Gardner’s Secret Background Check Block: NRA Pet Tricks

Salon’s Amanda Marcotte  posted a story yesterday that follows up on last Sunday’s revealing appearance by Sen. Cory Gardner on CBS’ Face the Nation–in which Gardner was confronted about a secret hold he has placed on legislation from a fellow Republican Senator to improve background checks on gun purchases.

Today’s story explains in detail a duplicitous strategy long employed by the National Rifle Association and their Republican allies in Congress in which they pretend to support limited reforms like the Fix NICS bill, while stalling even these small-scale measures behind closed doors–exactly what Gardner was caught having done on national television at the beginning of this week:

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, seemingly took the NRA’s comments at face value and introduced the Fix NICS Act of 2017, which is supposed to help improve recordkeeping and stop people like Dylann Roof and Devin Patrick Kelley — two mass shooters who should have failed to pass a background check, but didn’t — from getting guns. He introduced the bill in November, with the public support of the NRA. Mysteriously, the bill has gone nowhere in Congress.

The entire saga of the Fix NICS Act offers an important glimpse into the labyrinthine politics of gun control. It’s a system where the NRA proposes “compromise” bills that allow Republicans to look sensible about gun control, and then the organization goes out of its way to undermine even those minor reforms. The result, intended or otherwise, is that the NRA and Republican legislators can claim to care about keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people, while doing little or nothing toward accomplishing that goal.

Which brings us to Sen. Gardner’s secret hold on the bill:

…[E]ven this weak bill seems to have no momentum in Congress, which suggests that something weirder and darker is going on. A hint as to why emerged over the weekend, when it was reported that Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., had put a hold on the bill, keeping it from leaving committee. When asked why on “Face the Nation” last Sunday, Gardner didn’t quite admit to blocking the bill, but said, “I think there are some of us who are talking about due process issues in the bill and legislation.”

Salon reached out twice to Gardner’s office, asking for clarification about these “due process” concerns, and received no answer. Gardner ranks No. 5 on the Senate list of recipients of NRA funding, having accepted more than $3.8 million in campaign funds from the organization during his political career. [Pols emphasis]

“The background check system has been upheld by the Supreme Court when people have challenged whether it’s an appropriate system,” said the Brady Campaign’s Avery Gardiner. “I don’t understand his due process concerns.”

Cory Gardner with gun-rights hardcore Dudley Brown of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners.

Gardner refused to clarify the nature of his “due process concerns” with the bill on Face the Nation. It was apparent in Gardner’s fumbling response to the questions from Face the Nation’s Margaret Brennan that he did not expect them, which makes sense given that the secret hold he has placed on the Fix NICS bill had not been previously reported. The question of who leaked the existence and propriety of this hold to CBS has not yet been answered, but speculation ranges from Democrats to the bill’s Republican sponsor Sen. John Cornyn himself. Cornyn is under consider pressure to pass this legislation, having introduced it in response to the Sutherland Springs shooting that killed 26 people and could have been prevented.

Gardner’s refusal to explain his concerns with the bill most likely mean he doesn’t have defensible concerns, and is blocking this legislation supported by over 90% of the public purely in deference to the NRA and its duplicitous political strategy of stalling even small reforms–reforms they pay lip service in public to supporting. The NRA claims credit for the original federal background check system, but in truth the gun movement in America is deeply divided over any restrictions on gun ownership including criminal convictions.

Last week’s ambush on Face the Nation was a stunning revelation of a massive problem in American politics, a problem that explains the disconnect between the American public’s growing support for tougher gun laws and the frustrating political inability to make that a reality. As mass shootings with military-style weapons take ever-greater tolls of American civilians while nothing happens in Washington, the American people demand to know why.

And now we know the reason. The reason is Cory Gardner.

Thursday Open Thread

“True is the saying: ‘In order to make the world tranquil and happy, the nation must first be well governed!'”

–Sun Yat-sen

Aaaaand…Now Cynthia Coffman’s “Pro Life” Again!

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman.

Joey Bunch of the former Colorado Statesman put the capstone on floundering GOP gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Coffman’s long series of flip-flops on the issue of abortion rights yesterday, and we wanted to be sure it got a mention. After repeatedly making it clear that she supports abortion rights, a novel (if risky) addition to the mix in the 2018 GOP gubernatorial primary, it would appear that Cynthia Coffman has belatedly realized that she is in…well, a GOP primary:

As a conservative Republican who represented the state’s case when it sought to withhold money from Planned Parenthood, Coffman create surprise and anxiety among would-be supporters when her campaign in November reportedly told CBS4’s Shaun Boyd that Coffman was pro-choice, That sent radio political talkers such as Corporon, Craig Silverman and Dan Caplis into orbit. Coffman’s spokeswoman at the time told Colorado Politics that Coffman has never said publicly how she feels personally on the wedge issue, but said the candidate would speak about it on the campaign trail.

“I am personally in favor of life,” Coffman said Saturday. “I would choose life.” [Pols emphasis]

It was Cynthia Coffman’s supposedly moderate views on social wedge issues that some Democratic strategists had worried might make her a formidable candidate in the event she survived the Republican primary. The biggest problem for Coffman, of course, is winning the primary with a public position on a critical issue that conservative primary voters find repellent. Thus before Coffman can put this angle to her advantage, she has to survive it being her greatest disadvantage.

But none of that matters now. With Coffman now backpedaling on an issue she has already backpedaled the other way, she has squandered her credibility on both sides. Nobody who opposes abortion is going to take seriously this obviously contrived flip back in the direction of GOP primary voters, and no one who supports abortion rights can trust Coffman either now. It’s like she is trying to take a page from Sen. Cory Gardner’s playbook, deliberately scrambling her image in hopes of confusing a winning coalition into either supporting her or disregarding abortion in this race entirely.

But in timing or the execution, Cynthia Coffman is no Cory Gardner.

Coffman adds to her list of contradictory stances on abortion issues

In a radio interview Saturday, Colorado gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Coffman appears to stand behind her work to defund Planned Parenthood, adding to her growing list of seemingly contradictory stances on abortion-related issues.

On KNUS 710-AM, she also reiterated her past statement that she doesn’t want to be labeled “pro-choice.

Yet, she sounded like she was pro-choice when she previously said abortion should be “rare” and “safe.

But abortion would be less safe if the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark abortion-protection law, Roe v. Wade, were overturned. Coffman, a Republican, has said she thinks states should determine whether abortion is legal, and she personally opposes Roe.

Except, she also has a self-described “libertarian view that a woman should have a right to an abortion.

In any case, she also thinks Roe is “settled.”

Overall, she’s on neither “end of the political spectrum,” she’s said, and she doesn’t like any label. “I don’t fit in the category of ‘pro-choice,’” she said Saturday. “I’ve looked at the list of everything that is pro-choice, and there are a lot of things there I disagree with.”

But after a reporter labeled Coffman, who’s Colorado attorney general, as “pro-choice” in a TV news story, Coffman’s campaign declined an offer from the reporter to change or delete the pro-choice label in her story.

Asked on Saturday if she would “use the bully pulpit of the governor’s office to advocate for life,” Coffman said “yes,” citing her work in the Owens Administration when “we took funding from Planned Parenthood” by “putting the pressure on them to meet the law in Colorado.”

But she’s said “there is a right to choice,” which she’d support as governor.

In his post on Coffman’s radio interview Saturday, ColoradoPolitics reporter Joey Bunch quoted a Coffman campaign spokeswoman as saying, “As many Coloradans understand, [Coffman’s] position on this issue is more than just a label.”

That’s where this blog post ends.

Huge Student Walkouts Push for Action on Gun Violence

UPDATE #2: It’s getting a bit crowded at the State Capitol:

Image via Denver7




As Colorado Public Radio reports:

Students are taking up the call in a variety of ways. Some planned roadside rallies to honor shooting victims and protest violence. Others were to hold demonstrations in school gyms or on football fields. In Denver, at East High School students there will meet up with students from the nearby Denver School of the Arts to honor the 17 lives lost in Florida. Many students will then march to the state Capitol, while others return to class or participate in events at the school.

There will be a 17-minute “sit in” at Denver’s Merrill Middle School and a “sit out,” where students will ring the perimeter of the Denver Center of International Studies Baker School. At Westminster High School, students have been encouraged to wear silver and burgundy, the colors of Stoneman Douglas HS, for a group photo that will be sent to the school. JeffCo students will hold a county wide rally in the evening so as to not disrupt classes.



Republicans Reeling After Big Loss in Pennsylvania

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) and likely Democratic opponent Jason Crow

In 2016, Donald Trump carried Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District by nearly 20 points over Democrat Hillary Clinton. A mere 16 months later, a massive political shift appears to have delivered a new House seat for Democrats.

As the Washington Post reports:

Republicans scrambled Wednesday to explain what happened in Pennsylvania, as a Democrat stood on the verge of a monumental win in a U.S. House special election that became a test of President Trump’s political clout.

While the race was still too close to call, Democrats were declaring victory as their candidate, Conor Lamb, clung to a narrow lead over Republican Rick Saccone in a district the president won by almost 20 points…

…House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) tried to reassure his party that it would be difficult for Democrats to replicate their success in Pennsylvania across the country.

“This is something that you are not going to see repeated,” Ryan predicted.

Ryan’s post-special election bravado is surely designed to make Republican incumbents feel better, but there’s no way to sugarcoat the danger for the GOP in November. There are 119 House seats currently held by Republicans that are thought to be more competitive for Democrats than Pennsylvania’s 18th district. As Chris Cillizza notes for CNN:

This southwestern Pennsylvania district should have never been competitive — or even close to competitive. This is not a swing district. It is not even a Republican-leaning district. It is, based on past presidential performance and congressional level results, a comfortably Republican seat.

And if comfortably Republican seats like Pennsylvania’s 18th are competitive in this sort of national environment — an unpopular president in the White House, Democratic base voters fired up over the prospect of sending Donald Trump a message — then there are a whole lot of GOP members of Congress who need to start worrying this morning. [Pols emphasis]

According to the Cook Political Report’s Partisan Voting Index (PVI), Pennsylvania’s 18th district has a PVI rating of R+11, which is a basic measure of how the district has performed compared to the rest of the country in recent Presidential elections. In Colorado, only two incumbent Republicans reside in districts with a better PVI rating (R+14 in CD-5, and R+13 in CD-4).

Based on these numbers, Rep. Scott Tipton (R+6) and Rep. Mike Coffman (D+2) should be very nervous about their re-election chances. Of course, Coffman has beaten these odds before — Hillary Clinton carried CD-6 by 9 points in 2016, and Coffman still defeated Democrat Morgan Carroll 51-43 — but Coffman has never faced headwinds quite like those that are brewing in 2018. In late February, a poll showing Democrat Jason Crow with a 5-point lead on Coffman was the first public poll that has ever found Coffman in second place in CD-6.

Conor Lamb’s victory in Pennsylvania completely flips the script for Republican in another metric: Republican campaign committees and Super PACs outspent Democrats by a better than 5-to-1 margin and still couldn’t hold what should have been a safe Republican seat.

The blue wave is coming.

Jon Caldara Has Thousands Of Reasons To Lie To You

AP’s Nick Riccardi reports a fact that probably won’t surprise you:

Denver Public Schools this week decided to reject charitable grants from the NRA, but there’s another Denver-based organization that’s eager for them — the conservative Independence Institute.

The libertarian-leaning Independence Institute is one of the top recipients of charitable NRA grants, according to an Associated Press analysis of the NRA Foundation’s public tax records. The think tank received $241,000 from the foundation in 2016, the last year for which data is available. The institute reported receiving a total of $2 million in grants and donations that year.

The size of the Independence Institute’s grant is large enough to make Colorado the state with the fourth largest amount of NRA charitable donations, with $293,000 in grants. That places it only behind two much larger states — California and Texas — and North Carolina, home to Speedway Children’s Charities, which has received the largest NRA donation at $425,000.

In 2013, Colorado became Ground Zero in the nation’s long debate over gun policy when we passed a set of landmark gun safety laws in response to the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado in July of 2012. The Independence Institute led the fight against those bills, which culminated in the video you can see above–Jon Caldara warning his supporters that if the bill to limit magazine capacity were to pass, “almost all guns in Colorado will never be able to get a magazine again.” Unfounded hyperbole like Caldara’s helped work Colorado gun owners into a low-information frenzy, leading to two successful recall elections against Democratic Senators in swing districts and a third resigning from office before she could be targeted.

And then within a year, once gun owners realized they could still buy all the guns and magazines they wanted and the sky had not fallen, Democrats retook both seats they lost in 2013. Colorado’s common-sense gun laws remain on the books, and are starting to look like models of their own to other states and even federally as the issue of gun violence nationally has caught up with Colorado’s unfortunate experience.

As for Jon Caldara, he has no credibility–but the NRA’s money cushions the blow.

Anyway, next time you see Caldara or his “Second Amendment expert” Dave Kopel running interference against the next proposal to reduce gun violence, remember that they’re on the gun lobby’s payroll in a big way.

Colorado conservatives lash out at students who advocate for gun safety laws or plan to walk out of class tomorrow

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Last month, after students from Parkland, Florida began speaking out for gun safety laws in the wake of a massacre at their high school, Denver conservative radio host Randy Corporon went on the attack, calling the students “manipulated damaged children” and “brainwashed Florida teenagers” and accusing “the left” of “seizing on this tragedy and weaponizing these children against the rights of fellow American citizens, and against a political party, and against an organization like the NRA.”

“[The students] have no idea what they are doing,” said KNUS 710-AM Corporon on air Feb. 20. “They’re being manipulated by these leftists. This is the war for our civilization that I talk about.”

“If you listen to these speeches, that are very well read by these students, it’s very difficult for me to believe that these students wrote many of these speeches and statements themselves,” Corporon explains.  “They do not sound like 14-year-olds or 15-year-olds. Or even 16-year-olds or 17-year-olds…”

“It is their teachers. It is the leftists that are in their lives, could be their parents…

“These kids should be with their families, with their friends. They should be going through the mourning process. They shouldn’t be drawn in to this political turmoil, this political whirlwind that’s going on right now, but they’re in it. And we cannot let them seize the day and own the conversation.”

With students across Colorado set to walk out of class tomorrow to support of Florida teenagers and advocate for gun safety laws, I asked Corporon if he stood behind these comments–or if he’d changed his mind, or possibly tempered it, after seeing how the students, many of whom studied debate in school, have organized themselves and expressed their views.

“No, I don’t feel any differently about it than I did at the time, and you can re-quote me and re-affirm what I said,”  Corporon told me, adding that he still opposes tomorrow’s walk out, in part because “we’re just making kids targets with no protection whatsoever.” “If my kids were in school still, they would not be participating in any walk out. That’s for sure.”



Dave Young: I’ll Divest From Gun Makers As Treasurer

Rep. Dave Young (D-Greeley).

A press release from Democratic Colorado Treasurer candidate Dave Young last week announces a policy change he’s advocating with regard to the state’s Public Employees Retirement Association funds–getting PERA out of investments in firearms manufacturers:

Today in Denver, Rep. Dave Young spoke out against the news that over $1 million of Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) investments are held in gun and ammunition companies.

Representative Dave Young said, “As State Treasurer, I will work to divest any PERA investments from the gun industry. We must stop gun violence and mass shootings. That is why I have worked to pass improve background checks, limit magazine sizes, and keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals. PERA should not invest in businesses that directly or indirectly put our children’s safety at risk.”

Directly after the Columbine High School massacre, Rep. Mike Coffman pushed to increase PERA’s investments in major gun and ammunition companies like Ruger and Smith & Wesson. Current State Treasurer, Walker Stapleton, has since not commented on these investments. In 2013, Rep. Young voted to limit magazine sizes in a statewide effort led by Democrats to make our schools and streets safer.

Dave continued, “As a math teacher for 24 years, I am PERA member and know just how important PERA is. Not just to me but to thousands of Colorado teachers, firefighters, police officers, and public servants. As Treasurer, I will fight relentlessly to defend PERA.”

The firearms industry is by all accounts consistently profitable, which would make it natural choice for institutions looking for a stable and reliable investment. In recent years, the gun industry has seen demand for its products soar with a news cycle frequently punctuated by mass shooting events that stoke fear of imminent wholesale losses of gun rights–leading to panic buying with no relationship to any other economic indicator.

The problem, of course, is that all this gun money is not being made in a vacuum. And whatever factors drive the buying and selling of guns in America, the economic value of the guns themselves is no longer society’s most important consideration.

Besides there are plenty of less-lethal but still profitable investment vehicles, like casinos or booze.

Get More Smarter on Tuesday (March 13)

The Denver Broncos have a new quarterback, and it’s not who you thought it would be. It’s time to Get More Smarter. If you think we missed something important, please include the link in the comments below (here’s a good example). If you are more of a visual learner, check out The Get More Smarter Show.




Rex Tillerson is out. Mike Pompeo is in. The New York Times tries to make sense of the latest White House carnage:

President Trump on Tuesday ousted his secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, extending a shake-up of his administration, 14 months into his tumultuous presidency, and potentially transforming the nation’s economic and foreign policy.

Mr. Trump announced he would replace Mr. Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director and former Tea Party congressman, who forged a close relationship with the president and is viewed as being more in sync with Mr. Trump’s America First credo.

Mr. Tillerson learned he had been fired on Tuesday morning when a top aide showed him a tweet from Mr. Trump announcing the change, according to senior State Department official. But he had gotten an oblique warning of what was coming the previous Friday from the White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, who called to tell him to cut short a trip to Africa and advised him “you may get a tweet.”…

…At the C.I.A., Mr. Pompeo will be replaced by the current deputy director, Gina Haspel, who will be the first woman to head the spy agency. Both she and Mr. Pompeo would need confirmation by the Senate to take the positions.

And the hits keep on coming:

If it’s any consolation, at least this Tillerson aide wasn’t taken outside and shot. We think.


► Longtime Trump aide and personal assistant John McEntee was apparently fired and escorted from the White House on Monday because he is under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes. Or, perhaps, because he was no longer needed until we roll back our clocks in November:

In his role in the White House, McEntee did tasks such as giving the president messages and making sure the clocks were correctly set for daylight saving time.


 Senator Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) still won’t comment on his non-denial about placing a “hold” on legislation intended to tighten up background checks for people trying to buy a gun. 


► Republicans are terrified about losing a special Congressional election in Pennsylvania today. As Politico explains, the GOP is already jettisoning its “tax cut” message:

Republicans backed away from their signature tax-cut law in the final days of a closely watched special House election in the Pittsburgh suburbs — even though it’s the very accomplishment on which they had banked their midterm election hopes.

Instead, GOP groups that once proudly declared the tax law would be the central fight of the midterms are now airing ads on so-called sanctuary cities and attacking Democrat Conor Lamb’s record as a prosecutor as they try to drag GOP state Rep. Rick Saccone over the finish line in Tuesday‘s election.

The strategy shift has been dramatic…

…If the tax law isn’t a reliable vote-winner, it means Republicans may have to find different midterm messaging to go along with a consistent wave of attacks linking Democratic candidates to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The Pennsylvania race will mark the second major contest of the cycle, following the Virginia governor’s race, where Republicans abandoned a tax cut-focused message to hammer a Democrat over immigration and crime.


Get even more smarter after the jump…


Johnston, Right-Wing Ed “Reform” Groups Celebrate Ruling

Michael Johnston.

Chalkbeat Colorado’s Melanie Asmar reports on a court ruling this week that went against public school teachers and in favor of Denver Public Schools administrators enforcing a landmark 2010 “teacher effectiveness” law that has split Democrats for years–and remains a thorny issue during the ongoing Democratic gubernatorial primary:

The Denver teachers who challenged a landmark state law that allows school districts to put certain experienced educators on unpaid leave lost their cases Monday.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled against the educators, who sued Denver Public Schools in 2014 alleging that the state’s largest district violated their rights to due process. Some of the teachers had lost their positions in schools and failed to get re-hired by a principal within a set period of time, which led the district to put them on unpaid leave — a move the teachers argued amounted to getting rid of them without cause or a hearing.

The district argued it was simply following a 2010 state law, known as Senate Bill 191, that changed the rules for teacher evaluations and assignments. The law allows teachers who lose their positions because of circumstances such as student enrollment declines to be put on unpaid leave if they don’t find new positions within 12 months or two hiring cycles.

The Colorado Education Association voiced its displeasure in a strongly-worded statement:

Colorado educators are very disappointed by this pair of unreasonable decisions that strip away rights of experienced educators at the expense of our students’ success. It’s baffling that during a time of teacher shortage, when we know teacher pay and working conditions do not stack up to the demands of the profession, that our courts would discard employee due process rights that provide teachers a small measure of protection against arbitrary actions. Today’s decisions sweeps those protections away to the detriment of our schools and the students they serve.

The proponents of Senate Bill 191 explicitly asserted that they were not repealing the due process rights of experienced teachers, yet that is what the Court decided to do today. The CEA will take our fight for teachers due process rights back to the legislature to fix an education system that continues to operate with serious flaws to the detriment of our schools and students. We need to keep the focus of evaluation where it belongs – improving the professional practice of teachers and the public education experience for Colorado children. Colorado’s well-documented teacher shortage has causes rooted in economics; however, we can’t ignore the consequences of SB-191 in draining teacher morale and agitating career dissatisfaction. [Pols emphasis]

But who else had something to say about yesterday’s ruling, you ask?

Gubernatorial candidate Mike Johnston, a former educator and state senator who sponsored Senate Bill 191, said in a statement that “we all share the same goal: to do what’s right for Colorado’s kids.”

“With today’s decision,” Johnston said, “we can move forward in that spirit and work together to improve achievement for students across the state.”

Mike Johnston was backed up in Asmar’s story by Ready Colorado, a conservative education policy organization described as “small group of well-established Colorado Republicans…aiming to make education reform a top priority for the GOP again.” While the chicken/egg order of origination isn’t clear, Johnston’s “teacher effectiveness” bill is now model language at the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for use by conservative lawmakers in other states. At the same time, SB-191 has been widely blamed for contributing the shortage of teachers in Colorado–and also for driving out qualified instructors who simply don’t want to have their intelligence insulted.

With all of this in mind, what you have here is a “victory” that Johnston won’t be celebrating–at least not during a Democratic primary. Arguably Johnston’s biggest achievement in the Colorado General Assembly, there’s little to suggest eight years later that this legislation has done anything other than increase enmity between teachers and administrators and turn qualified candidates away from the profession.

Congratulations, Mike.

Tillerson Tweeted into Oblivion

Not anymore

As the Washington Post reports:

Rex Tillerson spent a tumultuous year at the helm of the State Department, frequently undercut by the president he disagreed with on key foreign policy issues and derided by many of his employees who blamed him for marginalizing their role and diplomacy itself.

But after months of denying he intended to resign, Tillerson was ousted Tuesday just as he seemed to be hitting his diplomatic stride. In recent weeks, he grew even more outspoken in his criticism of Russia, more confident that his patient pressure on North Korea was bearing fruit and seemingly more comfortable that he would outlast his many critics in the West Wing.

In the end, no one was more surprised that Tillerson was fired than Tillerson himself. As recently as Monday night, while he was in the air flying back from a week-long trip to Africa, an aide said Tillerson was staying put…

…“The secretary did not speak to the president, and is unaware of the reason,” said Steve Goldstein, undersecretary of public diplomacy for the State Department. [Pols emphasis]

The Secretary of State, fired via Twitter.

Tuesday Open Thread

“The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”

–George Orwell

Adams County Republicans Signal Change at Caucus

The Colorado Times Recorder took a look at some straw poll results from recent Republican caucuses, and the numbers are quite fascinating. We were particularly interested in the straw poll results from Adams County, which has traditionally been one of the swingier counties in Colorado.

Obviously, the big surprise is that Steve Barlock has the clear lead among Adams County Republicans in the race for Governor. Barlock is the heavy favorite (33%) among Republican candidates who are seeking access to the Primary ballot via the state assembly, followed by Greg Lopez (18%). Attorney General Cynthia Coffman checks in with a meager 4% of support among Republican caucus-goers.

The Coffman name in general is not especially well-liked according to these figures. Congressman Mike Coffman is a distant second to challenger Roger Edwards in this straw poll. These numbers are probably not indicative of the mood of all Republican caucus-goers, but they may not be too far off the mark; remember that in 2016, an unknown Republican named Kyle Bradell came this close to getting his name on the Primary ballot by winning 26.1% of delegates at the GOP CD-6 assembly.


On their Facebook page, the Adams County Republicans also included “votes” from online polls that were available on the County GOP website, but we’re not including those numbers here because…well, they’re online polls.