Don’t California Colorado, Says “OC Heidi”

It’s a recurring theme we’ve seen many times from Colorado Republicans looking for a little xenophobic edge in their campaign message that doesn’t come across as, you know, overly xenophobic–warning against Colorado becoming “more like California,” generally followed by an over-the-top description of the horrors of living in what would be the world’s fifth largest economy if it were counted as a separate nation.

Obviously it’s not about material prosperity, which California has plenty of. “California” in this usage serves as a metaphor for every aspect of modern society that conservatives object to, from immigration to men hooking up with one another–which local Republicans need their base to realize are all horrors lurking just around the corner (or in the bathroom as the case may be) if Colorado keeps electing Democrats. In 2018, the Republican Governors Association developed an entire ad campaign around “RadiCalifornia” to boost GOP gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton (it didn’t).

But that’s not stopping local Republicans from busting out the old saw once again!

As you can see, 2022 GOP gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl’s merch store has “Don’t California my Colorado” bumper stickers and lapel pins for sale so that you too can express your contempt for the Golden State. But unlike Connecticut-born Walker Stapleton, there’s a rather glaring problem with Ganahl’s California bashing:

Folks, Heidi Ganahl is one. Ganahl’s bid for office is literally an attempt to “California” (as a verb) Colorado. And like swing voters who have been struggling to understand the point of this unpersuasive message for years, it’s up to you to interpret what that means.

We’d say maybe have some pride in your roots? Too late for that we guess.

11 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenver says:

    Heck, even Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted:

    “I’m EMBARRASSED: Texas #2 in nation for new gun purchases, behind CALIFORNIA. Let’s pick up the pace Texans,” [October 2015]

  2. davebarnes says:

    Whatever happened to Californicate?

  3. 2Jung2Die says:

    Why does Hiedi hate rural Colorado? California has ranked #1 in the nation for total agricultural output for a number of years, almost $50 billion in farm/ranch receipts for 2020. Colorado should want to be like California – oh, what's that? She's only talking about the infested inner cities and UC Berkeley? Never mind.

  4. Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

    In the fine tradition of Both Ways Bob Beauprez, maybe we need to refer to Ms. Ganahl "Laguna Beach Heidi."

  5. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Poor Heidi, as her campaign slowly sinks into Dillon Reservoir.

    By itself, California is the 5th largest economy in the word and is posting a $97+ billion dollar budget surplus this year.

  6. kwtree says:

    Loren “ Ron” Hanks is from Northern California wine country- claimed he “planted trees” in his youth. But they wouldn’t elect him to Congress, so he moved to Colorado. 
    With all the crazy crap that Hanks spouts, he’s had the sense to avoid trashing his home state…so far.

    Why is it that when a politician moves to Colorado, they immediately don hat, boots, and a pistol, and disown their own backgrounds?
    See Walker Stapleton ( CA)
    Ken Buck ( New York State)
    Lauren Boebert ( Florida)

    Jared Polis was born in Boulder. Jena Griswold was born in Estes Park.

  7. skeptical citizen says:

    Don't Texas my Colorado

    Don't Florida my Colorado

  8. Meiner49er says:

    Doug Bruce "Californicated f**ked Colorado just fine. If Heidi is pledging to overturn TABOR that would be fine with me.

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