Seriously, Is Everything About Walker Stapleton a Lie?

Walker Stapleton.

9NEWS political reporters Kyle Clark and Brandon Rittiman have been in rare form over the past few weeks, positively demolishing a persistent false claim from GOP gubernatorial frontrunner Walker Stapleton that he was the “only” state Treasurer to support the Trump tax cut bill. Stapleton’s obstinate refusal to make the simple edit required to correct this demonstrably false claim, arrogantly doubling down when confronted about it in a recent debate, resulted in 9NEWS affixing the rarely-used label of “liar” to Stapleton–since by that point there was no way to conclude this was anything other than knowing, deliberate deception.

Last night, 9NEWS debunked still another Stapleton campaign ad claim–and this one looks even worse:

Republican front runner Walker Stapleton is campaigning on the idea that he’s a “fourth-generation Coloradan.”

The claim is in Stapleton’s campaign videos, in the bio on his website and has been used by media outlets in their editorials.

But is it an accurate description of his lineage?

In a word, no.

Stapleton was born on the East Coast and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, according to numerous public records 9NEWS reviewed.

The current state treasurer and gubernatorial hopeful moved to Colorado in 2003 when he was 29 years old… [Pols emphasis]

A campaign spokesman argued Stapleton, his father, grandfather and great-grandfather all called Colorado home at some point in their lives.

Obviously, for someone to claim they are a “fourth-generation Coloradan” when they were not born in Colorado, when they moved to Colorado as an adult, and their father wasn’t born in Colorado either, contradicts with the commonly-agreed definition of the term. Stapleton’s grandfather was born in the Centennial State, but that’s only because his father Ben Stapleton of Ku Klux Klan infamy (born in Kentucky) was the mayor of Denver. In short, Walker Stapleton can in no way be accurately called a “fourth-generation Coloradan”–and if he is, the term is meaningless.

It’s likely this fact-check is too late to affect the mail-in GOP primary, which Stapleton is widely expected to win. But between this and the totally self-inflicted damage Stapleton took over his silly lie about the Trump tax cuts, Stapleton has a severe credibility problem going into the general election.

At this point, it would be a mistake to accept anything Walker Stapleton says at face value.

24 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. RepealAndReplace says:

    Of course he is lying about his home state. Most of the Bush family members are spawned in Connecticut. It's like Dubya and his cowboy image. He was born in New Haven. Trump (excuse Drumph) isn't the only one who likes to create a faux image of himself.  

  2. Voyageur says:

    I actually am a fourth generation Coloradan.  I use that term rather than "native" because I was born in Wayne, Nebraska, where my mother graduated from college.  At the age of one, I moved back to the farm my family has owned in Philips County since 1887.  I grew up there and, except for two years in the Army, have lived here ever since.

    So, yes, I'm a fourth generation Coloradan.  "Wayne" Stapleton, on the other hand, is a carpetbagger.


    • MichaelBowman says:

      My great-great grandfather Moore homesteaded south of Paoli. His wife, my great-great grandmother, died during childbirth with their second daughter at age 20 and she and the baby girl are buried in the Holyoke cemetery. Grandpa Moore gave their living daughter, my great-grandmother, to Doc Norris and his wife (Holyoke residents) to raise. Their home was the large yellow house across the street from the northwest corner of the Holyoke park. 

      If I don’t count my homesteading G2 grandfather who came here from Iowa at age 18 I’m 4th-generation and my Wray and Elizabeth grandkids are 6th. 


  3. mamajama55 says:

    And he was still earning $150,000 / year as the CEO of a California real estate company while he was Colorado treasurer.

    The treasurer job was always seen as a stepping stone to higher political office; it's the family business.

  4. allyncooper says:

    Most of the Bush family members are liars.  Still waiting to see those WMD's Dubya.

  5. gertie97 says:

    Republicans do not care if a politician is lying. It truly doesn't matter to them. How else to explain Trump's polling among GOP voters? Or Stapleton's?

  6. Figures have never really been his thing. Here's the first line of his explanation to the CO Indy as to why his great-gramps' KKK legacy doesn't matter: 

    “It’s 100 years ago, 30 years before I was born,”

    Oh well, so number-y things aren't his strong suit. It's not like he has a job where… oh. 



  7. Budded says:

    Keep up the pressure and call out every single one of this fucker's lies! They get by by throwing out so many lies at a time, it's almost impossible to refute, thus them getting away with it and the lies sticking and spreading.

    Colorado will turn into Kansas if this terrible human is elected.

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