Colo. Lawmaker: You Can “No Longer Trust” the “Biased” Postal Service

(Can’t trust somebody, anyway – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Colorado State Rep. Rod Pelton, a Republican from Cheyenne Wells, is joining a chorus of conservatives nationwide who are attacking the United States Postal Service (USPS) ahead of an election that will rely heavily on mail-in voting.

“Conservatives if you want your ballot to count, better drop it off yourself,” wrote Pelton on Facebook, sharing an Associated Press article regarding a postal service workers union’s endorsement of Democrat Joe Biden for President. “No longer trust the Postal services to do a job that’s not biased.”

The National Association of Letter Carriers’ endorsement of Biden comes after President Donald Trump admitted to depriving the USPS of much-needed funding in order to make it more difficult to process mail ballots during the upcoming election, when an unprecedented number of voters are expected to utilize mail ballots due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pelton did not respond to an email seeking to know whether he supports Trump’s attempts to defund the USPS ahead of the 2020 election or whether he acknowledges Colorado’s position as a leader in voting-by-mail.

In Colorado, mail ballots have been the primary method of voting since 2013, and despite some conservatives’ claims that mail ballots beget voter fraud, Colorado’s successful history of using mail ballots proves otherwise. Former Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams has joined Democrats in backing Colorado’s vote-by-mail system.

Trump began attacking the mail voting system at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., with many in the Republican Party, including in Colorado, following suit. As conservatives have expanded their condemnation to include the USPS, a highly trusted and revered institution in the minds of the majority of Americans, and as the 2020 election draws nearer, public outcry has ensued.

A wave of rallies nationwide took place on Saturday as part of a coordinated effort to raise alarm about cuts to USPS, including multiple in Colorado.

Advocates focused not only on the danger to the upcoming election if the USPS can’t operate normally, but on the institution’s critical role in the everyday lives of Americans, especially those in rural areas.

Major delivery companies like UPS and FedEx tend not to service the country’s most rural and remote areas, so the USPS serves as a lifeline for those communities, including by delivering critical medication.

Pelton represents one of Colorado’s most rural districts in the northeastern corner of the state.

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  1. JohnInDenver says:

    Attacking the USPS — an agency which leads federal government agencies in the favorable/unfavorable polling — " 91% of Americans hold a favorable view of the USPS."

    On the other hand, Gallup finds favorable judgment of the Republican Party (43%).  The "approval" rating of *resident Trump has now ticked back up to 42% . Congressional approval, according to Economist/YouGov survey in the field 8/23 – 8/25 breaks as +19/-55%.  Colorado's unaffiliated voters surveyed just after the 2018 general election found "The Republican Party has a net negative image rating, with only 25% of respondents having a favorable opinion of the party and 53% having an unfavorable opinion."

    So sure … let's have the Republicans criticize the USPS. 

  2. davebarnes says:

    I would suggest that Pelton’s mailman only deliver mail once a week.

  3. kwtree says:

    Pelton’s a real piece of work. He was, unfortunately, my rep when I lived in Brush. Bethleen McCall ran unsuccessfully against him in ’18.

    Here he is in the Brush Tribune pontificating on why eastern plains people shouldn’t wear masks like city folks.

    This was at the same time that there was a serious sustained outbreak of Covid at the Eben-Ezer Care Center in Brush, in which 20 people died as of May, and the commandeering of PPE from the facility made national news. (to no protest from Pelton).

    There were also  huge hotspots at two nearby meatpacking plants – JBS Swift , and Cargill in Fort Morgan, both of which are in Pelton’s district. Morgan and Weld Counties still have some of the highest infection rates in Colorado, mostly from the meat industry. (710 cases, 47 deaths in Morgan, 3,979 cases and 146 deaths in Weld) But no, eastern plains folks don’t need those masks,  says Pelton, because freedumb.

  4. Mr. L. Prosser says:

    Pelton, of course, is not referring to "those people" who work in processing plants but to the fine, upstanding yeoman farmers he represents.

  5. Matt A. Harry says:

    He may have a point since I still haven't gotten any of my checks from Soros. Surely they're lost in the mail.

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