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July 15, 2021 11:38 AM UTC

MTG In El Paso County Going Over Like A Lead Zeppelin

  • by: Colorado Pols
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).

Faith Miller at Colorado Newsline follows up on a story that’s been developing out of conservative El Paso County for several weeks now–an upcoming appearance by infamous outrage-courting “QAnon” conspiracy theorist and freshman GOP Georgia congresswoman sans committee Marjorie Taylor Greene to be the keynote speaker at the El Paso County Republican Party’s “Lincoln Day Dinner,” which it could be argued should have Abraham Lincoln turning over in his grave:

Controversial Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is slated as the keynote speaker for the El Paso County Republican Party’s annual fundraising dinner in August.

Who shows up, and who doesn’t, could indicate the willingness of prominent Colorado Republicans to embrace the far right. But local elected officials generally appear to be avoiding that conversation…

One of the more important fundraising opportunities for county-level Republican Party organizations, the El Paso County Lincoln Day Dinner is already facing some controversy with the chair of the party Vickie Tonkins in a state of ongoing conflict with a large faction of…not moderate so much, but somewhat less unhinged than Tonkins and the FEC United quasi-militia fringe element that has supported her despite longstanding allegations of mismanagement. Inviting Congress’ biggest freshman Republican embarrassment (sorry, Lauren Boebert) to keynote the party’s annual fundraiser puts the El Paso County party faithful in an even more difficult position:

Four officials, including Republican County Commissioner Holly Williams, said they would not attend the dinner.

“[MTG] is not a speaker I am interested in hearing,” Williams said via text when asked her opinion on Greene.

State Sen. Bob Gardner, a Colorado Springs Republican, told Newsline he wouldn’t have attended regardless of the speaker. “I’m focusing all of my efforts, all of my fundraising and advocacy on taking the state Senate back (from Democrats),” Gardner said.

“I honestly will tell you, the decision doesn’t have anything to do with the invitation of Taylor Greene to the Lincoln Day dinner,” he added, declining to comment on the choice of speaker.

In addition to Sen. Bob Gardner, who when he says he is “honestly” telling you something almost certainly is not, at least two other local lawmakers say they’ll be traveling or otherwise committed on the day MTG comes to town. Again, whether it’s displeasure over inviting MTG in particular or with the state of the El Paso County GOP in general motivating some Republicans to stay home from the party’s big fundraiser, it’s still not a good development.

And then there’s the much larger contingent of El Paso County Republicans who don’t want to talk at all:

Elected officials who did not respond to requests for comment included: El Paso County Commissioners Carrie Geitner, Stan VanderWerf and Cami Bremer; University of Colorado Regent Chance Hill; state Reps. Shane Sandridge, Dave Williams, Andy Pico, Tim Geitner and Terri Carver; state Sens. Dennis Hisey and Paul Lundeen; and U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn.

Needless to say, that’s a whole lot of Republicans who either don’t want to get muddied up in this controversy or haven’t decided whether their loyalties lie. For example, El Paso County Commissioner Cami Bremer’s husband Eli Bremer, a possible Republican candidate to oppose Sen. Michael Bennet in 2022, does not want to appear in a photo with MTG–but there are consequences whether he shows up or not in a GOP primary.

At a moment when Colorado Republicans need more than ever to unite, MTG is helping them stay divided.

Those who say she’s a Democratic asset in the long run may have a point.


18 thoughts on “MTG In El Paso County Going Over Like A Lead Zeppelin

  1. Sergeant Merika fawning drooling over MTG while playing this trailer of der Führer’s bravery on the, ummm, battlefield? What could possibly go wrong? 

            1. Drive-by trolls are like weak chew toys for dogs.  And we're like the big dogs that go through those chew toys quickly and then they need to be thrown away.

            2. Sergeant Merika and Cadet Bone Spurs should jump a plane to Haiti and fix this problem, stat (maybe grab Erik Prince for an extra measure of insurance? Pull MTG from one of her cross-fit sessions with her tantric sex guru-lover?

              Rice theft threatens Haitian market for US exporters

              Armed thieves are threatening the viability of U.S. rice exports to Haiti, the largest foreign market for U.S. long grain milled rice. 

              The thieves have stolen 500 metric tons of U.S. rice worth $300,000 over the past three weeks, and U.S. farmers and millers are hoping the government can quell the chaos and crime that has been gripping the country.

        1. laugh

          The world hasn't seen pwnage that glorious since all those wingnut were posting photos of themselves pointing loaded pistols at their junk.

    1. @unnamed: October, 1994 saw the release of the No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded album. It has a great, 12+ minute, version of Kashmir. I have the CD and it's available on YouTube.

    1. Or more Dazed and Confused.  But if you look at some of the Republicans shying away, I get the impression that there's not a Whole Lotta Love.

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