The End Is Nigh: Now Tim Neville’s Hiding Behind Hickenlooper

Sen. Tim Neville (R).

This is a campaign mail piece delivered late last week in incumbent GOP Sen. Tim Neville’s red-hot SD-16 race against Democratic challenger Tammy Story. We’re not completely sure which voters was targeted with this piece, sent by the “independent” Business Opportunity Fund tied to a network of well-heeled Republicans at the Colorado Concern–but we would assume it’s aimed at Democrats and left-scoring independent voters.

For readers who haven’t had the pleasure of getting to know Sen. Tim Neville over the years, we’re basically talking about the anchor of the Colorado Senate GOP Majority’s far-right fringe. Neville has been the ideological driving force behind two different Republican Senate Presidents, and along with his son House Minority Leader Patrick “Boy” Neville control a bloc in both chambers without which Republicans can’t achieve a working majority within their caucuses. Neville’s policy interests range from perennial anti-abortion campaigns to dismantling Colorado’s gun safety laws to making public schools safe for “anti-vaxxer” conspiracy theorists at the expense of public health.

In short, to imply that moderate Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper would in any way support Neville’s re-election is an absurdity like few others possible in Colorado politics. Hickenlooper supporting Tim Neville would be like Hillary Clinton endorsing Ted Cruz for re-election over the competitive Democrat in the race. No one who knows anything about Tim Neville would ever possibly believe this. That’s why a mailer with these two men together and a fake “quote” below Hickenlooper’s image praising Neville stands out as not just deceptive, but outlandish dishonesty.

Trying to remake Tim Neville into a palatable candidate outside his fringe base is an extreme example, but this is merely the latest product of a years-long strategy by Colorado Republicans to audaciously triangulate off their own brand in order to stay alive politically in a left-trending state. Much like Rep. Mike Coffman’s roundly lampooned (but probably effective) TV ads sporting Planned Parenthood logo and Coffman’s occasional press-release criticism of Donald Trump, there is an implicit recognition that Republicans are deeply unpopular with a growing and diversifying majority of Colorado voters. But maddeningly to local Democrats, Coffman and others have made this self-deprecating strategy work.

But Tim Neville takes the farce too far. This can’t work. And if it does, then truly–nothing means anything.

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  1. Davie says:

    When it comes to lies and hypocrisy, this just goes to show, just when you think Republicans can't stoop any lower, they start digging even deeper.

  2. DavidThi808 says:

    It's interesting – it doesn't claim that's a quote from Hick. But it sure leaves that impression.

    And as you said, they're definitely desperate when they're running away from their beliefs.

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    Anyone know where the photo of Hickenlooper came from? It would be amusing if it was an unauthorized lift.

    A parody response from Hickenlooper, pointing out Neville really REALLY has suddenly decided to work with Democrats might be the best response. Get it picked up by some of the RWNJ media — surely that would do more damage among the Neville base than this anodyne “togetherness” is swallowed by the independent who wants to be all bipartisan-y.

    • mamajama55 says:

      I like that. A 30 sec ad of Hick welcoming the whole Neville clan to the Dem's "Big Tent" and congratulating them for finally seeing the light and reaching across the aisle… that would do some damage. devil

  4. RepealAndReplace says:

    Isn't he worried that his loony supporters will think he has sold out to the establishment and he is becoming – drum roll, Zappy – bipartisan?

  5. Here's Sen. Neville on Hick way back in…June:

    TIM NEVILLE: [00:03:47] …I was commenting to somebody the other day, and they asked me what was going on with the governor. I said, “I don’t know.” I said, “I’m glad that the governor wasn’t King Solomon, or the baby might have been split.”

    Audio here:

  6. unnamed says:

    Ever notice his smile looks like a sneer?

  7. Gilpin Guy says:

    It shows you how successful Story's campaign has been that Neville feels he needs to appeal to unaffiliated voters by pretending to be a moderate.  Go Tammy.  Tell your story

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