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June 29, 2022 02:35 PM UTC

What Pivot? Ganahl Bashes Media, Says She'll Be Like DeSantis

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  • by: Colorado Pols

Fresh off her victory in Tuesday’s Primary Election, Republican gubernatorial nominee Hiedi Heidi Ganahl made an appearance today on “The Ross Kaminsky Show,” which was guest-hosted by conservative blowhard Jon Caldara.

We would think that Ganahl would want to pivot her narrative toward a broader General Election audience now that the Primary is over, but instead she is still bashing the mainstream media and is now comparing herself to Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

After affirming that she is definitely NOT a “RINO” (Republican in Name Only), Ganahl is prompted to go after the Colorado media and happily obliges.

Take a listen, or read the transcript that follows:

 

CALDARA: You’re going to have a media that’s in the pocket of the Governor. How do you deal with that?

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

GANAHL: Well, I already have been, and I’ve learned that there’s no grace there. They have no interest in putting a fair story out, as evidenced by what happened in my own press conference last night, when the 9News gal just shifted all of this great conversation about the issues that people care about in Colorado to…I’ll let you guess what the question was about. And I was like, ‘you know what, we are moving on. We’re talking about the future. We’re talking about our kids, and crime, and the cost of living.’ They have no interest in talking about that because it’s just a constant ‘gotcha.’

But I’m going to take a page out of [Florida Gov. Ron] DeSantis’s book and, you know, give them hell back. [Pols emphasis] I’m going to call them out when they’re doing that, and I’m going to do my best to be on conservative radio and people who will get our voice out as much as I possibly can. 

Ganahl is still very salty that reporters continue to ask her if she thinks the 2020 election was fair. As we’ve said many, many times in this space, Ganahl could put this question to bed IF SHE WOULD JUST PROVIDE AN ANSWER. But she won’t. Before the Primary Election, we assumed this was because Ganahl didn’t want to lose the support of MAGA diehards. Perhaps the real reason that Ganahl won’t answer that question is because she truly believes that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump.

As the conversation continues, Ganahl gets even more riled up about the mean ol’ media who won’t give her a chance. This is the point where we remind you that Heidi Ganahl had REFUSED to sit down for an interview with ANY legitimate news outlet until mid-June. But, somehow, this is everyone else’s fault:

 

CALDARA: And on the bright side, there are fewer and fewer people watching those news stations and reading those newspapers. So, that’s a start. And also, by challenging the press I think you actually stand a better chance of earning some press, because even Coloradans are sick of the sympathetic media that runs this town. It’s just…it’s just disgusting. Call them out. I urge you to call them out. It will only help you and your campaign.

GANAHL: Thanks Jon, but I need everybody’s help on that, too. I need people to have my back on social media when I do push back and not do an interview with our buddy Kyle [Clark] because he’s an activist, not a journalist. Instead of, you know, getting upset or angry, have my back. Support me, and I’ll do any other interview they want me to do. But we can’t play their game anymore. [Pols emphasis] We’ve got to push back and have a spine and say, ‘I’m not going to go into your turf. Come to my turf, and play our game.’ 

CALDARA: Incredible.

Incredible indeed. First off, that’s some real galaxy brain thinking by Caldara to suggest that the best way to get media coverage is to attack the media. Good luck with that.

Ganahl takes this thread further by promising that she will never agree to an interview with Kyle Clark of 9News (which is not a great idea, considering 9News is the most-watched local news station in Colorado). She then pledges that “I’ll do any other interview they want me to do.” Again, we remind you that Heidi Ganahl REFUSED to sit down for an interview with ANY legitimate news outlet from the time she launched her campaign in Sept. 2021 until about two weeks ago.

Ganahl was likely surprised to find out that she had won the GOP nomination for Governor, considering that she initially planned not to even make a public appearance on Election Night. Nevertheless, a better candidate running a better campaign would have been more prepared to make the appropriate pivot toward a broader swath of Colorado voters.

If you’re not excited about the prospect of Ganahl continuing into November, you’re not alone. Ganahl just had the first test of the rest of her campaign, and she failed miserably.

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18 thoughts on “What Pivot? Ganahl Bashes Media, Says She’ll Be Like DeSantis

  1. I still wonder how Dems thought Lopez would be easier to beat than Ganahl.  Save for the fact that he’s a wife-beater who said he would pardon the idiot clerk from Mesa County.

    Ganahl is such a feckless idiot.  I am excited about seeing Polis dismantle her.

    1. It's six of one, half dozen of the other.

      Neither was going to give Polis any trouble, but each would lose in a different way.

      Lopez would have roused the bat shit crazies to turn out while the moderates would have stayed home or voted for Polis.

      Ganahl will lose the bat shit crazies to Danielle New Schwangler while keeping the establishment Republicans.

      As for selling herself as Ron DeSantis with a vagina, it ain't gonna work.

      DeSantis would never declare, "No divisive questions, please!"

      He thrives in that environment.

  2. Caldara is right that fewer and fewer people are watching and reading local news stations and newspapers. But, whatever that dwindling number may be, it dwarfs the number of people listening to the Ross Kaminsky Show. There are thousands of conspiracy theorists in Colorado that live in the Fox/OAN/right-wing radio media bubble, but there are not enough of them to win a state-wide election. (Maybe the third Congressional District, but not state-wide).  Love him or hate him, Polis is demonstrated his competence, and he is not going to lose to someone that is afraid of Kyle Clark. (No offense to Clark.) 
    Also, in our sexist society, I do not think any women will win elective office by being a combative, arrogant, bully like Trump/DeSantis.

    1. "Also, in our sexist society, I do not think any women will win elective office by being a combative, arrogant, bully like Trump/DeSantis."

      I wouldn't say that. Look at Kristi Gnome in South Dakota. And everyone's favorite piece of white trash, Sarah Palin, who is proving that there are second acts in American life. And closer to home, there's Lauren Bimbobert.

  3. Any guesses on who will be Hiedi Heidi's running mate? 

    Is Lang Sias up for another go at it?  Then they will need a new treasurer candidate.

  4. What a literal dumpster fire. How she beat the stronger candidate who actually put in the work and campaigned is beyond me. Hope everyone’s ready for another 4 years of Polis 🤮

    1. "Hope everyone’s ready for another 4 years of Polis" 

      You say that like it is a bad thing. I'm looking forward to it. 

      And when he is done there, unless he runs for president, he can take over Hick's senate seat – if Hick hates the job as much as many folks predicted he would.

      BTW, "a literal dumpster fire" is a garbage dumpster which is burning. "Dumpster fire," metaphorically, is a big mess.

  5. A question about conservative radio if you will: How many people actually listen to that? I have tried but had to turn it off because it sounded as if each and every show was using the same script for their shows.     

    1. Quite a few members of the 50+ conservative demographic; like FOX News, they just leave it on 24/7, and that garbage soaks their porous brains like used oil on a sponge.  That's why all their arguments are so similar.

       

    2. You can get an idea of comparisons by looking at ratings of "shares".  One site with Nielsen ratings for several months is here.

      "Share (of Audience) The percent of TV sets in use, or persons tuned to a program."  And Nielsen has gone high(er) tech, including both broadcast, streaming, and podcast listeners.

      I don't know of a public site that has the conversion of shares to actual listeners.

       

       

  6. I hope someone calls Heidi and requests the interview.

    I need people to have my back on social media when I do push back and not do an interview with our buddy Kyle [Clark] because he’s an activist, not a journalist. Instead of, you know, getting upset or angry, have my back. Support me, and I’ll do any other interview they want me to do. But we can’t play their game anymore. [Pols emphasis] We’ve got to push back and have a spine and say, ‘I’m not going to go into your turf. Come to my turf, and play our game.’ “

    I’d cheerfully listen to Heidi answer questions from any of those (and lots of others) who certainly are NOT Kyle Clark.

     * Marshall Zelinger is an American Emmy Award-winning journalist

     * maybe Phil Maravilla senior producer of PBS NewsHour West would be willing to come back to Colorado for a sit-down?   You might remember his “Maravilla is an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award recipient for an investigation of Colorado laws that prevent police intervention when a severely mentally ill person has access to guns”

     * CPR’s Public Affairs Reporter, Bente Birkeland

    Hey Voyageur. Maybe you could offer a brief return to your roots as a journalist. You aren’t Kyle Clark, either.

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