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November 16, 2007 02:40 AM UTC

Ed ULIBARRI to challange John SALAZAR

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  • by: Hawk Eye

Montrose Citycouncilman and school board member, Ed Ulibarri (R) says he has what it takes to give Rep. John Salazar (D) a run for his money.

Ulibarri plans on making it official sometime during the two months, but for now his exploratory committee will keep on advising him not to waste backers dollars.

The big question remains: Can Ulibarri top Scott Tipton’s ’06 numbers?

Should Ulibarri Challenge Salazar?

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24 thoughts on “Ed ULIBARRI to challange John SALAZAR

    1. Tipton’s numbers were the worst out of all the Congressional races in Colorado. If Mr. U can’t top that, he’s not the right guy for the R’s to run.

      1. Ed Ulibari is a self made kind of guy who builds homes and decided that if no one is going to challenge Salazar, than it is up to him to do so. He served in the National Guard, was raised in Pueblo, and happens to also be Hispanic. He has served two terms on both the Montrose City Council and the Montrose School Board. Ed is big into renewables and lost to Rep. Ray Rose by a landslide at the District 55 Assembly to Rep. Kay Alexander. Ed has also been big at Club 20 events.

    1. Rowland is still the most popular elected official in Mesa County, maybe rivaling Sen. Joshua Penry. Rowland maybe independently wealthy and have a head which craves media attention, but her convictions are her own. Anyone who constantly pursues media attention, has to be ready for attacks from the lurking media. The Sentinel is the biggest joke of a newspaper and Mike Saccone is a reporter who failed at covering the Supreme Court, so he came to little old Grand Junction to mock county commissioners when they talk before they think when being interviewed live by NPR.

        1. The media represents the left wing and goes after wonderful people like Janet Rowland. She may have a big head and may like to see her name in print, but as far as representation goes, she is talanted. It is for that reason that Bob Beauprez picked her as his running mate. The media definately favors Dems over Reps.

      1. Mike Saccone is a tremendous asset to the Sentinel and I enjoy reading my newspaper every morning with my cuppa tea.

        As far as the blog goes, Ed U., whom I have met two or three times, does not have a shot against John Salazar. Ed may serve on the Montrose’s City Board, but that is not enough to get him elected. To my knowledge he is not very wealthy and to pull enough dollars together to defeat Salazar is a nearly impossible task. Unless the GOP Chair knows something I don’t, this is just a name on the ballot.

        One last thing on the media, while at Mesa State I compared the Sentinel to the Rocky Mtn News to the Post to the NY Times and out of all of those papers, the Sentinel maintained a very balanced means of reporting. Check your facts before posting.

        1. is it? I know Salazar did well there in ’06 (like everywhere else in his district), but it’s a county that will still vote Republican pretty consistently no? A solid Republican from Pueblo or Durango with a RINO but tough anti-immigration background would be the only candidate I could think of with a chance to bump off Johnny T.

          1. Montrose is very central in the district, making travel a little more easier in a district which is larger than the state of Florida. I firmly believe Ed has what it takes to start a grassroots revolution and take back the third congressional district for the Republicans.

  1. is that this Ulibarri dude will not run and the Republicans will not put up a candidate against Rep. John Salazar. Dick Wadams is going to want to put all the GOP resources into the Schaffer – Udall face off.

      1.   Remember last year, when Trailhead sucked up all the local money and wasted it on B.W.B.’s campaign, costing Lew Entz and Token Jones their state senate seats?

        1. but maybe let’s put down the bottle for a few hours during the day at least and think about what you’re saying. How can you possibly believe that this Ulbarri guy will defeat JTS? He will get absolutely zero help from the RNCC, the RNC, and probably very little to no help from the CRP. Salazar is still wildly popular in the district, maybe not as much in Montrose, Montezuma, Mesa, and Moffat (essentially all the counties that border Utah) but so much that even if he tanked hard in those counties he could still make it up with strong showing from Aspen, Durango, Pueblo, and the valley. Where/how do you see this guy winning? Where does his support come from? JTS has the money, incumbency, and grass-roots support, what does Ulbarri have?

        2. will be spending their money defending all of the other house seats being vacated by Republicans (Ferguson in New Jersey; Hobson, Regula and Pryce in Ohio; Weller in Illinois immediately come to mind, but there are a host of others) and trying to take back seats lost in ’06 (Boyda in Kansas; Schuler in North Carolina; Mahoney in Florida; Gillenbrand and Hall in New York; Altmire, Sestak, Murphy and Carney in Pennsylvania immediately come to mind, but there are several others) to be bothered with Salazar’s seat here in Colorado.  Local right wing 527s and PACs are going to be stretched defending Allard’s senate seat, Musgrave’s house seat and fighting amongst themselves over Lamborn’s seat. 

          Salazar is as safe as a Democrat can be in that seat and it is going to take someone of greater stature than Ulibarri to make him nervous.  His next biggest race will be after redistricting in ’12 unless he decides to go for a statewide race before then.  Salazar isn’t even on the radar….neither is Perlmutter for that matter.

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