The Republican Candidate for Governor of Colorado

Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton, ladies and gentlemen…

This video clip is from a gubernatorial debate on Saturday in Grand Junction — hosted by Colorado Mesa University and Rocky Mountain PBS — the third debate in two days for Stapleton and Democratic candidate Jared Polis (Debate #4 takes place tonight in Pueblo).

According to an email from Stapleton’s campaign that went out on Sunday afternoon, Stapleton “offered a stark contrast between him and liberal Jared Polis.” Indeed he did. Stapleton supporters tried desperately to spin Saturday’s debate as a victory for the Republican candidate, but there’s no way around this gaffe. If you look closely, you can almost see the smoke coming out of Stapleton’s ears as his hard drive tries to reset.

This is the same Walker Stapleton who told Shaun Boyd of CBS4 Denver last week that he is “a numbers guy.” This is the same Walker Stapleton whose policy positions are little more than a series of words that someone looked up in a Thesaurus.

It is fair to say that you can summarize Stapleton’s entire campaign for Governor with this 14-second clip. Stapleton is running for the top office in Colorado, and here he is trying to recite facts and figures like he was up all night cramming for an exam instead of actually demonstrating a real grasp of important issues.

This is Walker Stapleton.

13 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ohwilleke says:

    With 5,000,050,000 new jobs in Colorado, we're going to need a lot more housing.

  2. ohwilleke says:

    This said, while it is funny, I wouldn't hold his tongue tied misstatement against him in isolation. Honestly, it humanizes him a little. 

    It is the kind of mistake that somebody who has spent too long on the campaign trail might make even if they are a numbers guy.

  3. Meiner49er says:

    Whether classical oratory or spoken word, if you speak in public for a living, you had better speak well. To quote Eminem, "You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow!" Thanks for playing, Stalker Waffleton.

  4. itlduso says:

    Tha, tha, tha, tha, That's All Folks!

    (I bet the kids on this site don't know the reference.  It's happening to me more each year.)

  5. JohnInDenver says:

    So, context? What sort of 50,000 jobs (each paying $100,000)? Stumbling is a awkward thing, but it could be genetic.

    And are we supposed to be impressed by those jobs and the revenue, when the number of jobs in Colorado in Aug 2018 was 2,740,500? The 50,000 jobs are about the same number created since January of 2018.  When the $5 billion he's talking about compares to the Gross State Product for 2017 of $342,748,000,000? 

    • mamajama55 says:

      Pete Kolbenschlag? Was Stapleton lying about the Jordan Cove project here?

      • Duke Cox says:

        I don't know how often Pete logs on, but I can answer that one.

        He ( Stumbleton) believes what he is saying, but he is repeating bald-faced lies at worst and misinfomation at best. Guys like Stapleton operate on a baseline of lies given to them by the Oily Boys. 

        The Jordan Cove project is a long shot because of all the obstacles it faces, the most daunting of which is its lack of utility. The most noticable effect would be to slightly lower the "Rocky Mtn. discount". Piceance gas is expensive to produce. The difference in price for gas from here and that at the "Henry Hub" in Louisiana can be dramatic.

        The local boys see a way for them to make a "play" in the western Piceance and to access a market that doesn't force them to compete with all that cheap supply to the East. If they can access the LNG market in Asia, they might be able to finally start making a profit on Piceance basin gas. And expand over here in the Grand Valley and Roaring Fork Valley.

        That is their dream….but it is a pipe dream…for all the reasons Pete mentioned in his excellent diary. 

        Yes…he is lying. Whether he is aware of that or not is questionable.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Actually, those numbers are exaggerated. Last I looked there were no more than 15,000 workers in O&G exploration and production in this state, amounting to less than 2% of our economy. Those numbers fluctuate, but not by much.

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