We haven’t heard a lot about the race for State Treasurer in 2022, which is not all that unusual. For one thing, few Coloradans understand what the State Treasurer actually does – and that may include the Republican candidate seeking the office this fall.
Incumbent Democrat Dave Young is running for re-election against Republican Lang Sias, who is mostly known for losing 4 out of 5 political races in the last decade. With a background as a fighter pilot, Sias is a decent theoretical candidate, but he has never been able to figure out how to win in Colorado despite many attempts.
For a good look at why Sias is such a perennially-terrible candidate, check out this story from Vail Daily:
Lang Sias said his incumbent opponent, Colorado Treasurer Dave Young, “rubber stamps” too many policies of the federal Biden administration, as well as the Democrat-controlled Colorado Legislature.
Sias, a Jefferson County resident, cited his experience in the Colorado House of Representatives, adding he wants to combine fiscally conservative principles with working with Democrats on policy issues.
Sias noted an “elitist mindset” of too many people working in state government.
This is your pitch? That Dave Young “rubber stamps” federal policies that he literally HAS NO CONTROL OVER WHATSOEVER? Why would Young, or any State Treasurer, attempt to block lawful expenditures? (BTW, the only reason Sias served briefly in the State House is because he won a Republican vacancy committee after Libby Szabo resigned for a job as Jefferson County Commissioner).
Sias also says that there is an “elitist mindset” of people in state government. What the hell does that mean, and what does that have to do with the office of State Treasurer?
But we saved the best (or worst) part for last. This one quote from Sias is so fantastically dumb that it sums up his entire failed political career:
“This state is a lot bigger than Denver and Boulder,” Sias said. “We need a voice outside (that circle).”
Folks, Lang Sias lives in Arvada, a suburb in the Denver Metro area that is literally right between Denver and Boulder. Dave Young, on the other hand, IS FROM GREELEY. With this one quote, Sias is basically making the case that you should support his opponent instead of him in November.
This statement from Sias is also not helpful to the two Republicans who were campaigning with him in Vail. Secretary of State hopeful Pam Anderson lives in Jefferson County, while Attorney General candidate John Kellner hails from Arapahoe County. Sias is repeating idiotic Republican talking points that don’t apply to him or the candidates he is stumping alongside.
As we’ve written before in this space, Sias should probably find a different hobby that better suits his particular set of skills, whatever those may be. You would have to work really hard to be worse at politics than Lang Sias.
(NOTE: If you are interested in learning more about the State Treasurer, check out the Get More Smarter Podcast interview with current Treasurer Dave Young).