BREAKING: Sen. Tim Neville Weighing U.S. Senate Bid

UPDATE #2: Liberal activist group ProgressNow Colorado calls Tim Neville “the most dangerous politician in Colorado.” Will he take that as a compliment?

As news broke today that far-right Colorado Sen. Tim Neville is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2016, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, warned Colorado voters against being deceived by one of the state’s most dangerous far-right politicians.

“Tim Neville in the United States Senate would be the most dangerous politician in America,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Senator Neville is more than just another vote to repeal Obamacare, to ban all abortions without exception, and to repeal all laws against gun violence. Neville represents the no-compromise, take-no-prisoners wing of the Republican Party that will bring the loudest voices of the Tea Party into the mainstream.”

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UPDATE 1:05PM: The Denver Post’s John Frank now reporting:

Neville is considered one of the most conservative members in the state Senate. He defeated an incumbent Democrat in a swing seat in 2014 to win the seat. His campaign would appeal to hard-right conservatives and those aligned with the tea party.

An invite to a Tuesday event for Neville hosted by real estate agent Mike Donahue at his Lakewood office described the lawmaker as a “highly principled patriot.”

…Neville is scheduled to talk to conservatives 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Denver VFW on West Warren Avenue. Ray Garcia is listed at the host.

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Sen. Tim Neville.

Sen. Tim Neville.

We started hearing rumors in the last 24 hours about the possibility that Colorado Sen. Tim Neville, who represents mountain areas of Jefferson County and Front Range gambling towns, would shortly declare a run for the U.S. Senate in 2016 against incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.

Late yesterday, confirmation of Neville’s interest began to circulate on social media:

Please Join me for A Meet and Greet with Senator Tim Neville regarding Conversations about the Colorado U.S. Senate race.

Saturday, Sept 12th, 1:00-3:00pm (Lunch Provided)
Hosted by
Frank and Christy Rodriguez
& Representative Lori Saine

1019 10th Ave
Greeley, CO 80631
R.S.V.P 970.599.0037

Senator Neville is considering a run for
the U.S. Senate to defeat liberal extremist
Senator Michael Bennett.

•Senator Neville has proven he can win in a highly
targeted competitive district.

•Senator Neville has highly regarded principles and a
proven voting record.

•Senator Neville is well known and respected
throughout Colorado communities.

Neville’s entry into the U.S. Senate race could indeed be a game-changing development. Neville’s support among the conservative wing of the Republican Party is very strong, and he enjoys a close relationship with the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners organization whose power in GOP primary elections has been demonstrated repeatedly. In this year’s legislative session, Neville arguably had the highest profile of any Republican state senator, energizing the Republican grassroots with uncompromising positions on everything from guns to “freedom” of school children to decline vaccinations. Neville’s base of support in Jefferson County is also a powerful advantage that he would enjoy in a statewide Republican primary.

Back in June when the GOP’s first choice Rep. Mike Coffman opted to not run for the U.S. Senate next year, we identified Neville as one of a few names to watch. Neville wouldn’t be up for election to his SD-16 seat until 2018, so there’s no risk in running for higher office next year. And Neville’s strong support from RMGO and the conservative grassroots make him a formidable candidate who could actually win this primary–a fact that might be enough to dissuade a challenger before they emerge.

Bottom line: Neville has the clout to factor in this race, especially compared to alternatives left after so many have opted against running. Above all, he can’t be manhandled any more than Dudley Brown himself. He will feel no deference at all to George Brauchler, or anyone else Republican Party elites might decide they prefer.

So go make some popcorn, folks. One hell of a show is about to begin.

40 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. COgator95 says:

    So, the Republican clown car may have its first occupant. Awesome.

  2. Moderatus says:

    If I was Michael Bennet, I'd be worried. 

  3. ct says:

    Who is extremist liberal Senator Michael Bennett and what does he have to do with Colorado? 

  4. ct says:

    He has highly regarded principles!  For instance:

    He usually dresses himself before going out into public (except sometimes when he thinks the door is unlocked and he is just grabbing the paper.  It was an honest mistake).  

    He chews with his mouth shut (unless he is watching baseball, because he loves Apple Pie!  Go Rockies!).  

    He likes to drive on the right side of the street.

     

  5. taterheaptom says:

    Well known and respected throughout Colorado Communities? Hell Yeah!  Well, out here in Molina anyways!  We can't stop talking about Tim and his highly regarded principles!  

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Another gun-lovin', fetus-lovin', poor-baby hatin' (Republican) Geezuz-fearin' neo-con?  The Fall Watermelon Slaughter in Yuma County would be a perfect place for him to launch his official campaign. The prime melons will soon be picked with nothing left but the gourds that couldn't get enough water or nutrients to make the cut.  It's a perfect metaphor for their party platform. 

  6. FrankUnderwood says:

    "Liberal extremist Michael Bennet"????  WTF, would Zapp like to reply to THAT?  He's a damn vascillating plutocrat and DINO.  If Bennet is a liberal extremist, what would Neville consider DeGette or Polis? 

    Bennet should be so lucky as to get this wack job as an opponent.

  7. taterheaptom says:

    Watermelon plunkin has taking on patriotic proportions with all the gun-grabbin and schemin about gun-grabbin going on!  God Bless each of the Neville Brothers and especially Tim as he goes forth into Colorado Communities with his highly regarded principles!  

     

    https://youtu.be/BlzP0wi9IZc

     

  8. doremi says:

    "Liberal Extremist Michael Bennet"? 

    What is extreme is using the label "liberal" with Michael Bennet.  For those of

    who do subscribe to that label, Bennet has been  a huge disappointment.

  9. doremi says:

    "Liberal Extremist Michael Bennet"? 

    What is extreme is using the label "liberal" with Michael Bennet.  For those of

    who do subscribe to that label, Bennet has been  a huge disappointment.

    BUT…on the other hand.  With Neville as the opponent, we’ll be Loving Michael…and out working for him.

  10. davebarnes says:

    Michael Wall Street Toady better get his shit together and start campaigning.

  11. Progressicat says:

    I expect this latest entrant into the race has Bennet quivering in his boots.  Of course, it's from the body-shaking fits of hysterical laughter, but still, quivering in them boots.

    • MapMaker says:

      I felt the same way when Gardner challenged Udall. Campaigns count. Bennet's 2010 success was due, at least in part, to how reprehensible Buck was. At that, Bennet didn't so much exploit Buck's failings as Buck self destructed. I'm more familiar with Buck's depravity, since I live in his district. Does Neville carry the same baggage and foot shooting propensity as Buck?

      It would be really entertaining to see Bennet run as a Liberal Extremest.

      • BlueCat says:

        Gardner didn't quite have Neville's extremist rep and the chances of a repeat of all the horrible decisions the Udall campaign made is unlikely. It wasn't so much Gardner beating Udall as the Udall campaign being a perfect storm of political malpractice. And, if Brauchler would rather be Governor this is probably just fine with him. Certainly fine with me.

      • Progressicat says:

        Cory Gardner is a self-serving opportunist.  Tim Neville is an utter nutbag.

        Anything's possible, I guess, but if Neville beats Bennet in a presidential election year, start looking around for 4 guys on horseback not looking for a rodeo.

      • I don't think you'll catch Neville soft-selling his extremist views. I'll give Gardner credit for knowing how to tippy-toe through the political minefields. Neville isn't that kind of guy from what we've seen so far.

  12. Not Dame Edna2 says:

    Ugh. Tim Neville is an awful little man, and I mean that in anyway you choose to construe it. This alone should drive out voters to not let that ever happen.

    Hopefuuly the good news here will be that he will step down from his state senate seat. He is my senator, anyone would be better than this jackass.

  13. skeptical citizen says:

    RMGO extremist nutter decides to run in Colorado with our sad legacy of multiple shootings.

    What could possibly go wrong?

  14. Chickenheed says:

    Tim Neville is the reason I decided to get more involved in politics. When I bought my house in south Jeffco I found out that he was my representative and I knew then that there is no fucking way I wanted him to represent me. Lucky for me, redistricting happened and now Kerr is my representative.

    The idea of Tim Neville running against Bennett makes me want to do everything I can to support Bennett. Neville is a turd.

  15. Diogenesdemar says:

    If Tim Nevillenutter wins, who'll be left in the Colorado legislature to change Jr's diapers?

    • FrankUnderwood says:

      I'm guessing that a Rep vacancy committee (consisting primarily of the other Neville family members) would convene and appoint former Jeffco school board member Julie Williams to finish her brother-in-law's term in state senate.

      But it's unlikely Timmy will win. When was the last time someone so far to the right won a statewide race?  Bill Armstrong in 1984?

    • I'm more hoping that he steps down to run his Senate race. If he's serious about the race, he'll do that.

  16. Diogenesdemar says:

    PsyOps by TeamThurston to see if there's any opponent that might make it more likely to get voters out for Bennet???

  17. mamajama55 says:

    So if Neville represents the mountainous portions of Jeffco, why the hell is his campaign kickoff in Greeley?

    Perhaps his home folks are not fans? Like Chris Christies's peeps, the reason they're not supporting his run for higher office is that they "don't want him to leave" ?laugh

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