Tim Neville Makes It Official

Sen. Tim Neville.

Sen. Tim Neville.

The Denver Post’s John Frank announces the formal entry of state Sen. Tim Neville into the 2016 U.S. Senate race, news we originally broke at the beginning of September:

State Sen. Tim Neville, one of the legislature’s most conservative Republicans, will announce his campaign Thursday and join what may become a crowded primary field.

In an interview Monday, Neville said his political record in the General Assembly, where he opposed gun regulations, sought tougher abortion restrictions and pushed for a limited government, sets him apart.

“I don’t just talk the talk, I walk the walk,” he said. “It’s very easy for me to show the voting public where I stand and how I stand.”

Neville’s entry into this race sets up a major conflict within the Colorado Republican Party between party activists tired of equivocal “RINO” candidates and GOP elites who have been disdainful in recent years of the “Tea Party” grassroots they helped manufacture. Make no mistake: given the fractious nature of the GOP base in Colorado today, Neville is in a very strong position to own the rank-and-file that decides Republican primaries in our state. Neville’s unswayable base of support at the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners wields the bulk of its power in Republican primaries.

With Neville officially in, any other potential candidates still on the sidelines are now on notice. Not only do they need to decide what they’re doing and soon, they must now come up with a plan for winning over a GOP base naturally aligned with Tim Neville. However hard-charging Neville’s conservative politics may be, even his staunchest foes can’t deny that he works hard on the campaign trail, and knows retail politics very well. Nobody else gets a cake walk to this nomination with Neville in the race. No amount of National Republican Senatorial Committee pressure can dissuade Neville, indeed any such pressure might well have already backfired.

As of now, a war is on for the Colorado GOP’s heart and soul. And Tim Neville is in a strong position to win it.

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  1. FrankUnderwood says:

    How exciting!

     

     

  2. Gilpin Guy says:

    One can only hope that he resigns his state government employee position so he that can attempt to be hired for a federal government position.

  3. ZMulls says:

    I really, really hope Tim Neville wins the battle for the Colorado GOP's heart and soul.  That would hasten their devolution into a permanent minority party in Colorado.  Go, Timmeh, go!

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      So, for you, the fact that Republicans won a Senate seat; took back the State Senate; and won most of the elected at-large positions in state government in the 2014 election; indicates the devolution of Republicans into permanent minority status? You really must live in a fantasy world.

      I would be surprised if Neville comes out of the primary as the winner. Note his crowing over how he fought for tougher abortion restrictions; and doing that in the state that I believe was the first to legalize abortion. His anti-abortion stance plays to just a small part of registered Republicans; it certainly doesn't play to me.

      The most important part of this thread is brought up by Gilpin Guy. Udall lost because he listened too much to the inside-the-Beltway whiz kids who were here to advise him on how to get re-elected. Gilpin Guy; as well as many other posters here on other threads; notes how well that worked. Udall would still be in the Senate today if he had just done more to emphasize his environmental record, which is an issue that flies high in this state.     C.H.B.

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