There was a time during the 2022 race for Governor where we wondered if GOP candidate
Hiedi Heidi Ganahl was actually a true believer in the mold of the Qanon-loving, MAGA Republican election deniers that dominate the base of the Republican Party…or if she was merely pandering to the base in order to make sure she won the Republican Primary for Governor.
We once assumed — in retrospect very generously — that Ganahl was trying to walk a tightrope connecting her to the GOP base when she consistently refused to say that the 2020 Presidential election was conducted fairly. But as time went on and Ganahl held fast to her refusal to answer what she called “divisive questions,” this position became harder to defend. Ganahl continued to stand by the likes of former visiting CU Professor and coup architect John Eastman, and then in July she picked an election denier (Danny Moore) as her running mate and nominee for Lieutenant Governor.
As more evidence mounted, we started to wonder if perhaps Ganahl actually believed all of this election truther nonsense.
We’re absolutely sure of it. Heidi Ganahl, the Republican nominee for Governor of Colorado, is at least as crazy as every other wackadoodle conspiracy theorist in our state…and maybe more.
As Heidi Beedle reports for the Colorado Times Recorder:
Heidi Ganahl is the latest Republican to repeat outrageous and thoroughly debunked claims about furries in public schools.
“Not many people know that we have furries in Colorado schools,” said Ganahl during a Saturday appearance on Jimmy Sengenberger’s KNUS radio show.
“Have you heard about this story?” Ganahl asked Sengenberger. “Yeah, kids identifying as cats. It sounds absolutely ridiculous, but it’s happening all over Colorado and schools are tolerating it. It’s insane. What on earth are we doing? Knock it off, schools. Put your foot down. Like, stop it. Let’s get back to teaching basics and not allow this woke ideology, ideological stuff, infiltrate our schools. And it is happening here in Colorado. It’s why I moved from Boulder Valley to Douglas County, because it was happening in my kids schools four years ago.” [Pols emphasis]
Ganahl joins Republican Colorado Springs House Scott Bottoms and U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) in repeating patently ridiculous — and false — claims about furries in public schools. The outrage over students who are a part of the niche subculture that embraces anthropomorphic art and cosplay — and is predominantly LGBTQ — stems from remarks made by Nebraska Sen. Bruce Bostelman, a conservative Republican, who repeated false claims about furries using litter boxes in schools during a televised debate on a bill intended to help students who have behavioral problems.
Bostelman has since apologized and retracted his statements.
Yes, Ganahl actually said all of this. Listen for yourself:
Clearly, this story is gaining legs (er, peels):
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— John Minnihan (@jbminn) September 26, 2022
Last week Ganahl unveiled a transportation “plan” that was just a bunch of bullet points about roads she wanted to fix, wrapped in a package of ideas that incumbent Gov. Jared Polis was already doing. We wrote that her “plan” was further proof that Ganahl was not a serious person, nor a serious candidate.
We’ve now crossed over into a different territory altogether. Ganahl legitimately believes that Colorado schools are allowing children — most of whom she claims can’t read or do math — to run around in cat costumes instead of “teaching the basics” in class. She literally said ON THE RADIO — two days ago — that she moved from Boulder to Douglas County so that her children could escape this feline furry fanaticism. If this were really happening like Ganahl claims, wouldn’t everyone know about it by now?
Heidi Ganahl is out of her goddamned mind. We’d offer anyone the opportunity to “change our mind,” but it would be a pointless endeavor. You can’t. Nobody can.
This is the actual Republican nominee for Governor in Colorado in 2022.
This guy's real name is Scott Bottoms? That sounds like the assumed name of one of the performers in a gay porn movie.
This bugfuck idiot may be heading for a Maes-level meltdown.
To each their own, but I think there is a difference between a furry and identifying as a cat.
True – because not many people even know what furries are.
But really, this is worth getting upset over? Anything that keeps kids focused on school and off drugs I'm all in favor of. More furries, fewer druggies!
HiediHeidi is campaigning against furries while Polis has a TV commercial out where he is bragging about being pro-freedom and against taxes.
My kind of Democrat!
Heidi is going to lose. And I will be so happy when she does. She deserves to lose really big.
come on, outside of a stunt for show and tell or a bit of drama class emulating The Lion King or one of the other flights of fantasy in a play or musical, the chance of a kid in a fur suit seems far-fetched.
People who make extreme claims need to provide extraordinary support. I know we would need to be cautious about students' privacy — but is there ANY school administrator who would confirm Ganahl's assertion? any school board member who can point to an agenda item about "alternative dressing"? any health professional who would confirm they know of a child emulating a cat?
There are a few kids ( mostly in middle school), who like to wear cat ears or a tail to class. Everyone, including the student, is completely clear that they are human beings, who are expected to perform all the usual student exercises. It's just sort of an adorable fashion fad. They have to remove the ears and tails when in gym class, or any place where they might be a hazard. The fashion developed along with the Anime / Manga influence.
The "furry" costume as sexual identity can be traced 60 years back to manly soft-porn magazines that fetishized women in bunny ears and tails. I haven't yet heard any of the right wing wackos complaining about Playboy Bunnies!
In fact, the former guy was not at all reluctant to pose with them:
Glad to see Heidi really focusing on the important issue of kids pretending to be kitty cats and doggies..
I suppose it's worth noting that there's a tiny kernel of truth in the litter boxes thing. Some public school districts keep kitty litter and buckets on hand so that school children ("Freedom Fodder," as Negev no doubt calls them) can relieve themselves during prolonged active-shooter lockdowns.
You win the interwebs today, Genghis.
Kinda blows that whole "time to escape while reloading" solution right out the water, don't it? Might want to reevaluate priorities….
I didn't think Hiedi would go full blown kook, but there you have it. Damn
God help us if Heidi learns about platypuses!