Colorado GOP Sheepishly Tries To Undo Trump’s Damage

UPDATE: We’d be remiss if we failed to note in this post how Rep. Ken Buck himself helped spread baseless worries about Colorado elections, asking the Department of Justice to investigate a now-deleted error-riddled CBS4 Denver story about “dead voters.”

The head of Colorado’s Republican party, Congressman Ken Buck is asking the Justice Department and the Federal Election Commission to review whether the postcards went to people ineligible to vote.

His request is based on a CBS4 Denver news story — that the station subsequently removed from its website — which incorrectly claimed the Secretary of State was using the voter rolls to send out postcards to “Non-Citizens, Dead People Urging Them To Vote.”

Misinformer, inform thyself.

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GOP chairman Rep. Ken Buck (R).

Veteran political reporter Sandra Fish writes for the Colorado Sun:

Colorado’s election results will be official within a week at the most without the controversies surrounding lawsuits and certification seen in other states…

The county canvass boards that certify elections are composed of the county clerk and an equal number of members from the Democratic and Republican parties. In two counties, Jefferson and Boulder, the Republican members refused to sign certification documents, but in 36 other counties contacted by The Colorado Sun no objections were reported. A majority of the board members is required to certify the election results.

Although as we noted previously there was some baseless grumbling from a few local Republicans, echoing the similarly baseless allegations made by soon-to-be-ex President Donald Trump as Trump slowly comes to grip with his defeat, the 2020 elections in Colorado were once again for a model of administration for safe and secure mail ballot elections everywhere.

But as Colorado Public Radio’s Bente Birkeland reports, the uncontroversial conclusion of another mail ballot election in Colorado, against the backdrop of Trump’s insistence that the election was stolen via mail ballots, has landed the Colorado Republican Party in what you’d call a messaging pickle:

The head of Colorado’s Republican Party is trying to reassure members of the GOP that there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the state…

Three Republican election officials joined [Rep. Ken] Buck for an hour-long election security discussion to answer questions Wednesday night and address concerns from members of the GOP. Close to 700 Republicans tuned in.

…Buck declined to weigh in on Trump’s unfounded criticism of the election outcomes in several states he’s tried to contest.

“I’m comfortable discussing Colorado. I have no idea what they do in Detroit. I have no idea what they do in Philadelphia. I have no idea what they do in Atlanta. And so I can’t talk about those,” Buck said. “I can’t talk about the integrity of the elections and other states.”

Despite Buck’s attempt to put distance between Colorado’s election system and whatever  is going on in those big scary diverse ‘urban’ cities out East, last night’s conference call on the local Republican organizing platform CaucusRoom featured Republican county clerks explaining in detail how their Dominion Voting Systems hardware was tested and certified for accuracy–which directly undermines one of the biggest fantasy contentions of the lawyers suing to overturn the results of elections in swing states:

[GOP Weld County Clerk Carly] Koppes added that it’s not even technically possible for Dominion software to switch votes because the software does not designate which candidate is assigned a particular oval on the paper ballot. [Pols emphasis]

That’s the last thing Sidney Powell wants the faithful to hear, folks.

In the end, there’s simply no way to reconcile the truth about mail ballots as Colorado voters have experienced over the course of multiple major elections now with Trump’s dead-ender claims of vote fraud having robbed him of a second term. Colorado voters know from personal experience that Trump is lying about mail ballots, just as every post-election investigation and court battle has factually determined.

It will be a relief for everyone someday when local Republicans can just admit that.

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  1. kickshot says:

    Too bad that they can’t reach over and undo this:

    Trump administration sets wave of executions for days leading up to Biden inauguration

    Dump working hard to solidify his brand. It wasn’t enuf to put kids in cages and deport their parents with no trace.

    If there was ever a reason to prosecute the mofo to the max once he’s locked out of the WH, this is a good place to start the argument.

    Oh, and as if on cue:
    The Justice Department published a rule change, set to take effect this month, allowing federal executions by methods other than lethal injection, including firing squads or electrocution, in certain circumstances.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      You want to hear some crazy shit? I had to run up to V’s old stomping grounds today and took my parental unit’s car (which is always tuned to Patriot Radio, XM125).  Talk of Civil War, dishonoring our (slave-owning) Founding Fathers, Dems can no longer be called ‘American’.  One asked the question: just imagine what we could do with 50 Ted Cruz’ in the Senate!!!
       

      Ken helped build this. 

      • JohnInDenver says:

        re: " just imagine what we could do with 50 Ted Cruz "

        My guess?  The 50 would be so busy arguing with one another, the Senate wouldn't be doing much at all.

        If they were able to get in sync, there would be 50 votes for the Cruz proposal … and 50 opposed, so it would come down to the vote of the Vice President. 

  2. bullshit! says:

    big scary diverse ‘urban’ cities out East

    Everybody knows what dog whistle Buck blows.

  3. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    NOOOO!!!  Ken, Ken, Ken, say it ain't so. "Everybody knows" that Trump won Colorado in a landslide, but was cheated due to mail ballot fraud. And you are wimping out. Where is Rudy? Where is Jenna Ellis when they're needed!!!

  4. JohnInDenver says:

    re: " Close to 700 Republicans tuned in. "

    I am trying to fathom why 700 people would want to dial in to ask questions or listen to discussions about election security.  When the system has been in place since 2013, including for a 2% win in the 2014 Senate race. Since a Republican Secretary of State has said over and over that Colorado's system is sound. Since multiple county election officers are Republicans, and to the best of my knowledge, most tasks in the election process are done by paired teams of different parties (Democrats, Republicans, Independents).

    Do people really not know how their votes are handled and counted?
     

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