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July 11, 2019 03:04 PM UTC

Threats, Lies & Blackmail: Accusations Fly Among Colorado GOP Leaders

  • by: Erik Maulbetsch

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

RMGO's Dudley Brown with House GOP

In a flurry of social media posts following a controversial opinion piece exposing rifts in the Colorado Republican party, leaders and officials are leveling serious accusations at one another.

Among these is the claim that state Rep. Dave Williams (R-Colorado Springs) attempted to blackmail the author of the opinion column, and the author saying the state will investigate the statehouse minority leader’s chief of staff for threatening him.

Former El Paso County GOP Chair Joshua Hosler called Dudley Brown’s Rocky Mountain Gun Owners group the “Colorado’s Taliban” in a guest column for The Denver Post. In it he accused House Minority Leader Patrick Neville’s chief of staff Jim Pfaff of threatening to smear and extort him.

Hosler wrote in The Post:

Jim Pfaff works directly for House Minority Leader Patrick Neville. He asked when I was going to stop attacking RMGO and Dudley Brown. I responded, “I am not going to stop.” Pfaff then threatened to smear me with rumors…I told Pfaff that I had already heard those fake rumors and it was old news. Pfaff stated, “I am sure I will find more on you.” … I will not sell my soul to a devil like Jim Pfaff and not stand up to the cancer that is RMGO. Josh Hosler, guest commentary for the Denver Post, July 7, 2019.

In a subsequent July 10 Facebook comment, Hosler claims that “the state is going to investigate Pfaff” for his alleged threatening conduct.

Following publication of Hosler’s column, Missy Ward, president of the El Paso County Republican Women, commented on Facebook that she heard State Rep. Dave Williams (R-Colorado Springs) on a phone call in which he shared “rumors” about Hosler in an attempt at blackmail “to get Josh off RMGO.”

Missy Ward did not respond to a request for comment on her statement. Rep. Williams and Josh Hosler likewise did not reply to requests for comment.

Another El Paso County GOP activist, Dylan Sparks, whose LinkedIn page indicates he served as a 2019 Colorado House legislative aide, offered his opinion of Brown and State Reps. Neville, Williams, and Steve Humphrey (R-Severance). Sparks, whose controversial social media posts have been covered by Times Recorder, posted a meme picturing the four men with devil horns:

In a statement to Denver7 News, Minority Leader Neville wrote that Pfaff had “made amends” publicly to Hosler, a claim Hosler called “an absolute lie.”

For his part, Dudley Brown took to the airwaves on July 10 to call Hosler a “very very minor player…who is a little butt-hurt because we endorsed his opponent [Rep. Dave Williams, who defeated Hosler at the 2016 assembly for the House District 15 nomination]. He might as well admit that [former Congressman] Bob Beauprez is his puppet master.”


6 thoughts on “Threats, Lies & Blackmail: Accusations Fly Among Colorado GOP Leaders

  1. Dave Williams threatened on FB to "shut the House down every day." And they have the nerve to complain that Democrats aren't playing nice enough for them.

  2. I guess Dave Williams doesn't believe in elections. They do have consequences, Davey Boy.

    And to paraphrase an ’80s movie……….

    Sex, Lies, Videotape, and Dudley Brown.

  3. I know I'm on the periphery of politics and mostly read published stuff — but I can't recall a SINGLE time one set of Democrats threatened another set of Democrats in public phone calls that then are described on social media and in op eds. 

    Is it just my lack of recollection?  Or is there truly such a partisan divide?

  4. The recall petitions for Senators Pettersen (Jeffco, SD22) and Lee (C Spgs, Manitou SD18) were approved by S o S office yesterday, according to the Sun’s reporting. 

    Both Senators won by wide margins and were honest with voters about what to expect from their votes; but this hasn’t deterred the Neville clan and GOP leadership from trying to flip these 2 seats to retake the Senate.

    22 is now my district, and I’ll help with anti recall efforts. These guys are hiring paid circulators to be at every Jeffco library with the Polis, Pettersen, and repeal the popular vote petitions. 

    Pettersen has been pro-active,  canvassing for weeks now with positive messaging to her constituents.

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