This liberal Democrat Might Vote for a Republican

I attended Representative Dan Thurlow’s announcement of his run against Senator Ray Scott yesterday. For the record, I ran against Ray Scott and lost. I attended with Heidi Jeanne Hess, the former chair of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. 

The crowd at the announcement was small, but there were notable Republican leaders attending, including Kathy Hall (former County Commissioner and spokesperson for the oil and gas industry until she fell out of favor for drinking fracking fluid,) Tillie Biship (former state Senator and part of the original group that founded the Riverfront Commission, a man noted for his decency,) and Phyllis Norris (current Grand Junction City Councilwoman, and former mayor, a woman noted for her tone-deafness regarding minority members of the community.) 

In Thurlow’s speech he noted that he had attended League of Women Voters events–which shouldn’t be a big deal, but for some reason the local attitude is that the organization is only for Democrats–despite its long history of being non-partisan. He also noted that he had attended Black Lives Matter meetings in Grand Junction, which I can confirm because I was at one of those meetings. His point was that an elected official has a responsibility to represent and talk to all of his constituents. That will be a breath of fresh air for this community.

The incumbent Senator famously refused to talk to members of the LGBTQ community on their lobby day, believing that Mesa County didn’t have any Gays. I was one of three people who filed an ethics complaint against Senator Ray Scott because he has blocked us on his Facebook page, despite a recent court ruling that suggests the practice is unconstitutional. Scott argues that it is his personal page, and not part of his campaign. 

Thurlow made a big impression when he hosted a Town Hall meeting to discuss how TABOR, and other tax related constitutional amendments hamper work in Colorado’s legislature. Most Republicans won’t touch that subject. He packed the room, and people in attendance were both from his party and from mine. He brought in real experts who told the whole story, which was appreciated by the Democrats in attendance. 

There are lots of issues on which I disagree with Dan Thurlow, but unless another candidate comes along with strong name recognition and community support, he’ll get my vote in the General, if he survives the Primary vote by his party. Ray Scott is proud of the fact that he is a climate denier and unabashed supporter of everything fossil fuels. (I believe our future depends on moving away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy.) I have been a critic of Scott, since I first met him on his first run for the Colorado House. He is an arrogant misogynist and bad businessman. Mesa County should be able to do better.

About Ckonola

Retired banker, community and economic developer. Born in Deadwood, but raised in Colorado.

2 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. mamajama55 says:

    I agree. You have to look at the person, not the label. In some districts, uninformed or too-busy people will just vote for the letter R (or the letter D, for that matter). While I believe that in general, the interests of the people are better served by the D candidate, a moderate and decent Republican is a far better choice than an amoral huckster like your Ray Scott.

  2. JohnInDenver says:

    Talks to all constituents and allows diverse fact-based presentations. A couple of low bars, but apparently ones the current "Democrat" does not meet. I remember other times and places when those approaches were standard, not exceptional.

    Of course, having those enlightened standards personally does not mean he will be able to have others in the Republican caucus join him. He will wind up voting for R leadership in the legislature who will not allow such things in the party discussions or floor debate.

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