Guileless or Master Troll? Rep. Matt Soper Sideswipes Boebert

Rep. Lauren Boebert, state Rep. Matt Soper (R).

Once considered a rising star on the Colorado Republican bench, State Rep. Matt Soper of Delta County kicked off his term in office with a residency scandal after winning the election in 2018, then further sullied his reputation by coming out as a Dominion Voting Systems election conspiracy theorist caught red-handed trying to meddle in the redistricting process for his own seat.

In the meantime, Soper has had to contend with the rise of Lauren Boebert, the whirling dervish of outrage who came out of nowhere in 2020 to oust somnolent incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Tipton–and has gone on to become a nationally-infamous and divisive conservative firebreather threatening to snuff out (or at least delay) the ambitions of Western Slope Republicans like Soper who were “waiting their turn.”

Boebert’s latest scandal, falsely suggesting fellow Rep. Ilhan Omar is a suicide bomber feared by U.S. Capitol Police and then twisting the apology Boebert was initially compelled to offer into more cheap shots against Rep. Omar, has come by far the closest to resulting in actual penalty for Boebert than any previous episode. Faced with the even further loss of influence for the Third Congressional District that stripping Boebert of her committee assignments would entail, as the Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby reports, Rep. Soper sent a letter last week to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi–yes, you’re reading that correctly–urging Pelosi not to punish all of CD-3 for Boebert’s actions:

In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Delta Republican said taking Boebert off of the committees she serves on doesn’t punish her, but the people of the 3rd Congressional District.

“While members of Congress may be impugning or defaming each other, this inner house spat should not result in punishing the entire legislative district,” Soper wrote Thursday to the Democratic congresswoman from California. [Pols emphasis]

Calling it a “cat fight,” Soper was referring to a recent spat between Boebert and U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar over what Boebert said about the Minnesota Democrat, who is Muslim, when the two allegedly were in the same elevator in the U.S. Capitol, an incident Omar said never happened.

So first of all, calling Boebert’s racist smears against Omar a “cat fight” is dismissive of the seriousness of the incident and (no nice way to say this) sexist as hell. But by pleading for Pelosi to not punish everyone in CD-3 for the actions of their representative, Soper is conceding at least implicitly that Boebert is an ongoing problem for the district. It’s not just Boebert’s refusal to request funding for projects in CD-3 citing political objections to the “earmark” process. Boebert’s polarizing approach and hostility toward the Democratic majority on matters large and small have effectively sidelined her in this Congress, and losing her vote on the Natural Resources Committee could be the last straw for Republican and unaffiliated voters in CD-3 not 100% on the Trump train.

With all of this in mind, ask yourself a question.

Who’s got two thumbs and might benefit from Boebert becoming more trouble than she’s worth?

Answer: a lot of people, including Matt Soper.

14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. notaskinnycook says:

    Heads up, Alva, There’s a typo in this post  “…and has gone on to because nationally-infamous and divisive conservative firebreather…”

  2. gertie97 says:

    Soper is a mean and sneaky little shit. He and Boobert deserve each other.

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    Elections have consequences . . .

    . . . Electing a Boebert (ok, yes, itself a kind of self-inflicted punishment) deserves to be punished.

    . . . As I recall my dad saying (on too many occasions), “Someday I hope you’ll realize that this is for your own good” . . .

  4. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    “losing her vote on the Natural Resources Committee could be the last straw……”

    As I’ve posted before, the average voter in the 3rd probably knows little about that committee and its importance to Colorado; and indeed, for other western states.

    Do any of you 3rd District residents have any copies of her reports to the District that can be shared?

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      "Do any of you 3rd District resident have any copies of her reports to the District that can be shared?"

      She writes reports. Are you kidding???  laugh

      Freedom, Second Amendment, yadda, yadda, yadda, COVID-hoax, Stop the Steal, yadda, yadda, yadda

      Is there anything more?

    • kwtree says:

      I get her constituent newsletter. It’s only slightly more truthful than her twitter feed.

    • gertie97 says:

      CHB, you can cut the condescension about the natural resources committee, or interior committee, or whatever they're calling it this week. The average 3rd CD voter is well aware that water is important, far more so than your average Front Range voter. Perhaps a snotty attitude sells better in your neck of the woods.

      • Duke Cox says:

        It’s kind of all he’s got, Gertie.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        Gertie: I’ve spent a lot of time in most parts of your District and I’ll stand by my commentary.

        Water is just one of many issues handled by the House Natural Resources Committee, since you chose to bring it up. Yes, 3rd residents know about water, but many aren’t aware of the Committee.

        I’m also quite familiar with its subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, formerly chaired by former Rep., and now Secretary of DOI, Deb Haaland, and currently chaired by Rep. Joe Neguse.

  5. Sparky says:

    Citizens of CD-3 shocked to discover that decisions have consequences.

  6. Sunset Side says:

    Soper has a primary opponent this time around.  If he has designs on being a congressman, maybe he'd better jump in before Don Coram elbows ahead of him.

    Also agree with Gertie…

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