Lauren Boebert May Have Herself a Primary Fight

Tim Foster

Earlier this month, State Sen. Kerry Donovan announced that she had filed paperwork to run for Congress in CO-03, seeking the Democratic nomination for the right to challenge Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert (R-ifle) in November 2022. As the first serious challenger to Boebert, Donovan raised more than $100,000 in a matter of days, indicating that there is serious interest both in Colorado and nationwide about getting rid of Q*Bert ASAP.

From what we hear, at least one potential Republican opponent to Boebert is inching closer to taking the plunge. Tim Foster, the longtime President of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, announced last month that he plans to retire from CMU in June 2021. Rumor has it that Foster is getting very serious about running for Congress in CO-03, which would give Boebert a well-known and extremely well-connected Republican Primary challenger.

Boebert has endeared herself to a certain group of Republicans in CO-03 who still love them some Donald Trump and who wait expectantly everyday to see what Q*Bert will Tweet out that will “own the libs.” But there is a separate and not insignificant group of Republicans in the district who have long grown tired of Boebert’s one-note antics and are interested in finding someone to represent CO-03 who is more interested in what Colorado needs than what Fox News and OANN want to hear.

Boebert’s antics have generated plenty of social media attention, though her attempts at being a real Member of Congress haven’t gone quite so well. She has clearly made little effort to be better informed about basic issues facing her district, which is something that virtually every media outlet in the state warned about last fall, and there is growing concern among more moderate folks in CO-03 that Boebert won’t be an effective Member of Congress as long as she focuses her time and energy on being talked about.

We’ve heard mention of a few potential Republican challengers in CO-03, though Foster appears to be the furthest along in making the actual decision to run. It’s also worth noting that Foster has a long relationship with former State Senator and current GOP consultant Josh Penry, so there’s plenty of smoke to accompany this potential fire.

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  1. JohnInDenver says:

    Republican dilemmas ….

    Boebert or Foster //  gun groups or alumni meetings // QAnon or Chamber of Commerce // Gessler or Penry // 

    I'm sure I'm missing a few.

  2. gertie97 says:

    I'd be surprised if Tim Foster runs for Congress. He's smarter than that. It is a shitty job for westerners because of the travel involved. Besides, Foster isn't near crazy enough for today's Mesa County GOP.


  3. Golden Girl says:

    Lots of wishful thinking going on regarding Foster's next move.  I don't see Tim Foster going after CD 3 – dream on folks!

  4. Dano says:

    Tis a pity most seem to feel he Tim won't run. He's a Republican that I could actually support.

    But you are probably right, he's not near crazy enough for today's GOP. But if he got through the primary, I doubt he could be beat in the general.

    • gertie97 says:

      Any rational Republican who could beat Boebert in a primary would be a shoe-in for the general in the 3rd. Unless redistricting adds a lot more Democrats, the district will remain largely Republican.


  5. Meiner49er says:

    Reverse side of the same coin and, as far as I'm concerned, their money ain't good here in Colorado.

  6. Levi says:

    I used to work for him.  He's ok, though more than little homophobic and bigoted – which passes for downright liberal I today's GOP.

    He also never washes his hands after a trip to the boys room.

    He'd prolly be a shoo-in, given how he's run CMU as a no show sinecure for gop hasbeens on the bestern slope.  He's gotta have many favors to call in.


  7. Dano says:

    My dealings with him were in the legislature in the early 90s. He was actually one of the LESS homophobic Republicans in office back then. 

    • Duke Cox says:

      It is difficult to argue with Tims’ success, if you define success by fundraising, construction, and public relations. I understand President Foster runs a tight ship. After several meetings with staff and faculty, I know some other stuff.

      I know that CMU (locally known as Colorado Methane University for the unusual number of adjunct professors recruited from the O&G industry) is not a bastion of shared governance. Faculty who question Tims’ rule know of whence I speak.

      He is much more dangerous than Calamity Jane Boebert, but I think he is after the governor slot, not a seat in a legislative body.. He doesn’t like to negotiate. He prefers to dictate..

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