Irony watch: Beauprez blames Republican Governors Association for election loss

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Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez appeared on KNUS’ Craig Silverman Show Saturday and blamed, among other things, the Republican Governors’ Association (RGA) for his November loss to Democrat John Hickenlooper.

“We would have liked to have had a little more backing from some of our friends,” Beauprez told Silverman. “Notably the Republican Governors Association went dark for three weeks right during the middle of the campaign. That one hurt quite a little bit.”

Beauprez’s opponents would wail at the irony of it, of course, because it was an RGA-funded campaign that arguably allowed Beauprez to prevail against his opponent Tom Tancredo during the Republican gubernatorial primary last year.

Beauprez has rejected accusations, from former Rep. Tom Tancredo and others, that he had any knowledge of the RGA’s surreptitious campaign against Tancredo. But Tanc is so mad about it, he’s started a Stop Chris Christie PAC to fight Christie.

“But didn’t you get in bed with Chris Christie, and then he ultimately rolled over and squished ya,” asked Silverman, in a flashback to the kind of edgy questioning he used to deploy on some Republicans during KHOW’s Caplis and Silverman Show. “I hate to use that kind of imagery. But Chris Christie is a bed you got in, and he ended up betraying you.”

“Getting in bed with Chris Christie, I do reject that metaphor, that analogy, the use of that kind of phrase” responded Beauprez on air. “I’m not a Chris Christie supporter in this election right now. And I had some issues with Chris Christie, but the reality was, he was the chairman of the Republican Governors Association. So was I going to accept the help of the Republican Governors Association, just as John Hickenlooper accepted massive amounts, massive amounts, of money from the Democratic Governors Association? Of course I’m going to do that. So the presumption that I was in lockstep with Chris Christie on everything he ever said or would do or say in the future, that’s simply not fair.”

Beauprez rejected Silverman’s assertion that Beauprez’s opposition to marijuana legalization hurt him in the election.

Beauprez said he didn’t take a position against pot, per se, but instead simply said the future governor would have to deal with the law as passed.

Beauprez also rejected Peter Boyles’ accusation, repeated to Beauprez by Silverman, that Beauprez backed off his hard-line stance against immigration, including his suggestion that Colorado should send troops to the Mexican border to help stop illegal immigration.

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. FrankUnderwood says:

    He and Tancredo can cry on each other’s shoulder.

  2. Republican 36 says:

    Mr. Beauprez’s loss has nothing to do with the Republican Governors Association. He never had a coherent message and he never gave people a reason to believe he could do better than Gov. Hickenlooper or what direction he wanted to take the state. Put simply:  He never had a message or theme in his campaign. He needs to wake-up in the morning and look in the mirror. He’ll be looking at the reason why he lost.

    • Republican 36 says:

      Come to think of it, if Beauprez thought the RGA funding or lack thereof for three weeks was the decisive factor, why didn’t he write the check to stay on the air or do whatever he thought was necessary. He certainly could have afforded it with the $18 million he received when he sold his banks. Again, he just needs to look in the mirror to see the reason why he lost.

    • marklane1351 says:

      Really I thought he lost because he said Hickenlooper was responsible for the death of Tom Clemens.

  3. mamajama55 says:

    What is it with these right wing media flack’s obsession with (to them) forbidden sex? Chris Christie and Bob Beauprez in bed together – that’s a visual I could have done without.

    And, to quote Seinfeld: “Not that there’s anything wrong with that!”

  4. DaninDen says:

    It was good radio, (I listened, after tuning into the previous,” UP with Chuck (Bonniewell)” program, what made it interesting was Silverman’s effusive praise of Jared Polis, who called(un asked) Silverman in his hotel in Wash D.C. Craig, who had arrived in the Capitol, ticket less for the Bibi speech concert. Polis came through, for Craig, and in return Silverman declares Polis to be his favorite congress person. Astoundingly, he (Craig) regaled with a story of using Wash D.C. bike share to tour his favorite president memorials. Things went down hill, (and shrill) when interviewing BOB (burnt out banker) who sounded cranky, whiny and like many old people “set in his ways” revealing perhaps the underlying voter rejection, “not likable.”

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