Reyher’s “Mistakes” Draw a Republican Primary Challenger

(Hint: Reyher was the mistake – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Newly appointed State Rep. Judy Reyher (R-La Junta) has drawn a primary challenge from fellow Republican Don Bendell, as reported first by Peter Roper of the Pueblo Chieftain.

Asked why he’s challenging Reyher, Bendell said:

“I had been asked by a few people privately to get involved because they felt like there had been a few mistakes made that are going to be used by the Democrats against us,” Bendell said. “And we can’t lose that seat. And they felt like I would have a better chance to beat the liberal they are running from Pueblo in the general election.”

Bendell launched his campaign by making mistakes of his own, however, telling potential donors on Facebook that they “can donate privately and confidentially” and that such donations would be “tax-deductible.”

He removed the erroneous information from his Facebook page, and expressed gratitude to those who pointed them out. Donations to candidates are neither private nor tax-deductible.

Bendell declined to name the people who privately encouraged him to run against Reyher.

Neither did Bendell specify the mistakes he thinks Reyher has made.

A trail of  Facebook posts and comments immediately engulfed Reyher in controversy when she was appointed to the state house last year.

Reyher told The Denver Post, for example, in November that black people “hate white people with a passion.” The Post questioned her after reviewing her Facebook feed which had posts like these and these, first reported by this blog. Reyher issued a partial apology to The Post.

“I welcome any challenger,” Reyher said Wednesday.

“My opponent has already asked me to step out, which I don’t intend to do,” said Reyher.

“I thought to myself, ‘Doesn’t everyone want to tell their challenger to take a walk?'” Reyher said. “You know? It kind of took me by surprise. I just said, ‘I’m not going anywhere. I’m in it to win it. I’ve got the experience the seat calls for.'”

“I’m not here to trash her,” Bendell said. “She’s a very nice person. In fact, She and I have been Facebook friends for a long time.

“She may not like me, but I like her,” Bendell said, referring to Reyher. “I think she’s a nice person. I have nothing against her whatsoever. I’m not here to talk about her. I’m here to talk about me.”

Bendell said he “never wanted to run for political office before, although he’s been involved in politics for years, having “hosted” rallies for Donald Trump and Eric Trump prior to the last election.

A Republican vacancy committee, in a close vote, appointed Reyher last year to the state house seat after Clarice Navarro, who won re-election in 2016, resigned to work for the Trump Administration.

The winner of the GOP primary race between Reyher and Bendell will take on the Democratic nominee for the seat in the November election.


10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    "Donations to candidates are neither private nor tax-deductible."
    But, donations upon behalf of candidates can be constructed to be private and tax-deductible. Just ask the Koch Brothers™.

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    “Donations to candidates are neither private nor tax-deductible."

    . . . People aren’t corporations, too?????

  3. notaskinnycook says:

    Are we sure this is Pueblo? Where are all these RWNJs coming from? I've always thought of Pueblo as a bastion of old-fashioned union Democrats. 

  4. Pseudonymous says:

    Don's an interesting cat.

    GUEST POST! What we MUST do to Stop Terrorism! By Don Bendell

    Finally, regarding our airways. Muslims are not often terrorists but terrorists are always Muslims. Target mideasterners between 18 and 40 years of age in airport security. Search them thoroughly and not white-haired, white-skinned grandmothers. In other words, protect us, use common sense, and STOP the social experimentation crap and political correctness in airport security.

    America: What Is Wrong With Us? (p.14)  Particularly fond of "Hannah Montana acting more like Hannah the Whore."

    Colin Kaepernick Is Stealing From His Boss

    Colin is not P.C. He is P.W. His broadcaster girlfriend is a spokesperson for Black Lives Matter, a racist hate group, who advocates for the murder of police officers. She is also a Muslim and Colin is too converting, according to his closest friends and family. President Barack Obama was elected as the first black President in America and is the biggest apologist for radical Muslims in the public eye. Despite not being elected to our nation’s highest office without the major support of white voters, Barack Obama has set race relations back in America for decades by the old democratic mantra of making black Americans feel like they are victims, turning many into whiners and not winners. Colin grew up with a white family and white mother, just like Barack Obama. He was a child of privilege, who attended white private schools and never spent a day in his life in the ghetto.

    Speaker At Donald Trump Rally Jokes About Hillary Clinton Being A B***h

    Don Bendell, an author and former Green Beret, told a joke depicting former President Bill Clinton throwing Hillary Clinton onto the field during one of the games in the World Series.

    “One of his handlers said, ‘Mr. President, you’ve been flirting with girls too much and not listening, I said throw out the first pitch,’” Bendell said.

    • Mike W. says:

      I guess I’d prefer the easily frightened, racist grandma then the potential KKK member. No wonder people move to the city, there’s some scary shit out there in the boonies.

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