“Yosemite Samantha” Hires Crack Team Of Local Crackpots

Lauren Boebert (R-ifle).

Ernest Luning of the Colorado Springs Gazette reports on news today from the campaign of surprise CD-3 Republican congressional nominee Lauren “Yosemite Samantha” Boebert, and Democrats who were worried Boebert’s campaign would find its professional footing after unexpectedly ousting incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton can relax, because that’s not happening:

Boebert, the restaurant owner and first-time candidate who defeated five-term U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in the primary, has added lead policy advisor Kristi Burton Brown, finance director Shana Kohn Banberger and communications director Laura Carno to her team, her campaign said.

Carno told Colorado Politics that the campaign won’t have a traditional campaign manager but will instead be managed by a team…

A campaign by committee! That is the most small government-y thing we’ve heard all day.

Kristi Burton Brown, as readers know, is the young Republican activist best known for fronting the failed “Personhood” abortion ban measures in previous Colorado elections, and more recently serving as the Colorado Republican Party’s vice-chair–in which her most notable act was to file the disastrously ill-advised recall attempt against Rep. Tom Sullivan that fell apart in disgrace last summer. Laura Carno is an unremarkable gun rights talking head out of Colorado Springs, whose glitterati days as a public face of the 2013 recalls faded into the rear view with the death of NRATV.

As for the “finance director?” Boebert will need to find some finances, yes. True that.

Although Luning gamely attempts to portray these hires as a sign of a formidable forthcoming campaign from Boebert, we’re inclined to see the opposite–a political neophyte taking terrible advice from our usual suspect crew of local losers. Let us know when the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) intervenes, because we suspect they’ll need to soon if they want to hold this once-safe seat.

25 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. NOV GOP meltdown says:

    Full of flash, showy, and zero substance ?  Is  " re-live the nightmare " going to be the scampaign slogan ?  I mean, I know Tipton was milquetoast and all but haven't we seen this movie before ? 

    And why am I asking myself all these questions ?

  2. RepealAndReplace says:

    She only hires the best. Like Donnie.

  3. skeptical citizen says:

    Is her crack team open carry crackers?

  4. JohnInDenver says:

    FEC report, as of 10 June, 2020 says

    LAUREN BOEBERT FOR CONGRESS  Active House ID: C00728238

    Total receipts……….$133,256.15

    Total disbursements $119,797.61

    Ending cash on hand $13,458.54

    • Barron X says:

      to a novice, it looks like she had enough to win the primary.

      • Duke Cox says:

        Well, I'll be. Hey, Barron.

        Good to hear from you…how you been?

        • Voyageur says:

          While on the subject of AWOL polsters from El Paso County, anyone seen Zappatero?

        • Barron X says:

          can you believe there is life after 65 ?  Me, neither.  I am sheltering in place, dodging the COVID.  And Rosa still hasn't worked up the gumption to leave me, thank goodness. 

          sojourned to Turkey to support USAF drone operations over Syria.

          Figured out I was supporting ethnic cleansing on a large scale and bailed.  The cover story, "fighting ISIS," was 90% false.  It was really about taking land from Syrian Arabs and giving it to Syrian-ish Kurds.  Arabs who resisted were branded "ISIS."  And the Arabs had taken it from the Kurds with the help of the Ottoman Sultan in the late 19th Century.  And before that it was … (wash, rinse, repeat.)   The Kurds knew we were using them, and why, but still they went along for the ride.  

          There were actual ISIS fighters there, but we were mostly co-opting them to do our bidding. 

          So I landed in California, and haven't fared well.  Colorado beckons.  Planning to return this month, so I wanted to check out ColoradoPols, the most telling barometer of the political weather. 

          I am FASCINATED by the results of the GOP primary in CD-03.  You know what it reminded me of ?  Me helping Tom Tancredo in his 2010 gubernatorial bid, because who wanted Dan Maes to win ?  So, Tea Party begets Q Anon.  I didn't see that coming.  I know what I believe, what my values are, and that hasn't changed much, but I don't know if that still makes me a conservative, or something else. 

          This community looks vibrant and diverse.  good. 


          • Duke Cox says:

            Yeah, it has held together. Alva runs a pretty loose ship…and that's the way we like it. We have had some pretty entertaining trolls in recent years, but we don't see much of them, lately. I think you will still enjoy the give and take here. Come on home.

            I am still disagreeable, but everyone else is nice.laugh

          • The realist says:

            Barron says "I know what I believe, what my values are, and that hasn't changed much, but I don't know if that still makes me a conservative, or something else." I think it makes you "something else," and perhaps you need to help define what that something else is. Just about the only classic conservatism I see now are the anti-Trump Republicans (such as the Lincoln Project) and some unaffiliated conservatives. Some of us who are flaming liberals would love to continue dialogues with sane conservatives who have not been co-opted by Trumpism (which is not an ideology but instead a criminal operation).

  5. kwtree says:

    I wouldn’t dismiss Laura Carno as a communications director. She’s a decent writer, has digital skills,  very well known and well connected in all the GOP circles ( Independence Institute, , the Neville grift empire, as well as establishment Republican politics.)

    But the candidate is a young liar, who has zero formal college education, demonstrates reckless disregard for public health,  is showy and a camera hog but has no policy beyond “Guns = Freedom!” She is embracing Trump, which does not work for candidates in general elections in Colorado.

    So we’ll be seeing a lot of Boebert between now and November. It will be up to Diane M Bush to sell herself as the safe candidate, as opposed to Boebert’s shoot em up persona.  

    • Duke Cox says:

      That shouldn't be hard for her to do. She is a very smart and thoughtful person….and does not pack a sidearm, as far as I know.laugh

    • JohnInDenver says:

      IMHO, biggest challenge for a "communications director" for Boebert will be instilling a sense of message discipline.  Will she be able to get the committee to clarify what ought to be the central messages of the campaign and get the candidate to stick to those issues and the general lines agreed to ?  Or will we hear more about wrestling with other members of Congress, how she enjoyed talking to Trump's political director, and which Freedom Caucus members say they want to come campaign with her? 


  6. kickshot says:

    She's gaining in infamy. Her candidacy and surprise her win over Tipton are gaining mention in some areas of the internets. On the Daily Beast she is know for four things:

    Poisoning her customers

    Her open-carry restaurant

    Her faith in QAnon

    Errr …. I can't remember the fourth. What is it?

  7. emarquez says:

    I am curious as to how many Republican "women with guns" are running in the state. Here in Chaffee County, a Republican candidate for county commissioner is running against a sitting Dem who is a 23 year in retired Navy Commander. Here is one of her publicity photos:

    Local Republicans are enthralled.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Why would a candidate want to stress a name like Hannah Hannah on her sign? 

      And H serifs turning into an eagle or an osprey?

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        To emphasize that she’s doubly qualified?

        Cuz’ she be totin’ an “H” for each gun she’s atotin’?  (plus she’s bootstrappin’ — not gonna’ have to rely on the gubbermint for any of her  “H”s …)

        Maybe she manages a bar and grill with a shortage of “H”s, but a big vermin problem? . . .

        . . . or, has dreams of being to be a waitress food service professional?

        But, seriously, from the webz …

        “ Hannah Hannah, the social media manager for real estate firm R Investments, is running for the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners in the District 1 seat.”


        “For a lifetime my brother and I have been best friends and now we’re part of a team changing the nation through R Investments. R team was recently in the spotlight when …”

        Check it out — it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen.

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