Recall Ballin’ Outta Control: Steal His Look!

Since last Friday’s unforgettable moment at the Colorado Secretary of State’s office as two…well, rustic looking gentlemen arrived from Pueblo to turn in a total of four signatures in support of a recall against Senate President Leroy Garcia–just a few signatures short of the required minimum 13,506–there’s been a lot of chatter about what exactly happened down in Pueblo over the last 60 days. Who was in charge of collecting signatures? What happened to all the money they raised? Why did the campaign tell us early last week that they were “on track?”

And above all, why the hell would they put four signatures in two Budweiser boxes?

There’s a good possibility that the answers to all of these questions will get thrown in the dustbin of history along with the rest of the Colorado GOP’s failed recall attempts and the colorful characters who made them impossible not to watch. We mean that of course in the train wreck sense, not entertainment you’d ever put yourself through voluntarily.

With all of this in mind, many readers were especially captivated by Dave DeCenzo, the Garcia recall organizer who as it turns out egregiously misled the Colorado political press corps early last week into reporting that the recall was going well. Marching into the Secretary of State’s office Friday with his two signatures in a Budweiser box, DeCenzo cut a remarkable, not what you’d exactly call dashing pose. And with Halloween fast approaching, some of our readers will find DeCenzo’s look to be the perfect costume! Here’s a Steal This Look guide we were forwarded for dressing like a Colorado recall pro:

You’ll be the life of the party. Take pics.

27 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Moderatus says:

    Ha ha rural people are such idiots. Right Pols?

    And you wonder why Democrats aren't popular in the countryside??

    • unnamed says:

      You wonder why Republicans aren't popular in the high population areas, dummy?


      BTW, were you one of the four people that signed a recall petition against Leroy Garcia?  Or did you screw that up and the SOS office threw yours out because something was wrong with it?

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Ha ha — No, idiot. It’s that idiots are idiots, idiot.

      . . . why do you hate “rural people,” idiot??

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Moderatus…..the most eloquent spokes-shill for rural people since Arnold Ziffel was turned into Sizzlean.

    • Arvadonian1 says:

      Is it your assertion that this "Uncle Jesse" wannabe is representative of "rural people"?  

      As an individual who has lived a good portion of my life in a town of 300 with a cornfield out my back door, I can tell you….he is a caricature of "rural folk".  His "look" no more represents "rural folk" than his obviously lack of skill in the area of mathematics. 

  2. ajb says:

    Shouldn't that Budweiser case come with just one beer?

  3. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Actually, Moderatus is correct about Dems not being popular in rural areas. Saw something recently about that issue from Montana Governor Steve Bullock. With Trump's tariffs wrecking farm profits, Dems could make real headway if they can get out of the continual focus on the AOC style socialism.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      We've had this discussion before, CHB.  We do love our socialism.  To quote V, "it ain't socialism if its a white guy getting the check!!"  That, and the fact that the most robust economic activity today is being driven by Democratic policies (billions in wind, solar projects; new schools in practically every small community) just makes for more head-shaking.  As long as we continue with our ideologically-bent, flame-throwing leadership we've had/have nothing is going to change.  We're increasing irrelevant; we'd rather harbor a grievance over a non-issue than to work out a political win by engaging the other side.  

    • Diogenesdemar says:


      Bzzzzxt wah wah wah . . .

      . . . I’m sorry CHB, [il]logic failure.  Rural America with its co-ops, producer associations, REAs and other utility and energy providers, etc., etc., has little disdain for socialism in practice — but it has always had a heaping helping of insular aversion to “outsiders” and “others” (i.e., wrong complexion, wrong religious belief, wrong country of origin, wrong sex, wrong hairstyle, wrong attire, wrong musical taste, wrong dietary preferences, etc., etc.).  

      You’re right, they do fear AOC, but not for the lame reason you gave.  They also used to fear fenced prairie, Chinese railroad workers, and those new-fangled horseless tractors.  Progress is hard in rural America, mostly because it’s just not historically welcome; rural America never has, and never will be, an engine or embracer of progress and change . . .

      . . . the same as it ever was.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        Gentlemen: I'm thinking much more about the Midwest here, not rural Colorado. Dems can reclaim PA, MI, WI in 2020; maybe also IA; but they need something more than the inner city appeal of AOC. And I don’t think I gave any reason at all; let alone one that is “lame;” other than Trump tariffs.

        Any of you, besides Michael, actually read the Green New Deal? There is good stuff in there about climate. But additional "social justice" items that distract from what could be a pure climate message.

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          but they need something more than the inner city appeal of AOC

          Well, now you're just baiting KiwiTree aka MamaJama aka La Pomposa by picking on AOC. That doesn't mean you're wrong, CHB.

          You're right about the Green New Deal. It does have good stuff in it but the good stuff about saving the planet is mixed in with all the economic crap.



          • Curmudgeon says:

            Is there any conversation here that doesn't turn into old white guys caterwauling about AOC? 

          • Conserv. Head Banger says:

            R & R: AOC for me is a mixed bag. Just when she is getting it right on something like climate, then she wants to re-make the entire economy with no idea how to pay for it all.

            And AOC has taken her share of criticism from the far left types who want to replace capitalism with socialism. That worked out real well in the Soviet Union.

            • MichaelBowman says:

              I'm all for an environment that lets people contribute to a marketplace of ideas (which Congress should be).  She's one of 435 representatives; there are still a few tea partiers left who give plenty of balance on the other end of the scale.  

              If our Congress could ever get beyond dysfunction we could take the ideas our representatives bring to CapHill and turn them into some useful.  Until then we're stuck with 'he said/she said'.  

              It's a sad place and time we're in in many ways: a time when we've amassed more knowledge than at any time in the history of mankind; created the technology to fix every damn problem we have. All while our system of governance is held hostage by a minority of Americans who think Arthur Laffer is a real economist, that lynching isn't just for black people anymore and can’t explain the difference between socialism, communism and Democratic socialism.

              Some uplifting words from avowed socialist AOC Yvon Chouinard: "it's not too late…."  

              [C]houinard remains unsatisfied. The 81-year-old is more focused than ever on demonstrating, by Patagonia’s example, the lengths a company can go to protect the planet. During a break from fishing near his Wyoming home, Chouinard is both passionate and wry in discussing his business philosophy, what we get wrong about sustainability, why he’s so excited about regenerative agriculture, and Patagonia’s rising political machine.

              FC: What do you make of proposals like the Green New Deal? Is that encouraging?

              YC: It is, absolutely. I’m an avowed socialist. I’m proud of it. That was a dirty word just a few years ago until Bernie Sanders brought it up. It was equated with communism and that whole thing. Yet the countries around the world that are most squared away are all socialistic countries like those in Scandinavia. I’m not talking about Venezuela, which is a disaster. That’s not a socialistic country. That’s a . . . I don’t know what.


            • Duke Cox says:

              As Michael says, the Soviet Union embodied socialism only insofar as communism is rooted in socialism, but hardly pure.

              • kwtree says:

                It depends on the commitment to small-d democracy, in my opinion. Old style communism mandates a “dictatorship of the proletariat “, which always devolves into plain old dictatorship. This clears the way for the abuses of a Stalin, a Mao, a Kim Jong etc, who then become entrenched and build a police state which represses free speech. 

                Women, sexuality, and the means of reproduction have to be rigidly controlled in dictatorships, as well…usually while giving vehement lip service to equality of the sexes.

                European style democratic socialism says that there are common goods: health, education, environment- that these are worth taxing heavily for, since then the people can access those common goods at free or low cost. 

                At the same time, they keep a democratic process, and don’t obsess over who is a real “proletariat”. 

                We in the US are almost the last major industrial country that hasn’t embraced this hybrid model of some commonly owned social institutions, with a capitalist free enterprise model that encourages innovation, and a robust democracy in which politicians are accountable to constituents. 


        • Diogenesdemar says:

          And I don’t think I gave any reason at all;

          Then, maybe it was me or Bowman or someone else that said? . . . 

           if they can get out of the continual focus on the AOC style socialism.

          . . . or maybe not?  Who knows; who can tell?   It’s all so confusing, whatever “it” may, or may not, be . . . 

          . . . Madco’s really the only person here who can keep this stuff straight, and then only if he really wants to, or the planets are properly aligned, or he’s bored enough, or something.

  4. kwtree says:

    I could care less about their fashion choices. DiCenzo’s look is pretty much a “Fuck you, Libs, you think I’m a yokel, I’ll dress like one” fashion statement, but also a practical work outfit. When I worked in construction jobs where I would get dirty, muddy, or needed lots of handy pockets, I wore similar coveralls and scruffy shirts in the middle of the city. I do think I wore it better. ☺️

    Victor Head, the plumber backflow preventer, was also supposedly one of the three that delivered the petitions to the Secretary of States’ office.I wonder why he chose not to be in the photos..,embarrassment? Resentment that the recall committee wasted his $5k donation?


    • Duke Cox says:

      I am not going to make huge deal of it because I know you're just having fun, but I think it should be noted.

      It is easy to make assumptions about people because of their involvement in certain activities, but I think your "steal his look" story may be a little too much fun for me. 

      I know a guy who looks and dresses just like (exactly like, actually) that guy in bibs you are teasing. He works, part time, on a farm after a career as an electrician. He is a fine, intelligent and gentle man with a big, happy family and has politics much more like my own. He is my brother.

      I'm going to surmise the reason the two casually dressed gentlemen who delivered the petitions did so, is they were the only ones in the sorry bunch of organizers with the courage to make the drive. 

      I imagine the stuffed suits and snarly suburbanites were too embarrassed. At least the old farmer and his friend had the balls to face their failure.

      All I am saying is…it is never a good idea to judge a book by its cover, or a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes. Even if they are work boots.

      • Voyageur says:

        Good for you, Duke.  I'll think of your post as I dress in my usual bib overalls.

        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          Duke makes a good point about how appearances can deceive. Years ago, I was hiking up a beautiful valley west of Denver with friends. While we were on break, this mean looking mother walked by us, dressed in obvious biker leathers and packing a gun in a holster. We caught up with him in a little while and found him out in a meadow, identifying wild flowers with a guidebook.

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