As the Pueblo Chieftain’s Anna Lynn Winfrey reports, Colorado freshman GOP tempest in a tinfoil hat Rep. Lauren Boebert appeared this weekend at the Pueblo County GOP’s annual fundraising dinner, bringing with her one of the only members of Congress who can hold a candle to Boebert as a walking, talking far-right freakshow: Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florabama, strutting tall after breathing a sigh of relief that he (probably) won’t face charges in a minor sex trafficking case–minor being the age of the alleged victim, not the severity of the crime.
Before Gaetz even had a chance to stink up the joint, Boebert delivered her well-worn applause lines to the usual cheers:
“I love dealing with you, seeing you, looking you directly in the eyes, hearing about the issues that matter most to you, and then coming up with a solution in the swamp to try to get things right. After all, I am from the federal government, and I’m here to help,” Boebert said with a smile, eliciting laughs from the crowd…
Boebert also attacked Congressional Democrats and plans for a Green New Deal, which would inject federal funding into mitigating climate change.
“I get it, Pueblo. Climate change is absolutely real. It happens four times every year,” Boebert said. [Pols emphasis]
That’s one of our favorites, but as it turns out Boebert was just a warmup for Matt Gaetz–to bring it home with a tirade of acronymous paranoia that you have to just sit back and let wash over you like Gallagher smashing a watermelon:
[Gaetz] reflected on the mission of what President Joe Biden referred to as “ultra-MAGA Republicans.”
“I think he’s talking about us, Lauren,” Gaetz said.
“You know what? I come from the fighting wing of the Republican Party and I think it’s time to put us back in the middle of ring,” Gaetz said to loud applause from the crowd. “Circumstances have changed so much in our country. When I first ran for Congress in 2016, I thought the FBI and the CDC were the good guys. I woke up one day, and the CDC wanted the power of the CIA, and ended up with the credibility of CNN.” [Pols emphasis]
If you can set aside the fact that it’s completely unhinged crazy talk, it’s possible to actually be entertained by Gaetz’s voluble showmanship. If Gaetz ever does fall from grace he’ll have a bright future on the car lots and carnival midways of America. Though beloved by the Republican faithful, the damage done by both Boebert and Gaetz occurs principally outside their districts as their names and faces are used in campaign ads against Republicans all over the country. With that said, of all of the “America First” clique of extreme-right members of Congress, Boebert’s +7 GOP district is the most vulnerable–much more so than Gaetz or fellow MAGA freakshow Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
If Steel City doesn’t want Matt Gaetz skeezing up their town on the regular, they have an alternative.
Fifteen years ago the Pueblo City Council had the opportunity to exercise a clause in their utility franchise to municipality and go green. Under tremendous pressure from Fossilonians they caved.
Soon thereafter Aquila sold to Black Hills Corporation , who then built natural gas peaker plants and stuck their ratepayers with the cost recovery, largely because Xcel Energy, miffed because they didn’t get the franchise, refused to play nice in the Front Range utility sandbox. Now, Black Hills is wanting to built a carbon capture boondoggle in Wyoming and stick the ratepayers once again.
The good people of Pueblo have been nothing but pawns amongst these utility giants. They deserve better: local control of a robust, distributed generation and delivery system. What they don’t deserve is morans like Bimbo and the sex fiend spewing their 19th century bullshit.
What does Black Hills’ CCS plans in WY have to do with Pueblo? It’s a separate issue.
Boebert and the pedo can kick rocks.
Nothing directly regarding Pueblo, it just continues Black Hills pattern of resource choices that rarely seem to be in the best, long-term interests of their ratepayers.
Pueblo has paid a high price.
Well, Boebert has a thing for pedophiles.
Whose thumb is bigger: Jayson's or Gaetz'?
I'm sure Lauren wants to know if little matt or little jayson is the bigger "thumb". They both like to make appearances.
One can wonder if Matt "got any action" when he was in town.
Thank you, Marina Zimmerman, for being an adult and a stateswoman. Zimmerman recently quit her write-in campaign for CD3, and is backing Adam Frisch.
You give her far too much credit. If she had dropped out a month before ballots begin going out, I'd agree with you.
Dropping out a week before will have little impact.