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December 10, 2021 07:30 AM UTC

When It Comes to the Prez Election, Multiple GOP Candidates in CO Can't Speak for "Other States"

  • by: Jason Salzman

(The new line — Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Heidi Ganahl and Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters.

A linguistic pattern has emerged among Colorado GOP candidates who say our state’s 2020 election was legitimate but refuse to denounce the baseless accusation that the presidential election was stolen by Biden.

Instead of revealing if they think the presidential election was fair, they simply say they can’t “speak” for “other states.”

In multiple interviews, GOP gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl has refused to answer whether she thinks last year’s presidential election was legitimate, instead repeating, “I can’t speak for the election integrity of other states.” She then adds, “But I can speak for Colorado and I would not be running if I did not think I could win here.”

Ganahl dropped the same talking point most recently on KFKA’s morning show Nov. 30: “I can’t speak for the election integrity of other states, but I can speak for our state, and I wouldn’t be running if I didn’t think I could win here.”

Another Republican gubernatorial candidate, former Paker Mayor Greg Lopez, used a similar phrase in an interview this week.

I can’t speak for other states,” Lopez was quoted as saying. “I don’t know what happened in those other states,” Lopez said. “All I know is what I saw — that everybody saw — with the videos of suitcases coming out from underneath tables, you know, and hearing some of those things. There’s enough out there from different sources and different cameras. The thing that gives me pause for serious concern. Did we, as a nation in every single state, protect the election process integrity? And I think that’s a valid question to be asking. … And who knows if we’ll ever find out what actually occurred? I mean, people are still questioning and debating what happened with the Kennedy assassination, what happened with other major situations, right?”

The first Colorado Republican to use the “other states” line in reference to the presidential election appears to be U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO).

“It is so important that people have confidence in their election, that people understand that — I can’t speak for other states — in Colorado, we are doing it the right way and we have confidence in our election results,” Buck said in December of 2020. Buck has since indicated some faith in the U.S. election process, but how much is not clear.

U.S. Senate candidate Eli Bremer, a Republican running to unseat Democrat Michael Bennet, has taken a similar stance, without using the same phrase about other states, saying he “[believes] that in Colorado the results that were reported are correct.” But he has neglected to comment on the national election.


9 thoughts on “When It Comes to the Prez Election, Multiple GOP Candidates in CO Can’t Speak for “Other States”

  1. What DO you say when speaking the truth may cost you…bigly? I guess it depends on whether you slither or walk upright.

    Excellent reporting, Jason. Thank you.

    1. Meanwhile in Wisconsin, the Legislative Audit Bureau [LAB] was reported as finding:

      The LAB’s follow-up review of Madison’s management of the 2020 election found all of the city’s pre-election tests of electronic voting equipment the agency checked were accurate and conducted within the required 10 days of the election.

      Meanwhile, all 551 Madison absentee ballot envelopes the Legislative Audit Bureau reviewed included a complete witness address and signature, as well as the voter’s signature. 

      1. You know what the nut cases will say to that:

        "This just goes to show exactly how deep the conspiracy to steal the election runs. They corrupted the auditors."

  2. I’m beginning to wonder if reporters asking Republican candidates this question isn’t now just prolonging the bias-confirmation and lunacy? 

    We all know that candidates are inveterate panderers who’ll say stuff and make up carefully crafted lies just to get through their campaign-fund hungry asses fed through the next upcoming election?  And, asking about their thoughts on the legitimacy of the previous Presidential election doesn’t do much except keep the focus on Diaper Don Cheetolini and his insane clown MyPillow cult — making it way too easy to toss out even more red meat.

    Maybe reporters should be asking instead what these clueless morons intend to actually do, and why and how, if elected?

    The blank stares and inane mutterings from inside all those empty heads at those kinds of questions about their having policies and plans for governing, would be pure gold — and do way more to inform the electorate.

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