Stay Classy, Hugh McKean (Trigger Warning)

UPDATE: Sen. Faith Winter responds with strong words for Minority Leader Hugh McKean:


House Minority Leader Hugh McKean (R-Loveland)

Each January in these few innocent days before the Colorado General Assembly convenes and the usual partisan mudfest we’ve come to expect ramps up, we always watch to see whether minority Republicans might perhaps be willing to engage more constructively than the acrimony and (attempted) gridlock that has characterized Republican engagement efforts in the legislature in recent years. In 2018 and again in 2020, as readers know, Republicans in Colorado endured humiliating defeats that have relegated them to the least amount of power wielded in the state since FDR was President. This would among normal people in normal times inspire a change of tactics.

Interviewing with conservative talk radio blatherator Jimmy Sengenberger yesterday, GOP House Minority Leader Hugh McKean put those hopes to bed. He couldn’t even make it to the opening gavel before attacking Democrats with awful language:

MCKEAN: Maybe they’re [Democrats] coming around. Maybe they realize that they have been just raping the people of Colorado [Pols emphasis] and telling them that they ought to pay more to get their Amazon packages delivered and pay more in gas tax and pay more and business license fees and everything. And suddenly they’ve woken up!

Safe to say, this is not the kind of rhetoric that builds bridges across the aisle. Yes, McKean faced an ouster attempt at the conclusion of last year’s session on account of not being sufficiently combative as Minority Leader. But this is, well, a dreadful overcompensation.

Looks like Minority Leader McKean will kick off the 2022 legislative session with an apology tour.

That, or we’re in for one nasty session.

25 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JeffcoBlue says:

    They joke where their minds are. Always.

  2. Genghis says:

    Looks like this boy is too shit-all stupid to understand that he's setting himself up for "If anyone knows what rape looks like, it's Hugh McKean" comebacks. Another "very stable genius" in the GOP.

  3. JohnNorthofDenver says:

    I'm not that offended by the price of a fishing license. However; I do agree with the right to use imprecise hyperbole. McKean and Colorado Republicans have been child raping Colorado's children's educational service like a child in a Republican home. 


  4. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Paying more to get my Amazon packages delivered constitutes some form of rape? What the F is this doofus talking about? Here I thought he was far better than one of the Neville Brothers as House minority leader.

    Does remind me that I haven’t ordered from Amazon in several years.

    Funny thing is, I have a post office box that allows me to get non-postal service packages delivered if I use the street address of the p.o. And I don’t pay anything extra; just had to complete a form several years ago to set it all up.


  5. DavidThi808 says:

    I get my Amazon packages delivered for free. How on earth does he think the legislature is going to impact Amazon Prime free delivery?

    and my car is a Tesla so my gas taxes are also zero.

    Even in looney tunes vile – this makes no sense.

  6. Negev says:

    What an idiot. Experts say the best way to build bridges across the aisle is far more hyperbolic – gotta be in the Nazi regime range or at least equal to 9/11 before any true progress can be expected.   

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      You are one to talk about overheated hyperbole.

      Remember when your leader, Wayne LaPierre, referred to FBI agents as jackbooted Nazis prompting then-President Bush to quit his NRA membership?

      • Negev says:

        Like I said, you wanna build bridges, go big. No kumbaya moment will be had with mere rape analogies. In this day and age you really need to be in the terrorist, insurrection, or genocidal realm before you would get the opposite side of the aisle to really sit down and listen. I'm sure if this Hugh guy related fishing license fees to some secret cabal of child trafficking kidfukkers Mrs Winter would feel different, unless of course she was a minor at the time, and we could all get started on that bridge…… 

        Wait! We could call it water under the bridgewink

  7. ElliotFladen says:

    Definition of rape

     (Entry 1 of 4)

    1unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against a person's will or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent because of mental illness, mental deficiency, intoxication, unconsciousness, or deception — compare SEXUAL ASSAULTSTATUTORY RAPE

    2an outrageous violation

    3an act or instance of robbing or despoiling or carrying away a person by force

    (Emphasis added)

    These silly gotcha games not just are unfounded but make you look like a partisan hack. 



    • MichaelBowman says:

      To paraphrase Todd Akin, thankfully our blue majority can shut that whole thing down (in this case, Republican nonsense). 

    • JohnInDenver says:

      I'm sorry …. I have NO IDEA how you get from government fees for services or goods to someone robbing by force, let alone "despoiling" or "carrying away" by force.  If you don't see a difference between laws passed by a public's legislature and the personal choice of someone's drive for dominance, if you don't know the difference between revenue gathering and the use of force, there may well be a need for remedial civics education. 

      Furthermore, government fees became all the rage during the rise of the Republican hegemony in the 1980s.  "No new taxes" and "we still want to provide roads" meant private companies building toll roads.  "Keep property taxes low" and "let's have a ball team" meant "equipment fees" for kids who wanted to play ball. There's a TABOR limit and we want to keep our county's hospital open means someone paying health fees in various fashions.

      • ElliotFladen says:

        "to rob" is the key language. 

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          Because, of course Elliot, whenever nearly anyone hears the word “rape,” the very first key thing that jumps right into their mind is, The Great Train Rapery???

          Lawyers . . .

          • MichaelBowman says:

            So in Republican, Todd Akin, parlance, and utilizing definition #3 from above provided by Elliot, fees passed by majority, democratically-elected representatives and imposed upon a populace benefiting from social and infrastructure investments is at least legitimate rape governing?  

            I need to take a shower now.

            These clowns are disgusting. 

            • Diogenesdemar says:

              . . . If those fees have been on the books less than eighteen years, I think many lawyers would agree, what you’re describing would be a clear case of statutory governing rape.

              (. . . go easy on that shower, at least get permission from Nebraska first . . .)


      • Genghis says:

        I’m sorry …. I have NO IDEA how you get from government fees for services or goods to someone robbing by force, let alone “despoiling” or “carrying away” by force. 

        It’s a pretty short hike from “Income taxation is slavery,” another wingnut talking point, to “gasoline taxation is rape.”

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      On the bright side, I guess Alva won't look like a partisan hack for calling fishing license fees "rape"?

      We'll just leave that hack-appearing to the smaller McKeanesque minds . . . 

  8. RepealAndReplace says:

    What could anyone expect from the man who speaks for the Party of You-Grab-Them-By-the-Pussy. 

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