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October 20, 2022 11:57 AM UTC


  • by: Colorado Pols

As we wrote earlier today, we’re getting to see more and more of the REAL Hiedi Heidi Ganahl with just a few weeks left in the 2022 campaign cycle. As her odds of defeating incumbent Democrat Jared Polis continue to plummet, Ganahl is inversely becoming more emboldened to let her true freak flag fly untethered.

In fact, this late-October version of The Real Heidi Ganahl is getting difficult to keep up with. As soon as we had written our earlier post, we learned that Ganahl had launched herself into yet another ludicrous conspiracy theory.

Here’s the latest press release from the Ganahl for Governor campaign:

Heidi Ganahl, Colorado Republican Gubernatorial Candidate, has stated unequivocally that she will NOT require COVID-19 vaccinations for any child, regardless of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.

Today, the CDC’s independent advisory committee, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), will vote on whether to recommend updating the childhood immunization schedule to include the COVID vaccine. Regardless of their decision, and the possible recommendation of the CDC, Ganahl wants it made clear that, as governor, she will NOT mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for Colorado schools.

As Kyle Clark of 9News pointed out via Twitter, this is complete and utter nonsense:


Here’s the story cited above from The Washington Post:

On Tuesday morning, a Fox News contributor claimed on Twitter that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was set to mandate that schoolchildren get coronavirus vaccines. By Tuesday evening, the claim was being repeated by the nation’s most popular cable news show, and had been amplified to millions more on social media.

“The CDC is about to add the Covid vaccine to the childhood immunization schedule, which would make the vax mandatory for kids to attend school,” host Tucker Carlson tweeted, sharing a segment from his show that has been viewed more than 1.5 million times online.

But the claim was wrong: The CDC cannot mandate that schoolchildren receive vaccines, a decision left up to states and jurisdictions, the agency and multiple public health officials said. [Pols emphasis] The initial tweet by Nicole Saphier, a radiologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, also misconstrued a planned meeting of CDC advisers, who voted Wednesday to add coronavirus vaccines to the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC), a safety-net program that offers the shots at no cost. A separate meeting set for Thursday would address the agency’s immunization schedule for children.

Public health experts said there is a legitimate debate over whether schoolchildren should be required to be vaccinated against the coronavirus — but the incendiary and erroneous claim by the Fox News personalities is the latest example of how critics can twist the facts about the CDC and the coronavirus, potentially contributing to lower vaccination rates, fading trust in federal health officials and other consequences for public health. [Pols emphasis]

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) did not — and was never planning to vote — on mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for children. But much like Ganahl’s inexplicable obsession with the widely-debunked claim that “furries” are invading Colorado schools, Ganahl and her campaign heard a right-wing rumor AND JUST RAN WITH IT.

This is an incredibly irresponsible thing for any adult human being to do, but it’s beyond the pale for a major party candidate for Governor to spread patently-false and easily verifiable misinformation in a desperate attempt to drum up a few more votes from the MAGA Republican types whose vote Ganahl does not need to still be searching for.

Perhaps Ganahl has decided that her reputation is so decimated that she is free to barf out every ridiculous right-wing rumor that she comes across in the final weeks before Election Day. It may even be true that Ganahl would be hard-pressed to make things any worse than they already are, but she is nevertheless causing very real damage to the Republican Party in general.

There are still plenty of voters who will be looking at Republican candidates on their ballot and consciously (or not) connecting the GOP’s top-of-ticket candidate to every other Republican on the ballot below her name. If we were one of those GOP candidates, we’d be extremely worried about what comes next.


18 thoughts on “Wheeeeeee!!!

      1. The candidate was under the radar too. Fast-forward 6 years and the opposition research book has volumes of embarrassing material like it's Encyclopedia Britannica.

  1. Heidi is one of those people in Colorado politics that is so completely stupid and irritating you just can't wait to never ever see her again. 

  2. It’s not just Heidi.  This claim about “mandatory vacccines” for school kids part of a coordinated, statewide push by the Republicans on social media and other low-information-cheap-shot venues.  I was seeing the same thing all over Facebook, posted by Peggy Probst (who is running as a wingnut candidate for the state board of education). 

    The GOP obviously think that going anti-vax again (and pretending that those wicked Democrats are coming to abuse their kids) is a winning message.  I agree with the article that they are probably trying to reach and motivate undecided voters … and who knows.  Sometimes the GOP’s cynicism is correct.
    Heck, a LOT of the time it is justified.  

    But Ganahl is showing that she has no dignity, and no filter, and that she’s campaigning for governor just like a MAGA candidate running for the board of education.  Without a difference.  Between this and the crazy tax cut proposals and the whole thing about furries … that’s both pathetic and a grim suggestion about what Ganahl would be like as governor (if she were actually to get elected).  

  3. In reference to “letting her freak flag fly”, on October 3rd, I wrote:                         
    I don’t think she was ever wrapped too tight. There’s a photo of her floating around with the same crazy-eyes expression featured in a shot of Michelle Bachman. Trying to suck up to the far, far right just gives her the opportunity to really let her freak flag fly. She’s moved even further to the right since.


  4. Prediction: In 2022 we'll finally realize that Democrats lost Virginia in 2020, not on education and other "parents' rights" issues, but because our candidate was lousy.

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