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► Presidential candidate Donald Trump managed to convince almost 20 whole Republican legislators to publicly support his candidacy…though that’s still less than half of the entire Republican legislative delegation. The following GOP lawmakers signed their names to a pledge of support for Trump made public on Thursday:
Jon Becker – State Representative, District 65
J. Paul Brown – State Representative, District 59
Perry Buck – State Representative, District 49
Polly Lawrence – State Representative, District 39
Tim Leonard – State Representative, District 25
Paul Lundeen – State Representative, District 19
Patrick Neville – State Representative, District 45
Dan Nordberg – State Representative, District 14
Bob Rankin – State Representative, , District 57
Lori Saine – State Representative, District 63
Jim Wilson – State Representative, District 60
Joann Windholz – State Representative, District 30
John Cooke – State Senator, District 13
Kent Lambert – State Senator, District 9
Vicki Marble – State Senator, District 23
Tim Neville – State Senator, District 16
Ray Scott – State Senator, District 7
Jerry Sonnenberg – State Senator, District 1
Laura Woods – State Senator, District 19
Pueblo Rep. Clarice Navarro is a notable omission on this list, though she later clarified to several news outlets that she remains a loyal Trump supporter. Trump may not be able to generate more public support from GOP lawmakers in Colorado, but Republicans remain absolutely terrified of angering loyal Trump backers throughout the state.
► Trump will be back in Colorado on Tuesday, making campaign stops in Colorado Springs and Grand Junction. As David O. Williams writes for the Rocky Mountain Post, Trump’s visit probably isn’t going to be helpful to embattled Republican Rep. Scott Tipton:
“In western and southern Colorado, we vote our values,” Democratic challenger Gail Schwartz said in a press release. “This is a moderate district of hard-working families with strong morals that won’t be compromised. This is my bottom line, and it should be Scott Tipton’s. We’ve seen time and time again that Donald Trump is not someone who reflects the values of the 3rd Congressional District. If Tipton won’t stand up for us, we deserve to know why.”
Tipton last weekend issued a statement condemning Trump’s recently released 2005 video-tape comments in which the reality TV star and New York businessman says his celebrity status allows him to sexually assault women. But Tipton refused to pull his support for the embattled GOP candidate. A spokesman for Tipton’s campaign on Thursday did not respond to a request for additional comment on Schwartz’s latest press release.
► The Aurora Sentinel backs Democrat Morgan Carroll in CD-6 with some pointed words for incumbent Rep. Mike Coffman. Carroll and Coffman participated in a debate moderated by CBS4 and Colorado Public Television that will air tonight; if you just can’t wait, you can watch the 30-minute debate online or read through our Debate Diary.
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