Former CO GOP House Leader, Former Chair of CO Republican Party Back Biden

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Former Colorado GOP chairman Ryan Call.

Former Colorado Republican Chair Ryan Call, along with former Republican House leader Cole Wist, are supporting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Last week, Ryan Call joined Republicans and Independents for Biden, organized by the Lincoln project, a group founded by anti-Trump Republicans.

Wist discussed his support for Biden on the Craig Silverman Show podcast Saturday, saying Trump is “not a conservative.”

Asked what his breaking point for Trump was, Wist talked about Charlottesville, where a protester was killed by neo-Nazis.

“Charlottesville was, I think, a turning point for a lot of folks, because what it suggested was that this president was more interested in stirring the pot and dividing the country, rather than trying to appeal to unity to bring the country together.”

“We needed to say loud and clear after Charlottesville that bigotry is not welcome in the Republican Party,” Wist told Silverman.

Wist, who was assistant GOP house minority leader from 2016 and 2018, voted for Trump in 2016, he said, because he hoped Trump would “rise to the occasion.”

“I think a lot of people are leaving the party because they don’t believe that the standard-bearer of party represents their values,” he said.

Former Republican State Rep. Cole Wist.

Wist said the risks of four more years of Trump are unacceptable to him, including the risk of more division, more racial tension, less fiscal discipline. He also cited Trump’s lack of respect for the Constitution, separation of powers, and congressional authority.

The risks of a Democratic president are less, he said, calling Biden a moderate.

“Most importantly to me, [Biden is] a person who’s a decent, fine man,” said Wist, who has “no desire to be a Democrat.”

Reached by phone today, Call, who served twice as Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, declined comment.

Both Wist and Call spoke out against Republican efforts last year to recall Democratic lawmakers in Colorado.

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. kwtree says:

    Good for them. Let’s hear it for rule-of-law Republicans.

  2. JohnInDenver says:

    It will be interesting to watch to see whether they jump

     * into an effort to reform the Republican Party, this time WITHOUT the racists;

     * into efforts to form a replacement party, hoping to make Republicans every bit as relevant to elections as the American Constitution party, or

     * into political exile, men without a state.

    • DENependent says:

      You forgot the become Democrats option. Plenty of former Republicans in places like New England transitioned to being moderate Democrats. Many (most?) of the things that Call and Wist are likely to hold up as conservative values like rule of law and civilian oversight of the police are not accepted as values by Republicans. If they can swallow being personally against abortion, but in favor of keeping it legal (while helping to reduce the need for it through sex education) they’ll pass the test in all but the most liberal places.

      • JohnInDenver says:

        re: "the become Democrats option"

        Off the top of my head, I cannot recall a R elected (to office or to state party status) making a jump to D as anything beyond a voter.  And only a couple going the other way, from D to R.  So I didn't think it likely, and certainly not likely for Call and Wist.


  3. RepealAndReplace says:

    Nut lid should be along to denounce them.

  4. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Lauren Boebert probably hasn't noticed as she is overwhelmed by her hero worship of Trump.

  5. MichaelBowman says:

    Kudos to Ryan and Cole. 

Leave a Reply

Comment from your Facebook account

You may comment with your Colorado Pols account above (click here to register), or via Facebook below.