Frazier Announces Run for Senate

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POLS UPDATE: Coverage of Frazier’s announcement in The Hill and the Denver Post. We applaud Frazier for actually having the stones to do formal candidate stuff like a real candidate, unlike lots of people we know, but the answer to Frazier’s question is going to be numerical–as in dollars, according to the Constitution 31 is technically old enough to be a Senator. Original post follows.


Ryan Frazier today announced a run for the U.S. Senate in Grand Junction at a Tea Party Protest. Frazier, a veteran, a small businessman, an elected offical and co-founder of a charter school has many qualifications in from only 30 years. Ryan Frazier is one of the best hopes for the GOP in Colorado next election cycle. The Colorado GOP is running short on good candidates, but Ryan Frazier is not short of a bright future. This accomplished man is already the top man in the GOP Senate Primary.

About Ryan

Ryan believes that every Coloradoan, every American wants to make a life for themselves and their families and that’s why liberty matters so much. He is motivated to work for a Colorado that’s prosperous with jobs and business, where everyone has an opportunity to make a life for themselves, and the liberty to live their life as they believe best.

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Other candidates that may run against Frazier could include former Congressman Bob Beauprez, DA Ken Buck and Talk Radio Host Dan Caplis. Ryan Frazier has taken the lead of these other possible candidates in a series of straw polls.

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  1. A-bob says:

    You’ll win the primary by a landslide.

  2. Jambalaya says:

    …and thus his protest?  

  3. twas brillig says:

    Also, I’m guilty of garbled grammar in many a comment, but you may want to spend some time editing this post. What exactly is a “former veteran”?

  4. Car 31 says:

    Frazier’s going to lose to Da Big Michael B.

    Sorry, I’m really operating on lack of sleep here.

    I do like the alliteration in the bio piece, though!  The verbiage veritably vrooms off the pregnant page pushing liberty, life and little less than lots of love to all Coloradans.

    Question to Frazier – if everyone has an opportunity to make life better for themselves and the liberty to live it – why do we need you? Might as well keep the rich white guy for all the good you’d do us…

  5. DavidThi808 says:

    in my case I want to open a smelter in my front yard. I trust Frazier will be there to support me against the evil neighbors & zoning board.

  6. Mark my words – if Frazier makes it out of the Republican primary, he WILL defeat Bennett – book it

    With that said – it would be a huge mistake to assume that Frazier couldn’t win the Republican primary

    People often talk about Frazier’s speaking abilities, but that’s not what impresses me – the guy is very hard working, and most of all, has surrounded himself with VERY good people

    Lastly – he’s running a very positive campaign

    I love a candidate who is PRO-TABOR and pro-civil-unions — I’m still waiting to see what Bob Schaffer decides to do, but to my Democrat friends – underestimate Frazier at your own cost… as a grassroots Republican, I can confirm that this guy is for real

    • DavidThi808 says:

      Bennet is good. Saw him working a room tonight and he does very well. And he’s got the bucks coming in.

      He’s tied to the economy and the Dems being in charge and so if voters think Obama & the Dems are doing an ok (not great – ok) job or better, he’s got it.

    • Arvadonian says:

      Frazier would be the strongest candidate for the republicans…he’s not easily tagged as a “crazy right winger” ala Caplis and Buck or a washed up politician like Schaffer or Beauprez.

      Having said that, I don’t see how he gets out of a Republican Primary when he actually seems to see gays and lesbians as equal members of society deserving of the same right and responsiblities as everyone else.  That is the very antithesis of the Republican party and especially its primary voters.  

      Unless there is a multi-candidate primary with two or three hard right conservatives splitting the vote, Frazier loses.  

      Could a Republican win statewide without a single vote from Colorado Springs?  We could soon find out if Frazier can convince Caplis, Buck and Beauprez to all run against him in the primary.

      • Fidel's dirt nap says:

        I see Frazier as a viable candidate.  He is starting to look better each day.  A strong competitor to Bennett would actually be a good thing.  If Frazier can get by the powers that be in his party he will give Bennett a run for his money.

        • jW says:

          I’d like to see a viable candidate come from the GOP. Any idea if the party players back him? If he’s primaried and doesn’t have the support of the party, he doesn’t have a shot in hell.

      • Republican 36 says:

        If he respects the rights of gays and lesbians and is pro-choice on abortion, as others have mentioned, he is dead in the water inside the Republican Party.

        • Arvadonian says:

          Has the Republican Party of Colorado ever produced such a candidate for state wide office?

              • Fidel's dirt nap says:

                but won’t it dawn on the party AT ALL that Frazier is a guy who is kind of in touch with the people, and is the future of the party ?  Are they really that unyeilding ?

                He’s only 30 for christ sakes, but is pretty damn accomplished already – he could be a force in Colorado politics for decades if he’s given a chance.

                • Republican 36 says:

                  Twenty or more years ago, the party would have welcomed someone like your description of Mr. Frazier but since the early 1990’s the Colorado Republican Party has insisted on absolute adherence to ideological positions on taxes and social issues like abortion. No deviation is allowed, especially for those candidates running for major offices like governor, U.S. Senator or the U.S. House.

                  Presently, if you want to run for office as a Republican you can never, and I mean never, ever say that taxes should be raised for any reason whatsoever. In fact, in all circumstances you must insist that taxes be reduced. If you don’t believe in this proposition and your registered as a Republican your immediately tagged a RINO and told not to be involved.

                  Further, under no circumstances can you be for any kind of abortion period. No compromise is allowed period. You must be pure pro-life for all circumstances.

                  Needless to say, these kinds of ideological straight jackets end up making many Republican candidates look silly and out-of-touch and they loose. It also makes bad public policy. A good example is President Bush continuing to insist on his tax cuts while vastly increasing the federal budget and thus driving the deficit to unheard of heights because of course, you can never raise taxes under any circumstances.

                  Another example of this is U.S. Senator Arlen Spector (R-PA). After he voted for President Obama’s stimulus bill, a Republican political consultant was quoted as saying that Sen. Spector had bought himself a primary, but what was even more appalling was what he said to explain why a primary was necessary. He said, we don’t care if we loose Sen. Spector’s seat to the Democrats because we must eliminate the fifth columnists from our ranks. In other words, absolute adherence to every extreme right-wing ideological position is required or the Republican Party will try to get rid of you. What the Republicans have done is so narrowed their appeal, they are now basically a party whose only strength is in the southeastern United States.

                  If what I have read here on Coloradopols is true that Mr. Frazier is both pro-choice and at least somewhat favorable toward gay rights, then he doesn’t have a prayer of surviving beyond the state Republican convention. He’ll be lucky to make the primary ballot but I’m betting he won’t. Apparently, his views deviate on two social issues from ironclad Republican ideology and thats all it will take to insure his defeat.

              • One Queer Dude says:

                   And even then the GOP was starting its rightward descent into oblivion in Colorado.  

                  The party “balanced” the moderate-conservative Hank Brown by running a crackpot like John Andrews for governor that year.

                  Brown won and Andrews lost.  You would think they might have picked up on that.

                • Republican 36 says:

                  In today’s political environment, Hank Brown would have a very difficult time winning the Republican nomination even for his old state senate seat in Greeley. He is pro-choice and voted for the Woman’s Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Even though he is the most successful Republican politician in the past half century, he no longer meets the ironclad litmus tests the right-wingers require all candidates to meet.

            • Arvadonian says:

              Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)

              Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)

              Voted YES to override the veto of the President of the U.S. on the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995

              So while he was “sort of pro-choice” (he supported abortion rights but didn’t have a problem with letting women die in the event of their needing a D&X abortion to save their life—the only time such procedures were performed) he was no friend to the gay and lesbian community thinking it perfectly fine for an employer to fire an employee for being gay.  

              • redstateblues says:

                Hank Brown did that. I don’t agree with how he voted on the legislation you mentioned, but you asked for an example.

                Ben Campbell is pro-choice as well, and he ran as a Republican in 1998.

                • Arvadonian says:

                  what I was asking was if the Republican Party of Colorado had ever produced a candidate who was an out and out social liberal.  (That’s why I asked, “He’s pro-choice ‘TOO’?”)

                  As for Campbell, the republicans didn’t so much produce him.  They annexed him…

            • One Queer Dude says:

              nothing statewide since then

    • MADCO says:


      How about you offer to buy lunch for anyone who has posted here saying otherwise – Frazier will not win.

      Make it in DC or or Bangor Maine- that will keep the turn out down.  I’ll buy your if he does.

      He’s too young. He’s unknown. He’s too inexperienced.  He can overcome all of these.

      He’s pro-TABOR. He’s Republican.  He’s young and good looking and seems to be pretty smart (still >/< unknown). He’s won All positives.

      He’s pro-choice. Whoops. He’ll have a hard time carrying the R base in a primary if there is one but if he does, he won’t emerge stronger with the Rs.  

      And if there isn’t one,  hell just start running against MB & Obama now.  Even if the economy stays tanked, or we blow some national security thing, it’s hard to see how gets the rest of CO thinking he’s the solution. Perhaps I lack imagination.

    • Colorado Pols says:

      Swell. So what happens if Michael Bennet also works hard? You had damn well better be a hard worker if you are going to run for the U.S. Senate.

      None of the things you have said here address the two big problems he has:

      1. Nobody knows who he is

      2. Can he raise REAL money?

      • Fidel's dirt nap says:

        1. Nobody knows who he is

        2. Can he raise REAL money?

        • redstateblues says:

          in 2004. He continued to be in the spotlight on the Sunday morning shows until he announced. He was on Conan when he went to Chicago, and he was getting people excited from the get-go.

          Ryan Frazier doesn’t have a “We are the United States of America” moment.

          I agree that he’s the most viable GOP candidate right now though.

          • Fidel's dirt nap says:

            Sometimes people with the right gifts rise out of relative obscurity pretty quickly – its too early to say for Frazier.  It’ll be interesting to watch though.  

            I have to admit I am impressed with Frazier’s stance on social issues, which shows he’s his own man.  Too bad he’s living in a time where his party only accepts lock step ideologues.  The big tent folded a long time ago when the fundies came to camp.

            • redstateblues says:

              they’ll get behind him.

              Personally, I would much rather see someone like Ken Buck take on Bennet because then I won’t have to work nearly as hard to get him elected.

              A Frazier vs. Bennet match up will likely keep the seat in Democratic hands, but it’ll probably be way too close for comfort.

              Plus, let’s not take away from the fact that electing our first African-American Senator would be a huge accomplishment.

  7. Half Glass Full says:

    The guy needs to work on his grammar:

    He is motivated to work for a Colorado that’s prosperous with jobs and business, where everyone has an opportunity to make a life for themselves, and the liberty to live their life as they believe best.

    Several mistakes in that clunker of a sentence. Why, you’d almost think he was an illegal alien.

  8. Ralphie says:

    Does he have some disease we don’t know about?

  9. dem83 says:

    He may be a better fit for the Republican Party and is not as dumb as many people would like to think. He was a graduate of Princeton University, was a U.S. Attorney, and worked on the Iran-Contra investigation. He has connections both in Colorado and Washington D.C. (something that Frazier lacks). He would be able to raise some serious money.

    Can he win in a general? I don’t know. Can he beat Frazier in a primary? Definitely.

    • Leonard Smalls says:

      While you’re right that Buck could win the primary, I’m not sure that the general electorate is going to be on board with Tancredo and Musgrave rolled into one package.

  10. bhusher says:

    This is more of a question than an assertion, but does anyone think that he can really keep the rural, white conservative block being a black Republican who supports a certain level of gay rights but is anti-worker???

  11. A-bob says:

    that Frazier is a wild-card and he could win by a landslide or get destroyed in the primary.

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