Owen Hill Enters Hail Mary Phase

Sen. Owen Hill (R).

The Colorado Springs Independent reports on the latest jabs from state Sen. Owen Hill in the CD-5 primary–with polls showing Hill third in the race and Rep. Doug Lamborn cruising to another victory over his split opposition, Hill is throwing the kitchen sink at both of his primary opponents:

The race for the Republican nomination in the 5th Congressional District June 26 primary is heating up with State Sen. Owen Hill sending out fliers that needle two of his opponents as “counterfeit conservatives” and “swamp things.”

Those labels, the fliers say, apply to El Paso County Commission President Darryl Glenn and U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, who’s seeking his seventh term in office…

We haven’t heard from Lamborn, but Glenn tells us via email, “Here’s my official and only statement: As a brother in Christ, I would encourage Owen to seek wisdom from the Holy Spirit before he designs his marketing materials.”

Meanwhile, a story in the Phil Anschutz-owned Colorado Springs Gazette smacks of a Hill-inspired hit job, though the subject matter is most certainly fair game:

Darryl Glenn, one of four Republicans challenging U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn in the June 26 primary, has been paying himself a salary out of campaign funds equal to what he makes as an El Paso County commissioner, according to campaign finance documents filed Thursday…

Glenn tried something similar two years ago when he paid himself $70,815 after losing a run for the U.S. Senate, but the FEC made him return the money to his campaign fund.

Meanwhile, Glenn’s campaign paid more than $20,000 to family members for consulting work during the 10-week reporting period, something he’s been doing since he launched his congressional run last summer with the $232,545 left over from his Senate bid.

It’s not a good story for Darryl Glenn, but at this point it’s difficult to see anything meaningfully altering the trajectory of this race. Sen. Hill’s once-promising political career appears to have hit a wall when he opted to challenge Rep. Lamborn in 2018. If the polls showing Hill distantly trailing Glenn are accurate, it means Lamborn has once again managed to split the perennial dissatisfaction with his lackluster representation of this conservative stronghold and secure himself another two years in office.

If you’re one of the military contractors and other vested local interests who purchases Lamborn’s rubber-stamp support, this is fine. If you’re a thoughtful conservative living in a district crying out for a thoughtful–or at least noticeable–conservative voice in Congress to represent them, this is the perpetuation of a demoralizing status quo. Either Hill or Glenn would be a representative more in line with the ideological stridency of CD-5 than Lamborn. And either would also be…well, just plain smarter. It’s a low bar, but they would meet it and the whole state would arguably be better off for it.

But alas, also-rans, it was not to be. Not this year.

11 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenver says:

    Will John Hickenlooper deplore these negative ads, too?

  2. RepealAndReplace says:

    As stupid as Lamborn is, he is still a genius compared to the morons who have challenged him over the years. Because he is seen as so vulnerable, a half dozen of them try to take him on each election cycle only to manage to split the opposition to him and get him re-nominated.

  3. Moderatus says:

    Isn't it just possible that the voters in CD-5 know who they want representing them?

    I'll give you a hint, they don't care what Colorado Pols thinks.

    • unnamed says:

      Hey Nutlid.  I did Nazi you coming.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Isn't it just possible that the voters in CD-5 know who they want representing them?

      No, many if not most are morons. How else do you explain the elections of Charlie Duke, Maryanne Tebedo, Dave Schultheis, Bob Issac, Terry Maketa, Doug Bruce, Chaps, and Dave Williams? 

    • MichaelBowman says:

      That's rich coming from a Nutter whose voting endorsements are more like shifting sands.  Can we assume you're safely in the #WayneStapler camp or are you still holding those cards close to your vest? 

  4. Voyageur says:

    Hail Mary,

    Full of grace.

    Owen Hill

    Is in third place

  5. kickshot says:

    Last resort pander for the gun vote:


    Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Michael Bloomberg, and leftist news outlets like CNN want nothing more than to ban the AR-15 rifle — and make a play to take away our guns.

    That’s why I’m rallying the troops by giving away this free AR-15.

    Owen Hill giving away an AR-15

  6. mamajama55 says:

    I predict that it will come down to Darryl Glenn vs. Stephany Rose Spaulding for CD5 in the general. The battle of the two evangelist preachers.

    The reason I think Glenn will win the primary : he has plenty of support out here on the beet-red eastern plains. People like his speaking style, and they can vote for him and say that they're not racist, because they have that one black friend.

    In 2016, there were many signs and stickers out here for Glenn's gubernatorial run.

    Owen Hill calling Lamborn and Hill "dumb and dumber" is a great meme. It will, however, result in people reflexively defending their preferred candidate.

    • Voyageur says:

      Less than 14 percent of the vote in cd5 is rural, mj.  Lamborn in a walk since once again, his opponents have split the vote.  He won't have any problem handling Spaulding either.  The district is so invincibly Republican that Democrats can't raise money for a serious campaign.

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