The Biggest Fish Darryl Glenn Ever Caught

So, uh…this seems unlikely:

Republican Senate candidate Darryl Glenn has shown throughout his Senate campaign that he has a penchant for stretching the truth. Earlier this week, Glenn claimed in a fundraising email that he was polling in a “virtual tie” with incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet. As we noted in this space on Tuesday, Glenn’s claim that the Senate race was a dead heat comes despite a Real Clear Politics polling average that has Bennet leading the race by a solid 11.3%.

Darryl Glenn may have outraised Michael Bennet last quarter. He may also be a unicorn.

Darryl Glenn may have outraised Michael Bennet last quarter. He may also be a unicorn.

Pretending to be in a tight race when every public poll shows otherwise is a pretty bold fib, but nothing like this fundraising claim. According to campaign finance reports between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, Glenn raised A GRAND TOTAL of $347,426. If we are to believe Glenn that he has raised $2.8 million since July, that would mean that he raised EIGHT TIMES more money in the last three months than he had cobbled together in the entire 18 months prior to this reporting period.

Is it possible that Glenn really did outraise Bennet in the last three months, despite polls showing him to be running nearly 20 points behind the incumbent? It is…possible…just like it is possible that your next-door neighbor will be quarterbacking the Denver Broncos when the team next takes the field on Oct. 24.

If Glenn really did have such a spectacular quarter of fundraising, why would he wait until Friday afternoon to say anything? Glenn was asked about his prior fundraising claims in a Senate debate on Tuesday, and repeatedly ducked and dodged the queries from 9News anchor Kyle Clark. As we detailed in our “Debate Diary”:

Clark asks about Glenn’s poor fundraising, specifically about a discussion he had with Glenn last spring when Glenn said there would be lots of money and that it would prove Clark’s question false. Clark says, “Now, you finished dead last in fundraising. Why lie to a journalist reporting a story to the public?”

Glenn tries to shift the subject to be about how fundraising doesn’t make the candidate. Clark stops him to say that the question is about honesty, not fundraising, and about Glenn claiming that he would have strong financial backing before the GOP Primary.

Naturally…Glenn responds again about how fundraising doesn’t make the candidate and that Clark is disrespecting people who make small donations to his campaign.

You know what would be a pretty good answer to those questions from Clark? I just outraised Bennet this quarter to the tune of $2.8 million.

Look, it’s theoretically possible that Darryl Glenn raised a ridiculous amount of money in the last three months despite being almost completely ignored by Republicans in Colorado and across the country. It’s more likely that Glenn is telling a complete lie to reporters because he knows that nobody will be able to confirm these numbers until the Senate finance reports are made publicly available in 7-10 days. Glenn will be called out for lying about his fundraising numbers at that point, but by then ballots will have already arrived in the mail for most voters, and his bullshit will have no practical effect on the 2016 election.

But until then, Glenn can — and apparently will — say whatever the hell he wants.


5 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    If Darryl had $2M he would have a 30-sec spot on TV. Many instances. After all, he does have a compelling life story.

    There are no ads.

  2. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Rare sighting late yesterday afternoon (Oct. 13) on Denver's channel 9. What you may ask; a Darryl Glenn TV ad. 

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    If he had $2.8 million, wouldn't you think some indication of spending would have emerged by now? An active schedule of press releases? A more effective web site? A small plane that would move him from place to place more quickly?

    If he actually DID raise that money, his political campaign skills really suck, since none of it appears to be spent to improve his campaign's chances of winning.

  4. Gilpin Guy says:

    Where's Waldo?

  5. Gilpin Guy says:

    The 9News website if reporting it as a fact.  Glenn is getting the mileage he wanted out of this story.  It will be a shock if down the line we find out that this fine, upstanding Christian is lying out his ass in the hopes that his big lie will jump start his morbid campaign.  If he has the money then we should start to see some spending from it.

Leave a Reply

Comment from your Facebook account

You may comment with your Colorado Pols account above (click here to register), or via Facebook below.