Polis Recall Leader: Brauchler has said “yes to running” for Governor

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With a possible recall of Governor Jared Polis still months away, two prominent Colorado Republicans have purportedly already stated their intention to run for his office should the effort succeed. Resist Polis PAC board member Kristina Finley identified District Attorney General George Brauchler and former El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn as each having “already said yes to running” in a Facebook comment. Finley named the two Republicans while responding to a question on the “Resist Polis” Facebook group,

Reached for comment, Finley said she “heard through the grapevine that Brauchler and Glenn said yes.”

George Brauchler currently serves as District Attorney for Colorado’s 18th Judicial District. He briefly ran for Governor last year, before switching to the Attorney General race, which he eventually lost to Democrat Phil Weiser.

Darryl Glenn

Darryl Glenn served two terms as a County Commissioner for El Paso County’s First District, from 2010-2018. He ran for U.S. Senate in 2016, losing to incumbent Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO). Last year Glenn was one of several candidates to unsuccesfully challenge Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO5) in the Republican primary.

Colorado law states that a recall petition may not be circulated until the Governor has been in office for six months, hence the “Recall Is Coming 07.08.2019,” tagline on the “Game of Thrones” image posted by the recall group. On that day or any following when a petition is officially approved by the Secretary of State, a 60-day window opens, during which recall supporters must collect and submit over 631,000 valid signatures.

The Resist Polis PAC Recall group is one of two recall groups gunning for the Governor. It was launched by Tom Good, who was at one time an administrator of the other recall group, the “Official Recall Governor Jared Polis,” but is now in a dispute with its leader, Shane Donnelly.

The dispute apparently included questions of transparency and accountability, which led to Good’s group forming a board of directors, including Finley, who posted about Brauchler and Glenn. Finley also made the following statement about the group’s recall effort:

“This recall movement is not just a conservative movement. It is multi-partisan. We have Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, Constitutional Conservatives and also Republicans involved in this effort. Anyone and everyone who feels this administration has gone too far and has completely stepped on and shredded the Constitution is involved. Our rights are valuable, and we don’t want a nanny state.” Kristina Finley, Resist Polis PAC Recall board member.

Both groups have a monumental task ahead of them. The Colorado Sun’s John Frank reported yesterday that as of the latest campaign finance reports, neither group has raised more than a tiny fraction of the money required to run a successful signature gathering operation.

The “Official Recall Colorado Governor Jared Polis” committee filed its first financial report Friday and reported raising an underwhelming $25,500. …A hefty chunk — $3,000 — hired the legal firm of former Secretary of State Scott Gessler. The organization reported more than 400 mostly small-dollar donations and about $1,000 in cash increments under $20. In other words — not enough to be taken seriously yet. A separate group, the Polis Resist PAC, which formed back in the 2018 election, raised $13,900 according to its most recent report. John Frank, Colorado Sun e-newsletter “The Unaffiliated,” 4/30/19

Neither Brauchler nor Glenn returned calls asking them to confirm their interest in replacing Governor Polis. This post will be updated with any replies.

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  1. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    I went to look … various 2018 Initiatives required 98,492 signatures.  So, a recall of the governor would require a bit over six times as many signatures.

    Ballotpedia has a chart with "costs per required signature" for five measures on the 2018 ballot, running from $1.49 to $12.94.  Even at the low end of $1.49, it would require $941,190.

    On the “heard through the grapevine that Brauchler and Glenn said yes.” front:  I'm betting Brauchler and Glenn each said (at most) "well, if you are able to get the signatures, I will consider it." And neither has demonstrated amazing fundraising to be able to get into a serious campaign with Polis.

  2. Blackie says:

    Is Brauchler and Glenn the best they can do?

    My cat would be a better candidate.

    • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

      There are some reasonable, moderate Republicans with governing chops that could possibly win a statewide election: John Suthers, the guy they hated for his gun vote, ??? There are probably others. But they won't satisfy the crazytown base that wants to recall Polis in the first place.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Probably.

      Hopefully, your cat has better sense than to join the Republican party?

      (. . . And, anyway, these days they’re probably not likely to let anyone with as much sense as your cat join.)

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      . . . It’s either them or some simpleton craphead named Edwards.

  3. CDW says:

    Are separate ballots sent out for recall elections , or are recalls placed on local election ballots?  Is there a separate date for recall elections? Have been unable to find any information about the process.

    Thanks .

    • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

      The basics, from the Secretary of State:  CHAPTER 15: RECALL ELECTIONS

      Recall elections must fit into a timeline based on the submission and acceptance of the petition signatures — if there is an election scheduled in that time frame, the relevant election officer can use the same date.

      The recall ballot will contain both the recall initiative AND another vote with the names of those qualified to run (and space for a write in).  It opens up the interesting possibility of the recall vote succeeding — and the incumbent, being recalled, being reelected.  That just happened in Fall River, MA.

  4. RepealAndReplace says:

    Everyone knows that there’s a big drop off in turnout for a recall election but does anyone have actually percentages? I’d be curious to know. 

    I’d look at the Morse and Giron recalls and ignore 2002,recall of Tracy Baker. That was in a category of its own.

  5. gertie97 says:

    Why worry? Polis has oodles of money and can buy whatever turnout he needs.

     

  6. mrmiller1066 says:

    Just came in from the Polis town hall here in Cattle Rattle Springs. Deep red as I'm sure you know. 3/4 full house in a 300 seat  with about 20 Recall people. Polis got a standing O at the beginning and the end. It was fun.

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