Delta County Commish Hopes There’s No Violence, But…

Don Suppes.

Here’s a video we were forwarded of Delta County Commissioner Don Suppes, who readers east of the Divide probably remember better a fierce Republican opponent to now-Sen. Kerry Donovan from her tough SD-5 election in 2014. Suppes, speaking at a “Reopen Colorado” rally Saturday along with Rep. Matt Soper and other local GOP luminaries, railed against Gov. Jared Polis and called on supporters to “put pressure” on the state government–saying he “prays to God” that “we can get this resolved without getting violent.”

The implied threat in these words is of course very clear. Affecting disdain for violence and then immediately offering sympathetic justifications for that violence is tantamount to threatening violence. Suppes knows this, and his open-carrying audience last weekend knew it too. When the press comes calling, this tacit understanding is strenuously denied even though all parties know what’s going on. It’s a game as old as closeted racism itself.

Apropos on the subject of racism, in 2014 now-Commissioner Suppes was hit with revelations of racist social media activity–for which he concocted an elaborate “rogue staffer” defense that was a bit too convoluted to believe. The incident contributed with other scandals to Suppes’ narrow loss to Donovan that year. Suppes’ political brand is all about this kind of shock-jock conservatism, so it can’t be considered out of character.

Gov. Polis has got a nice state here, and we too hope nothing bad happens to it.

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  1. Duke Cox says:

    Please, Colorado…promise me you won’t claim to be surprised when some diigiis  (HT kwtree) from one of our militia groups here on the western slope takes it upon themselves to start the war. There is a vigilante training center in Cameo. The State and BLM can call whatever they like, it was built with tax dollars so adult gunnies can teach gunny larvae their gunny ways.

    There are more of them than you think.

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    This soon to be just in: . . . 

    “Wearing a mask is the ‘mark of the beast’ prophesied in Revelation.” . . . 

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Well, I was reading Talking Points Memo and learned that the "legal experts" folks were now claiming they could scam businesses by claiming "disability status" to not wear masks.

      “I have a medical condition that I’m not allowed to wear a mask, and I’m not required by HIPAA rules and regulations to disclose that,” the would-be Gelson’s shopper Shelley Lewis — who internet sleuths later uncovered is a prominent flat earth activist — told a store manager earlier this month. …

      [a circulated meme of] The flier, indeed, encourages skeptics to call the Justice Department’s ADA Information Line.

      “If this went to court, a store would be found to be within their rights to require people to wear masks,” said Andrew Imparato, executive director of Disability Rights California, a non-profit that represents people with disabilities in court.

  3. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Now I'm just one of those loud mouthed Front Range flatlanders who doesn't "know shit" about what "real folks" do on the Western Slope.

    But I'll still offer that the good Commissioner maybe should be more concerned about the Trump administration turning over the North Fork Valley to the oil & gas industry for leasing. As in, what will be the impact on the diversified, organic farming, tourism, winery, recreation, publishing, economy that is already there? Or maybe the Commissioner doesn't consider the part of the North Fork Valley west of the Gunnison County line to really be a part of Delta County?

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