Don Coram Isn’t Taking Lauren Boebert’s Crap Lying Down

State Sen. Don Coram (R).

Ten days ago, freshman GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert’s campaign launched a wildly negative pre-emptive attack on her newly-filed primary opponent state Sen. Don Coram, broadcasting early her campaign’s well-grounded fear of a qualified Republican opponent. Much to the delight of Boebert’s detractors, Coram has demonstrated in this initial exchange of rhetorical fire that he has no intention of sitting passively while Boebert unleashes the trademark factually-challenged rageaholism against a fellow Republican that has typified her time in the public spotlight so far.

An examination by the Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby today of Boebert’s allegations regarding Coram’s supposed “multi-year $25 million scheme to line his own pockets,” which were featured in a somewhat controversial above-masthead advertisement in that paper, debunks Boebert’s screeching broadside with very little effort:

Part of her campaign, which is running in newspaper ads and radio spots, says that one of the bills Coram helped pass, a bill he along with every other lawmaker in the House and Senate voted in favor of, created a new crowdfunding program designed to help get investment money for startups.

One such company was known as Paradox Ventures, of which Coram owned a minority share.

Boebert’s ads claim he made $25 million off of a CBD company in 2017 that amounted to $50,000 per acre of hemp crops, of which he had 500 acres.

Actually, Coram only had 20 acres of hemp, and the venture company went defunct two years ago because the endeavor produced no profits, Coram’s campaign said.

In short, Boebert’s entire attack on Coram is fictional. There was no $25 million, and the suppositions used to justify that completely speculative figure have no basis in reality.

Lauren and Jayson Boebert.

But by trying to make this fictional ethics case against Coram, Boebert opened the door to revisiting very real ethics questions Boebert faces right now–and Don Coram didn’t hesitate to point out the obvious.

“If I wanted to make a million dollars, maybe I should try ‘consulting’ for an oil and gas firm for $500,000 a year and lie about it on public filings,” Coram said, referring to Boebert’s husband, Jayson. “That seemed to have worked out for others in this race.” [Pols emphasis]

We’ve written at some length in this space about Boebert’s strategy we call “hugging her scandals,” purposefully attacking others along lines that would seem on the surface to invite charges of hypocrisy. Examples of this strategy include Boebert’s abortive attempt to join the January 6th Select Committee as anything other than a suspect, and visceral smears against LGBT people to distract from decidedly immoral behavior by members of her own family. For Boebert to attack Coram for money Coram never made while refusing to answer questions about the questionably huge payouts her family has received from the oil and gas industry is…well, it’s audacious. As we’ve said for some time, it’s quite risky.

What was lacking before was an opponent to throw the hypocrisy back in Boebert’s face.

Now Boebert has one, and it could change the game.

13 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnNorthofDenver says:

    Now if Coram, a Republican, or heck a Democrat with some money were to buy billboards in Rifle to communicate that fact to her constituency… 

  2. sfox says:

    I think it’s safe to say that Marina Zimmerman’s candidacy is not a serious one,  between her abysmal fundraising numbers and a lack of being well known. Her name ID was 0 when she entered this race months ago and it’s 0 now. She doesn’t even have the “not being Boebert” lane anymore, because a well known State Senator has it. I think it’s time to mover her Big Line odds down. 

    • Duke Cox says:

      Not even a nice try…

      Regarding the primary election…

      Vote for the incumbent…well, you know what you got.

      Vote for Don Coram…you get a skilled OilyBoy who knows how to get around regulations and will eventually fall in line with The Orange Horde, should they prevail.

      Marina Zimmerman is the best far.

      I am not associated with her, except recently through a friend who joined her campaign. I believe, from others in her integrity and aptitude.

      I look forward to meeting her soon, and giving her money. So should every Republican in CD3.

  3. RepealAndReplace says:

    Oh look, Jayson is showing his six-inch thumb. 

    • The realist says:

      There's a (very small) chance I'll regret saying this, but no, it must be something else because there's no zipper . . . 

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Good lawd, WHAT is that tattoo Jayson is sporting?? An oil rig with the head of Satan at its base? Are those horns, or flames from the pits oh hell? 

      • The realist says:

        Methane flaring, I presume. There's some venting, too, but it's more difficult to see in a tattoo.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        A picture of his mother-in-law? 

      • Duke Cox says:

        Flames, I think.

        I believe I have seen that design on a t-shirt around here. Jayson is a "roughneck". A special breed of asshole..and proud of it.

        I spent a couple of years, in the early 80s, working in the oil and gas industry. The experience I had there informed my work for the GVCA  and the WCC back in the day. I think one really has to do it, to understand it.

        The wellsite is a scary place. The first advice I ever got from a seasoned hand was, "If you ever hear me shout "run"…don't ask why…just RUN!"

        Working in the patch is not for the faint of heart. In fact, the roles played by the workers have developed into elaborate rituals and symbols to demonstrate ones' toughness to ones' co-workers. Roughnecks are the guys who work the drilling rigs. My brother was a derrick hand for years.

        One of the first Nabors rigs that moved onto Grass Mesa rigged up and promptly, to the horror of the Encana rep, flew a "Jolly Roger" on their derrick. They had to take it down, of course, disguising their self-identification as pirates.

        The "Invasion of the OilyBoyz" is a horror movie to the previous occupants of any space they occupy. The Boyz have an attitude…and they are happy to show it off.


      • Thorntonite says:

        Meh.  Looks like a corn cob to me.

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