Brophy Continues to Fire Away at Fellow Republicans


Sen. Greg Brophy, ready to cripple fellow Republicans running for Governor.

State Sen. Greg Brophy probably never had much of a chance at becoming Colorado's next Governor, particularly after a brutally bad Q3 fundraising quarter, but that hasn't stopped him from taking every opportunity to kneecap other GOP candidates. Yesterday he went after Tom Tancredo for a gun safety vote that occurred in Congress shortly after the Columbine shooting. This won't help Brophy make it much closer to the top of the field, but it could cause some serious damage to Tancredo's campaign.

From FOX 31:

Brophy attacked Tancredo Monday over a 1999 vote by the former congressman who supported legislation to restrict the sale, transfer, importation and possession of assault rifles and magazines with higher than a 10-round capacity, a measure that is, at least generally, comparable to the ban approved by Colorado Democrats last year that outlaws magazines of more than 15 rounds.

“To a lot of people, this is the seminal issue,” Brophy told FOX31 Denver. “Tancredo’s record on gun control is actually worse than John Hickenlooper’s.”

Brophy is highlighting Tancredo’s support for House Resolution 2122 back on June 18, 1999, just two months after the horrific shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, in Tancredo’s congressional district and just blocks from the lawmaker’s home.

In a New York Times article published three days after the vote, Tancredo explained why he supported the legislation, making him the only member of Congress from Colorado to do so (the legislation died, with Republicans arguing that the restrictions went too far and Democrats that they didn’t go far enough).

In response to a question from reporter James Brooke, who asked “what made the difference?”, Tancredo replied: ”Twelve dead children, one dead adult, 24 injured kids and a community that has had its heart broken — that made the difference.”

Ironically, this is the kind of story that would probably help Tancredo in a General Election if he hadn't already decided to be "Captain 2nd Amendment" in the Republican Primary. This also highlights the problem of gun safety for Republicans in a Primary — any perceived weakness on 2nd Amendment issues will be a problem for someone trying to win the GOP nomination.

As for Brophy, he's spent so much time lately trying to tear down Tancredo and Scott Gessler that it's starting to look like he's really running in order to block for someone else — Mike Kopp, perhaps?

12 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Is that image an official Greg poster?
    If yes, then does it appeal to 51% of the electorate?
    I really don't want my governor glorifying assault rifles.

  2. DawnPatrol says:

    Big gun, big mouth, very little man.

  3. DavidThi808 says:

    So Tancredo might lose the primary over doing the right thing at that time.

    • OrangeFree says:

      There are many reasons that Tanc might lose the primary, but it's not going to be because made an emotional vote on a bill based on a mass shooting that happened in his district. 

  4. Curmudgeon says:

    What a ridiculous, malicious little twerp. 

  5. Davie says:

    Wow! Between Bill Cadman's rant, and Brophy's attacks, it pretty much sums up today's GOP.

    Vicious, malicious, and ill-tempered.  Isn't that just about everything you look for in a leader? 

    Oops, forgot vindictive — Christie's got my vote too 😉

    • Curmudgeon says:

      Maybe somewhere in their tiny reptilian brains, they can sense the rest of humanity evolving past them… and it makes them angry. 

      • BlueCat says:

        Not so far from the truth. Probably why American fundamentalists, having lost the war against gays here, have been so busy helping write and pass unbelievably draconian anti-gay laws in Uganda, laws that include death sentences, and other African countries such as Burundi and Malawi. Conservatives really are dragging those knuckles as hard as they can to slow down the evolving world around them, even though they must know resistance to change is ultimately futile.  Maybe they can move to Uganda and enjoy living in a country that hounds LGBT people to prison and death, according to the hate laws they wrote and promoted, for another half a generation.

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