In Which a Colorado Senator Straight-Up Threatens a Reporter

Sen. Vicki Marble (R).

Last night, 9NEWS’ Kyle Clark aired comments by GOP Sen. Vicki Marble of Broomfield–first reported by our friends at the Colorado Times Recorder–calling for some portion of the state to secede and form a new state to uphold conservative principles in the wake of 2018’s sweeping Democratic victory:

Republican Senator Vicki Marble of Fort Collins is suggesting conservative parts of Colorado secede to form the 51st state in response to Democrats’ proposed oil and gas regulations…

“My recourse is SECEDE,” Marble posted. “Boulder and Denver metro are so removed from the working man’s reality.”

Of course, as anyone who has lived in the state for more than a few years knows the secession impulse among Colorado Republicans is a very predictable response anytime they realize that they are not in majority power. A 2013 ballot measure in support of secession appeared on the ballot in 11 mostly rural counties in the northeast part of the state. It failed miserably, and even if it had passed the actual process of carving out a new state, requiring the approval of the existing state legislature and Congress, it was onerous enough to be a complete waste of every rational person’s time.

But if you thought that would stop Vicki Marble, who competes with pistol-packing Rep. Lori Saine each year for the honor of biggest setback to the Colorado Republican brand, you don’t know Vicki Marble!

Unfortunately, however, a little ventilation of steam from the fringe of the Senate Republican minority is not where this story ends. Sometime after 9NEWS’ report on Marble’s comments yesterday, the Senator from Broomfield responded via social media:

Marble then responded to a report on her secession comments on Next with Kyle Clark in a Facebook post Friday night.

“Let the ‘Ambush begin….you know what I mean…. Kyle,” Marble posted. “I’m coming after you.” [Pols emphasis]

[Senate GOP spox Sage] Naumann was not immediately available for comment on Marble’s threat.

We know there’s going to be some argument over how bad this is. What we’ll say is that Sen. Marble makes no attempt to clarify the nature of her threatened “ambush” on 9NEWS’ Kyle Clark, and following that up with “I’m coming after you” is nothing short of chilling. It’s very difficult to not take these comments as unambiguous threats of violence, and we are additionally obliged to point out that Marble is a strident gun-rights activist with an extremely well-armed base of support. And if that wasn’t enough, Colorado lawmakers routinely carry concealed weapons in the Capitol despite the presence of State Patrol security and the fact that all other CCW holders must disarm before entering.

In short, no one should take Sen. Marble’s silly threat of secession seriously. But as shocking as it may be to be having this conversation about a sitting Colorado lawmaker, there are far more plausible–and personal–threats from Sen. Marble to worry about. This incident raises fundamental questions about the kind of people Colorado Republicans are elevating to public office. Marble’s many previous lowlights from ChickenGate to berating a Cub Scout were clues even for the clueless that she has no business serving in the Colorado Senate.

It may be time to escalate this from an idle discussion to a matter of public safety.


73 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Pseudonymous says:

    I wonder if, when Kyle first asked Sage if the senator had a comment for the story, he misheard what Sage said.  Kyle wrote that Sage said she was "unavailable for comment."  I wonder if Sage actually said, "She's too unstable to comment."

  2. Duke Cox says:

    Wait…we're talking about Kyle, "enemy of the people" Clark. Amirite? 

  3. deathpigeon | they/them says:

    I'm somewhat embarrassed to share a name with her (tho, tbf, I do spell it differently).

  4. dustpuppy says:

    *cough* Criminally and mentally insane. *cough*



  5. RepealAndReplace says:

    Good God, she has become completely untethered!

  6. Invalid_Username says:

    First of all, secession doesn’t sound any less loony coming from Coloradans than it does from Texans or Californians. It smacks of "I'm going to take my ball and go home. Secondly, does anyone have a Facebook link to the post? I'm unable to locate it.

  7. JohnInDenver says:

    I do hope Kyle Clark requests a clarification from Senator Marble …. for the word salad offered what could be a threat, but could also be interpreted as an offer to car pool.

  8. Genghis says:

    Remember when Vicki "The coloreds would be a whole lot healthier if they'd lay off the goddamn fried chicken" Marble got completely owned by an 11-year-old? Good times.

    lol Vicki Marble, a dipshit's dipshit.

  9. MADCO says:

    Why assault the media? I mean Kyle didn't make anything up.

    And secession is a dumb idea. So dumb a Republcan president actually went to war over it.  He was an awesome President. You could look it up.

  10. Gray in Mountains says:

    The photo. What is the kind of garment Marble wears?


    • notaskinnycook says:

      Your guess is as good as mine. If it's an evening gown, the rifle is terribly out of place. If it's a racy nightgown one must wonder; is that thing her bedmate?

    • mamajama55 says:

      From Marble's' Facebook page photos, she wore the dress and won the firearm in a raffle at the Marine Corps ball in 2013. So it would be an "evening gown" of sorts.

      It was not the photo that went out with the rambling threat to newsman Kyle Clark. The photo on that post was of Marble and her family playing Jenga.

      Marble's point, if she had one, was that Clark wasn't sufficiently supportive of the oil and gas industry which allows families to play Jenga together in warm houses on cold nights. . Also that he shouldn't "ambush" her with a surprise interview, because she was going to ambush him first. She's coming after him, in fact.

      Oh Kay. She really is kind of unhinged.

      So warm nights in the house thanks to oil and gas industry, freeze in the dark crowd freezing in the dark outside, anti-frackers = commies….it all sounds vaguely familiar. Where have I heard those talking points before? Hmmmmm.

  11. CDW says:

    We could help the secessionists and think up a name for their new state.  Save them the trouble.  Maybe we could have a contest.

  12. Diogenesdemar says:

    This is just sad. Honestly. I can’t help but wonder what has happened to those past legislative giants of the Republican party in Colorado; those exemplars of reason and decorum, who if they had any problem with a reporter they didn’t like, wouldn’t issue ugly threats of ambush, but would merely politely kick them out of the way??? . . . 

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