Why Dudley Brown Is Working To Elect Tom Sullivan

The Denver Post’s Anna Staver reports on a curiosity we’ve discussed in this space many times–the willingness of the hard-right gun rights organization Rocky Mountain Gun Owners to attack fellow Republicans who stray from their strident line. With the election approaching, RMGO is focusing its wrath on GOP Rep. Cole Wist of Centennial:

A conservative group that describes itself as “Colorado’s only no-compromise gun rights organization” is working to make sure a top Republican state representative loses his seat.

“We love election time,” Rocky Mountain Gun Owners posted on its Facebook page. “It’s when politicians are reminded that their votes have consequences.”

The group spent the weekend delivering flyers to voters in House District 37 that accused Rep. Cole Wist, R-Centennial, of “voting like a gun-grabbing Democrat” and urged people to vote against “Cole ‘The Mole’ Wist.”

The supreme irony of this situation is that Rep. Wist’s Democratic opponent is Tom Sullivan. Sullivan’s son died in the Aurora theater shooting in July of 2012, and since that time Sullivan has been one of the strongest citizen voices at the Capitol in favor of gun safety legislation. Sullivan’s fearless advocacy on the issue has frequently shamed Republican lawmakers into silence, and as a lawmaker it’s would be fair to conclude that Tom Sullivan would be RMGO’s worst nightmare.

Except Sullivan isn’t RMGO’s nightmare. For RMGO, it’s much worse that a Republican had the temerity to support a “red flag” bill this year to provide legal tools to temporarily remove firearms from the possession of mentally ill people in crisis. That’s all Rep. Wist did, and along with AG candidate George Brauchler it was enough to earn these Republicans a determined foe they do not need in this difficult election.

“Mainstream” Republicans have often expressed their frustration with RMGO’s red-on-red hostile engagement strategy over the years, but director Dudley Brown knows exactly what he is doing. From Brown’s point of view, ensuring that the Republican caucus is (pardon us) bulletproof in its opposition to even the smallest measure to reduce gun violence is more important than supporting Republican majorities in the short term.

And if guns are your single issue–no small segment of Republican voters–you’re with him.

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  1. Check out RMGO's even more extreme attack on Wist here. They also made a flyer showing a woman getting assaulted and saying Wist wants to leave her defenseless. 


  2. RepealAndReplace says:

    Dudley’s attitude towards Cole the Mole is remarkable similar to Zappatero’s attitude toward centrist Democrats. Better to have a small, ideologically pure minority caucus than govern by compromising with moderates.

    • unnamed says:

      At least Zappy seems to see the big picture underneath all his bluster.  Dudley has to be a fucking moron who is totally fine with own-goaling his party and undercutting what he wants. Fine by me though.

      • Voyageur says:

        Dudley isn't a moron, he's a crook. The only things he cares about money and power.  He warns the rubes that thelefties will take their guns away. That threat is more credible and he makes more money when democrats control the lege and gov office.

        Of course he bashes moderate Republicans. He wants the left to win and scare the rubes.

        • Davie says:

          And when the moderate Republicans lose, it frightens the others in the "Fall in Line Party" to obey Dudley's commands.

          Think Negev is one of Dudley's minions, since he crows about how much more profitable his business is when Dems are in control?

          • Voyageur says:

            No, I respect Negev.  It's just a fact of life that not many people own guns any more but the ones who do have lots of them and buy lots more when they think somebody wants to make it harder for them.

  3. Moderatus says:

    See Dudley? Colorado Pols is your biggest fan.

  4. JohnInDenver says:

    I'm guessing this means the RMGO players have given up on getting a Republican majority for the House.

    Can someone duplicate these charges and drum up a campaign against George Brauchler, too?

  5. itlduso says:

    They'd rather have Tom Sullivan, a grieving father who lost a child in the Aurora theater shooting, to replace Wist?  Fine by me.

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