UPDATE #2: Tina Peters has defeated-but-never-admitting-it Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake in her corner, anyway:
Lost causes unite we guess.
UPDATE: Ernest Luning of the Colorado Springs Gazette’s political blog reports on the entry of two more relatively familiar names in the race to be the next Colorado Republican Party chairperson:
Throwing their hats in the ring are former Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, former state Rep. Dave Williams of Colorado Springs and former state Sen. Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud. All three had earlier said they were considering bids for state chair.
In terms of name recognition and built-in factions of support within the party, both blowhard former Rep. Dave ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Williams and indicted ex-Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters are superior to the minor candidates who were in the running before the end of last week. With that said, former Sen. Kevin Lundberg has the experience, gravitas, and twinkle of unrepentant craziness to make this his race to lose.
Though we’ll concede the first-ever Colorado GOP chair to report to prison would be interesting too.
For those of you following the so-far uninspiring race to succeed outgoing Colorado Republican Party chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown, currently consisting of a grab-bag of recent GOP losing candidates and hard-right malcontents, what follows is pretty big news: former state Sen. Kevin Lundberg, an ideological pole star of the far right in the Colorado General Assembly during his long tenure in both the House and Senate, is jumping in the race.
Last Thursday I announced my candidacy for state chairman of the Colorado Republican Party. The Republican state central committee will meet on March 11 to select the chair, vice-chair and secretary positions for the Colorado GOP. Several people are seeking this position (seven as of this writing), so there should be many opportunities for healthy debate before the meeting convenes in Loveland on March 11.
I am offering my skills for this election cycle and I bring to the table my active involvement with the Colorado GOP for many decades, 16 years in the legislature, and my deep desire to bring the party back to the solid principles the Party of Lincoln was originally founded upon.
Here are the specific priorities I have identified (so far) that should be addressed as soon as possible by the Colorado Republican Party.
Fix the Brand
We are the party of common sense, rooted in liberty loving, small government, family friendly, God-given principles. The other party has become the party of leftist Wokeism, as Arkansas Governor Sanders aptly put it, “The dividing line in America is no longer between right or left. The choice is between normal or crazy. “.. Aggressively challenge any other narrative.
Challenge the Unconstitutional Open Primary
Let Republicans and Democrats and every other political party pick their own candidates in their primary elections. We must challenge the unconstitutional open primary in federal court as soon as possible…
For those who didn’t have the pleasure of getting to know former Sen. Lundberg during his many years in office, Lundberg was denying climate change, comparing abortion to the Holocaust and warning of the moral hazard of birth control pills years before the current generation of Republicans were in office or aspiring to it. Lundberg was originally elected to the Colorado House in 2002, which was the last year that Colorado Republicans dominated in a general election. Since that time, Lundberg has watched helplessly as Republicans steadily lost everything, leaving office right after Gov. Jared Polis’ landslide election in 2018.
It’s not a surprise to see someone of greater standing within the Colorado Republican Party get in this race, since the current field of candidates ranging from merely unqualified to more-or-less openly acknowledged grifting operations (here’s looking at you, Casper Stockham). After being beaten back to the smallest minority since FDR was President over the last three general elections, the Colorado GOP has been more or less written off as a competitive political operation for the foreseeable future. That has the natural tendency to reduce interest in the job of party chairman.
But not for Kevin Lundberg, who may well possess the perfect combination of name ID, experience, and ideological enthusiasm to lead the Colorado Republican Party from its current low point to…
More low points, probably. But he’s the most qualified candidate in the race now, and it isn’t close.
"The choice is between
normalcrazy or crazycrazier."
Is there a "crazy but not mean" option in there anywhere?
re: "We are the party of common sense, rooted in liberty loving, small government, family friendly, God-given principles."
Ignoring his strange grammer, does anyone know if Kevin Lundberg has taken a side on whether Colorado elections are competently and fairly administered? Seems to me that could be an easy test of what is and is not "common sense" or "principles" in his mind.
I don't think Lundberg has enough active brain cells to formulate such a complex opinion.
Well, JiD, he did have a big Tina Peters for SoS sign in his front field last fall. QED?
Another white nationalist christofascist. I say we give them the Southern states and they can have their own, economically-depressed bigoted cesspool of a nation.
Another? Lundberg and his ilk are where that mess started. He was a MAGAt before MAGA was a thing.
It started way before him. Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon come to mind
Nah, Nixon and Reagan were merely religiously empowered. Yet both were willing to work with those they disagreed with to some degree to get the country's business done.
The true hard-core us vs. them mentality entered Congress with the 1994 election and subsequent Contract on America. It took a 22 years, and the retirement of several key Rational Republicans, but true MAGAtism took control of the GOP with the 2016 election pushed by TFG.
And by true MAGAtism I mean complete domination of the national party by the unpatriotic "patriot" movement which would rather have another Civil War than civil discussion.
I'll accept your definition of true MAGAtism, Dano, but have to quibble a tad if anyone downplays too much what happened before the Contract With America.
Reagan literally used MAGA as a campaign slogan. Before 1980, we had the Moral Majority (yes religious, but also very socially us-vs-them divisive) and the Powell Memo (long story short, corporate dominance of government). Reagan started to remilitarize the U.S. after the humiliations of Vietnam and the Iran Hostage crisis. Violence as a solution started cutting into the foothold on public sentiment the anti-war movement had established.
No doubt there have been flashpoints, maybe 1994 and 2017-21 MAGA and 1/6/21, but lots of fertilizer stocked up along the way. Just adding some perspective, not looking for trouble.
Spaceman, it started when Barry Goldwater opposed the 1964 civil rights bill purportedly as a matter of principle. (His family's retail business allegedly had a non-discrimination policy. He said he just opposed the government making people stop discriminating.)
In the fall of '64, he looked at the map and announced, "I'm going hunting where the ducks are." And ducks he bagged – Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina, to be exact.
Thus, was born the Southern Strategy refined and amplified by every Republican candidate since 1964 with the singular exception of Gerald Fords in 1976.
I meant in Colorado. Dano's right. It was the "Republican Revolution" and the Contract on America in '94 when things started to get really ugly. Remember, Reagan and Tip O'Neill used to be drinking buddies.
In all fairness, Tip would be drinking buddies with Breszhnev if the commie was buying.
You all are giving Reagan way too much credit. And Goldwater certainly had a hand in the march away from Eisenhower
Out of those options, Tina Peters has orders of magnitude more name recognition and notoriety than the others. I'll take "report to prison" for $800.
I am guessing Lundberg is thinking that if Morgan Carroll can do it with the Dems I can do it with the sewer rats.
Tina Peters could be the first Colorado GOP chairperson to report to prison, but she wouldn't be the first to be found guilty of a felony.
Showing once again that voter fraud takes place even if they have to commit it themselves to prove it.
Lest we forget, Kevin Lundberg is Colorado's original "election denier." In 1998, when Lundberg lost his state senate race to incumbent senator Stan Matsunaka (D Loveland) by 784 votes, he immediately began accusing the Larimer County Clerk & Recorder, a fellow Republican, of intentionally rigging the election for the incumbent, especially the absentee ballots. Of course in 1998, he provided no evidence to back-up his allegations and to this day, still has not provided any but as we all know, actual facts are a mere inconvenience for many Republicans. He fits right in with the kind of individuals who control the Republican Party today in Colorado. He'll make a fine chair who will drive more people out of the party.