Throwback Thursday: Heidi Ganahl and the All-Star Game

Not-yet candidate Heidi Ganahl throws the first pitch by video at the 2021 Colorado Rockies home opener.

On Tuesday, the American League defeated the National League 3-2 in the 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium. Viewership was reportedly down from last year’s All-Star Game, which took place at Coors Field in Denver after the event was pulled from Atlanta in protest of the state of Georgia’s new voting restrictions–vote suppression laws passed to “crack down” on voter fraud that everyone outside the MAGA diehard bubble knows didn’t happen.

After MLB made the decision to relocate the 2021 All-Star Game to Denver, readers will recall, a conservative business group called the Job Creators Network sued to force MLB back to Georgia. The Denver Post reported in June of that year:

The Job Creators Network filed a lawsuit in a New York federal court Monday, asking for Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to pay $100 million to make up for lost business revenues in Georgia. It also seeks $1 billion in punitive damages for their “unprecedented cruelty and hostility” toward Georgia…

The Job Creators Network’s lawsuit failed, but it became an early headache for soon-to-be gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl, who was chair of the board of the Job Creators Network in the years before. 9NEWS ran down this angle:

Several Colorado organizations are listed as partners on the Job Creators Network website. As you can imagine they did not love getting asked about it today. CU Regent and possible Republican candidate for governor Heidi Ganahl is the Network’s former chairperson. She told us she’s off the board and wasn’t involved in this lawsuit. She said that she wants the All-Star Game in Denver, but said that how it played out was not fair to business owners in Georgia…

Ganahl’s doublespeak when confronted about the JCN’s lawsuit to punish Major League Baseball for moving the All-Star Game to Denver was an early indicator of the problems Ganahl would subsequently face on the campaign trail providing answers to straightforward questions of all kinds. It’s an answer that satisfied no one, contradicting herself by expressing happiness that the game was awarded to Denver but also saying it was not “fair” to Georgia–which was the contention of JCN’s lawsuit.

Now that the controversy over the 2021 All-Star Game has faded into memory, Ganahl is once again happy to claim ownership of the Job Creators Network, as she did on the Dan Caplis radio show shortly after winning the June 28th primary:

[It] started with my involvement in the Tea Party years ago to, you know, the Trump years and supporting the policies that he put in place. I was on the front lines of getting those tax cuts done in 2017 as the chair of the Board of Job Creators Network, Bernie Marcus’ group…

To paraphrase the old saying, tax cuts have a thousand fathers–but messing with America’s pastime gets orphaned. This was not the last time Ganahl’s dalliances with right-wing ideologues would come back to haunt her (here’s looking at you, Dennis Prager), but it helped establish the pattern Ganahl has since amply validated.

We know who would have Ganahl’s ear as governor. And they don’t put Colorado first.

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  1. spaceman2021 says:

    AL won 3-2, not 1-0.  But the rest is just typical Heidi being Hiedi; the clown car emptied and she found herself on the ballot

    • JeffcoBlue says:

      They must have left in the 7th like everyone else at Dodger Stadium does.

    • bullshit! says:

      Ganahl should have had a more serious primary opponent. Repubs threw the gov race away this year.

      • davebarnes says:

        It was why she got my vote in the GOPer primary.

        • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

          She received my vote because she wasn't arrested for beating her wife.

          She also didn't make snarky comments about Colorado being in need of a First Lady.

          • unnamed says:

            She received my vote because she wasn't arrested for beating her wife.

            She also didn't make snarky comments about Colorado being in need of a First Lady.

            She's a terrible candidate, but she's got those going for her.  Not a high bar.

      • JohnInDenver says:

        I'll ask … who would have been a "more serious primary opponent"???

        Lopez is many things, but "laughable" is not one of them. 

        I think various sane Republicans may have looked at their prospects and decided this was not the year for them. Republican prospects for governor this year would require them to survive and prosper in the burned-over district of the Republican primary and then pivot to the challenges of facing an incumbent able to spend freely in his re-election campaign.

        So, who among prominent Colorado Republicans would have been a "more serious primary opponent" for the remaining state-wide Republican incumbent?

        • Colorado Pols says:

          Oh, we think Greg Lopez is pretty hilarious in an unintentional sort of way.

        • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

          Who would have been a "more serious primary opponent"???

          Cynthia Coffman

          Mike Coffman

          Walker Stapleton

          John Suthers

          Bob Beauprez

          Cory Fucking Gardner



        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          "various sane Republicans may have looked at their prospects……"

          Yep, When I mailed in my R primary ballot, I left the gubernatorial contest blank. Neither of these candidates gave me any reason to vote for them. Besides, I've met Polis a few times over the years and generally like his approach to governance.

          • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

            CHB, there was never a snowball's chance in hell that I would vote either GOP candidate for governor come November. I too have met Polis over the years and like his approach to governance. 

            I seriously considered under-voting and leaving the governor's race blank.

            But Voyageur's repeated reminders about Lopez' domestic violence history was what made me waste my ink on a vote for Hiedi Heidi.

  2. Voyageur says:

    It is hard to quantify, but Ganahl/Moore may be the worst gubernatorial ticket since the Ku Klux Klan era,

    Even Dan Maes had the highly respected former state rep. Tambor Williams as his running mate.

    Dumb and Dumber!  What a team.

  3. DavidThi808 says:

    I think Heidi got confused when she saw the players take the field.

  4. 2Jung2Die says:

    As a political umpire, I'm calling a "balk" on Hiedi for speaking like she wanted the ASG in Denver but pivoting back to "poor Georgia" without a pause in her motion.

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