a perfect case for what is being pushed in the column. He had a hard time raising cash as a candidate, but was able to keep the lights on and get to the Convention. His unexpected win there (and some outside money) probably pushed him through the primary. But when he was a poorly funded general election candidate, he lost, trailing even the vote percentage of the top of the (losing) Republican ticket. 

      So, mentioning Darryl Glenn seems to be right on the money.

    • spaceman65 says:

      We will continue "dissing" those who deserve it, whether they win their elections or not.  And Brauchler is a giant, arrogant, egotistical asshat who deserves dissing and derision.  So on we will go.  

       

  2. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Moderatus should be talking about how the genius of his god, Trump, turned over economic leadership in the western Pacific to China after he pulled the US out of the TPP agreement. It wasn't perfect, but could have been fixed. 

    • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

      CHB, I'm not actually too worried about TPP. Whoever follows The Yam (with the possible exception of Pence) will need to do a big "we're sorry. we're back" tour, during which they can re-sign on all the international agreements The Yam is using for potty paper.

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