Although indicted Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters’s campaign for Colorado Secretary of State is getting most of the attention, particularly since Peters won top line on the June 28th primary ballot with 60% of the state assembly delegate vote, fellow Republican and former Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson’s own campaign has stayed relatively quiet through the high tide of party activist blowtorching. Anderson qualified for the ballot via petitions days before the assembly, and we’ve heard nothing from Anderson regarding the voting controversy plaguing the GOP gubernatorial race among others coming out of the assembly.
Anderson is running ostensibly as a candidate who “both sides can trust,” being a registered Republican who has a record of defending the integrity of elections from fellow Republicans like former Secretary of State Scott Gessler–who went on to become part of former President Donald Trump’s legal team seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election and now serves among many other clients as Clerk Peters’ attorney. In a state that has migrated steadily leftward over the last 15+ years, Anderson knows that a Republican running as a Republican statewide in Colorado has a major disadvantage–especially a Republican running to run Colorado’s elections immediately after Trump’s attempt to steal one. If she can just survive until June 28th, Anderson believes she can come out of the closet (as it were) and fully embrace triangulation against her own party.
Unfortunately for Pam Anderson, she still has to run in the Republican primary. And at this moment, there is no metric by which she can be considered the favorite. After the party faithful overwhelmingly showed their support for Clerk Peters and by extension the “Big Lie” last weekend, Anderson is putting her conciliatory message on the shelf:
And what’s that “more work” Pam Anderson says needs doing to our elections, you ask?
Forget what you’ve heard about the old Pam Anderson–the new Pam Anderson is going to “crack down” (her words) on “ballot harvesting,” fight nefarious federal voting rights legislation and anything else those rascally Democrats come up with, and “expand post election audits” which sure reads like approval of the failed “Fraudit” circus in Arizona! How any of this is supposed to “insulate the office from undue partisan influence” is tough to figure, since these are all nakedly partisan Republican talking points.
It’s very simple: Anderson saw what happened last weekend and knew she had to appease the election conspiracist majority of the Republican Party in order to shore up support for the primary. The problem is that this new red meat-slinging Pam Anderson is so at odds with the old Pam Anderson that it doesn’t seem authentic. The timing implies weakness not strength, and she’s inflicting damage that can’t be undone to her post-primary image.
But it was bound to happen. Otherwise, Anderson is running in a party that no longer exists.