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June 21, 2023 11:46 AM UTC

GOP Chair Threatens Kirkmeyer With CD-8 Libertarian Spoiler

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  • by: Erik Maulbetsch

(Dave Williams’ reign of terror marches on — Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Republican Party chairs aren’t supposed to show a preference for candidates within their own party. Yesterday, however, Colorado Chair Dave Williams flat-out warned state Sen. Barb Kirkmeyer, who lost a nailbiter in last year’s race for Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District (CD8), that if she runs again, she’ll face not only incumbent Democrat Yadira Caraveo but a Libertarian Party candidate as well. That could lead to a repeat of the scenario from 2022 in which Libertarian Richard Ward earned several thousand more votes than the 1,500 vote difference between Caraveo and Kirkmeyer.

What makes Williams’ threat so notable is that it stems from an agreement he himself negotiated with the Libertarian Party. Per the terms of this deal, Williams has promised his Republican Party will run candidates who are sufficiently conservative as to meet with the approval of a far-right faction within the Libertarian Party called the Mises Caucus.

Williams: “I can assure you that if Senator Kirkmeyer wishes to run for Congressional District 8 again, I am fairly certain the Libertarian Party will likely field a candidate.”

Goodman: “You can bet on it!”

Republican candidates who don’t “pass muster” with the Mises Caucus may face an additional “spoiler” Libertarian candidate who, as last year’s CD8 race proved, have demonstrated an ability to draw enough votes to impact the election results.

Williams has framed this agreement as a way to prevent potential future spoiler candidates from blocking Republican wins. In this case, however, he appears to be weaponizing the agreement to prevent a Republican he (or perhaps the Libertarians) consider insufficiently conservative, from entering the GOP primary in the first place. Colorado Libertarian Party Chair Hannah Goodman acknowledges she can’t prevent someone from running, but says the delegates at the party’s state convention could vote against a nomination. She then noted that she is a Mises member and that since her caucus has supermajority control of the state party’s voting members, she is confident of being able to them “voting their principles.”

Prior to confirming Williams’ threat to Kirkmeyer, Goodman claimed the state senator introduced a bill to end the caucus nomination process for party candidates as retaliation for the Libertarians running Ward in CD8 last year. Watch the extended exchange here:

Goodman: “I was very excited that we were able to kill the bill that would have ended the Colorado caucus system, because that would have deeply, deeply affected third parties, including the Libertarian Party. I believe the senator that introduced did so in retaliation for the Libertarian Party being what she calls a spoiler in her CD8 race.” Wark: Any comment on that, Dave? Williams: “I can’t say that I disagree. All I can I all I can assure you is that if Senator Kirkmeyer wishes to run for Congressional District 8 again I’m fairly certain the Libertarian Party will likely field a candidate.” Goodman: You can bet on it! Wark: “I love it. I love it!”

Multiple attempts to reach Sen. Kirkmeyer for comment were unsuccessful. This article will be updated with any response received.

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8 thoughts on “GOP Chair Threatens Kirkmeyer With CD-8 Libertarian Spoiler

  1. Kirk-Liar had her chance and missed the ball.

    Next time, the GOP needs to run Lori Saine. Or Vicky Marbles.

    Or Perry Buck. Ex's representing adjacent CD's. Oh, the drama inside the GOP House Conference.

  2. The whackjobs who took over the Lolbertarian Party at the national level are unabashedly authoritarian. No surprise that Williams wants to cozy up to those crazy fuckers.

    On an unrelated note, I'm still a bit peeved that the latest redistricting booted us out of Joe Neguse's district, but hey, it could have been worse. CO8 has the potential to be a shitshow for a long, long time to come.

    1. Nah. I think the GOP's best shot at taking down Caraveo is in 2024. After that, she should be safe.

      Remember, the hardest elections are usually the one in which the candidates first gets elected followed by the first race for re-election. After that, the incumbent has it in the bag.

      I'm counting on Bimbobert being an exception to that general rule.

      1. I think the GOP's best shot at taking down Caraveo is in 2024. After that, she should be safe.

        . . .

        I'm counting on Bimbobert being an exception to that general rule.

        Here's hoping you're right on both counts.

  3. Just curious … I looked at the Colorado Libertarian Party web page to see who they've elected.  It says:

    name … … … Office … … … … … … term … … … elected

    Aron Lam … Keenseburg Mayor … 2022-2026 … 11/08/2022

    Darren Hill … Perry Park Metro District 2 … 2023-20270 … 5/02/2022

    Paul James … Craig Town Council … 2019-2023 … 04/02/2019

    BurgesonTrails … Crowfoot Metropolitan District 1 … 2023-2027 … 05/02/2022

    I'm guessing all those are nonpartisan elections.  Did any of them win a clear competition?  

     

    1. Aron Lam defeated the incumbent mayor of Keenesburg, Kenneth Gfeller 402-265.  Not sure the residents there knew what they were getting when they voted for him, but it was a contested election…and he is all over YouTube and other social media outlets promoting his…unorthodox, shall we say….views.

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