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March 22, 2022 01:45 PM UTC

"Party Of Law And Order" Picks Another Winner

  • by: Colorado Pols
One and done: Freshman GOP Rep. Mary Bradfield (R).

We reported yesterday on the nearly clean sweep of Republicans from state legislative districts in arch-conservative El Paso County, a turnover driven by a number of factors including the infiltration of the county party apparatus by the far-right organizing group FEC United. In the case of first-term incumbent GOP Rep. Mary Bradfield representing southeastern Colorado Springs, however, something a little more out of the ordinary appears to have happened:

A sitting Colorado state representative narrowly missed making this year’s Republican primary ballot, losing at the GOP assembly on Saturday to an intra party challenger who was convicted in August of felony trespassing and who currently faces misdemeanor charges including allegedly violating a protection order…

No GOP candidates made it on the primary ballot through the signature-gathering route, which means that Dent is the only Republican on the ballot in a district that leans heavily in the GOP’s favor. In other words, he is likely to become a state representative barring any major shake up.

Dent’s felony conviction and pending court cases will force Republican leadership at the Capitol and at the state party to decide whether to support his candidacy…

It’s a result that Republican leadership may not have expected, but against an incumbent who claims she was too busy with the legislative session to knock on doors ahead of the assembly, shoe leather and persistence paid off for Karl Dent–who was able to dominate over the incumbent despite a third candidate on the ballot who also failed to reach the 30% threshold. And because Rep. Bradfield didn’t bother to collect petition signatures to make the ballot as insurance, she’s effectively out of the race for her seat. At this point, unless the GOP prevails on Mr. Dent to withdraw on his own or Democrats are able to mount a massive education campaign in an overwhelmingly GOP district, Dent has already passed the biggest hurdle he’ll have to taking office next January.

Which will make Karl Dent the El Paso County Republican Party’s greatest brand ambassador in the legislature since the doctor who lost his medical license or the defrocked chaplain who thinks most Democrats are demon possessed! In addition to the less than a year old felony conviction for trespassing, Dent is also reportedly facing misdemeanor animal cruelty charges, and yet another charge for violating a protection order granted to an ex-girlfriend. With all of this in mind, fellow lawmakers may have some serious and justifiable reservations about pulling all-nighters with Dent at the Colorado Capitol next January.

As for Rep. Bradfield? Like Scott Tipton says in retirement, complacency can have…very bad outcomes.


4 thoughts on ““Party Of Law And Order” Picks Another Winner

  1. Jesus Christ can they vote not to seat him or something? I do not want that man wandering the halls of the Capitol. I'll never set foot in the building if he's there.

    1. We don’t know all the details surrounding his conviction. There have been nastier people who have done nastier things and who served in the legislature over the years.

      There was a Republican speaker of the House charged with domestic violence – but not convicted – who was caught climbing over the fence in the middle of the night to get into his estranged girlfriend’s house. (I think the charges were dropped and she later married him. And the individual was later appointed state insurance commissioner.)

      There was also a Republican representative – who ended up being censured – after kicking a photograph on the floor of the House. The representative did not win re-election.

      There was a Democratic representative who exposed himself to a lobbyist while shooting pool one night in a bar. He had the decency to resign shortly after the shit hit the fan.

      And then there was the notorious Democratic representative who was running state treasurer and who was accused of sexually harassing a colleague. He saw which way the concepts of decency and decorum in elected office were headed, refused to resign, became a Republican and put up an unsuccessful fight against expulsion from the House. (Many of his new colleagues voted to keep him in the House.)

    1. I don't think so. They are eligible to vote after they are "off paper" (i.e., served their time and finished parole).

      Aren't there simply age, residence, and voter registration requirements?

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