TUESDAY UPDATE: 9NEWS’ Kyle Clark had some words of praise last night for Rep. Terri Carver, the only Republican lawmaker in the photo you can see below wearing a face mask as is mandatory in indoor public spaces.
— Next with Kyle Clark (@nexton9news) November 10, 2020
That’s one, anyway.
As the Denver Post’s Saja Hindi reports, the all-but-maskless (photo above) Colorado House GOP minority elected new leadership today to replace outgoing and thoroughly disgraced Minority Leader Patrick Neville, who led his caucus to its teensiest, tiniest littleness in decades through two successive election cycles:
After two rounds of voting, Rep. Hugh McKean of Loveland was selected as House minority leader, his supporters citing a need for change and leadership that understands each district’s needs are unique. McKean replaces Rep. Patrick Neville of Castle Rock, who decided not to seek another term in leadership following an internal battle about the caucus’ priorities.
The power struggle was evident as two people challenged McKean for the seat, including the assistant minority leader, Rep. Kevin Van Winkle of Highlands Ranch, and Rep. Tim Geitner of Falcon. Rep. Dave Williams of Colorado Springs turned down a nomination for assistant minority leader after McKean won the top post, citing their different views…
We wouldn’t call new Minority Leader Hugh McKean “moderate” in any objective sense, maybe graded on a curve already shot by fringe members of the Republican caucus like Neville and Rep. Dave Williams. Williams, who has happily settled into the job of lead House Republican freakshow succeeding his predecessor in HD-15 Rep. Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt, is determined to not learn a single lesson from the party’s 2018 and 2020 shellackings in Colorado:
“I think the reason we’re losing elections is because the voters are being tricked and deceived by Democrats, and we need to do everything we can to expose that deception,” he said.
Rep. Tim Geitner was Williams’ choice to be the next Minority Leader, and although Williams himself will not have a post in House Minority Leadership Geitner will keep the far right’s home fires burning as assistant minority leader. McKean’s ascension to House Minority Leader will also result in turnover for the lucrative job running the “independent” campaign arm of the House GOP, previously run by the Neville family’s stable of political storefronts including Values First Colorado–and after two of the most abysmal election cycles in Colorado House Republican history, nobody can consider this a bad development for Colorado Republicans. It is simply difficult to envision what greater failure looks like.
With that said, the near-absence of face masks at this caucus meeting in defiance of statewide and Denver mandatory public health orders, indoors where it really matters, is all the non-COVIDiot majority of the voting public needs to know about the new House GOP minority under Hugh McKean. The same obstinate backwardness that brought Republicans in Colorado to ruin prevails.
Want us to think differently? Tell your caucus to obey the law.
We hope the conference room where this meeting took place is thoroughly disinfected before its next use.