TrumpWatch Update: Some CO Republicans Still Refusing to Say Where They Stand on Trump

Even if you’re running for coroner–or especially if you’re running for coroner–Trump is the most import topic of the election.

Yet, some Colorado Republicans running for office this election won’t say if they support Trump, apparently believing that if they do so, they will scare away voters in competitive districts.

Since our first report exposing Republican candidates who won’t say where they stand on Trump, we’ve heard the voice of GOP candidate for CU regent, Richard Murray, in a tape recording to donors, saying he’ll cast his vote for the president. Murray won’t talk to reporters at all about Trump.

Other Republicans running for important seats won’t come clean about Trump.

State Sen. Kevin Priola of Adams County did not return another call today asking for his stance on Trump. State Senate candidate Suzanne Staiert of Arapahoe County won’t talk to the Colorado Times Recorder. Both seats could determine which party controls the Colorado Senate.

State House candidate Don Rosier won’t return our calls about Trump, even though he acknowledged this week to ColoradoPolitics, “There are times, I’ll be quite honest with you, where individuals want to… talk more about national politics, whether it be the president of the Senate race. I try to bring it back and say, ‘OK, let’s talk about the district, let’s talk about local, that’s why I’m out here talking with you,'” he told ColoradoPolitics.

Overall, not a single Republican elected to a state office in Colorado has said they oppose Trump.

Below is an updated list of Republicans in key races—and where they stand on Trump, if their position is known.

Candidates in Key Races Who Won’t Say if They Back Trump

Vanessa Warren-DeMott (House District 25, suburbs west of Denver). DeMott didn’t return a call seeking to know her stance on Trump.

Caroline Cornell (House District 37, Centennial area). Asked by CTR if she supports Trump, Cornell hung up the phone after saying, “I’m—I don’t—I’m afraid I have to get on another call right now. I’ll have to call you back.”

Lynn Gerber (Senate District 19, Jefferson County). Gerber didn’t return a call seeking to know her stance on Trump.

Vicki Pyne (House District 27, Arvada). Pyne didn’t return a call seeking to know her stance on Trump.

Kevin Priola (Senate District 25, Adams County). Priola did not return calls from the Colorado Times Recorder seeking his position on Trump. He “doesn’t want to talk about Trump,” according to The Denver Post.

Don Rosier (House District 37, Littleton/Evergreen). Rosier didn’t return calls seeking to know his stance on Trump.

Suzanne Staiert (Senate District 27, Arapahoe County). Staiert declined to tell the Colorado Times Recorder if she supports Trump, saying she’s “never been asked” the question by people during current the campaign.

Candidates Who Refuse to Say Publicly if They Support Trump, But Told Donors They Will Vote for the Prez

Richard Murray (University of Colorado Regent, Aurora area). “I don’t want to comment on the president,” Murray has said. Later he was caught on an audio recording telling GOP donors he would vote for the president.

GOP Office Holders in Key Races Backing Trump

U.S. SenCory Gardner. (Gardner once called Trump a “buffoon” and then said in 2016 he’d vote for him (after being asked seven times). Gardner eventually said he wouldn’t cast a ballot for Trump and voted for Pence. Now, he’s endorsed Trump.)

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck. (Buck led the “Never Trump” opposition at the 2016 Republican National Convention, before eventually accepting Trump as the nominee. He’s since become a fervent supporter.)

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn. Co-chair of Trump’s Colorado re-election campaign.

State Sen. Bob Rankin (Senate District 8, Northwestern Colorado). Rankin was an early Trump supporter, endorsing him at a time when many Colorado Republicans were uncertain about the mogul. He affirmed his support this week.

State Rep. Richard Champion (House District 38, Arapahoe County). Promoted his support of Trump during the campaign.

Republican Legislative or Congressional Candidates Backing Trump

Congressional candidate Lauren Boebert (facing Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush)

Congressional candidate Steve House (challenging U.S. Rep. Jason Crow)

Congressional candidate Casper Stockham (challenging U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter)

Robert Blanken (House District 17, Colorado Springs). “As a Republican, I strongly support Donald Trump,” Blanken told the Colorado Times Recorder, adding that the president “has made some errors in the ways he communicates” and Trump may have wanted rephrase or refrain from even discussing certain issues.” “I think he’s done a wonderful job,” he said.

Marilyn Harris (House District 59, southern Colorado). Considered it a “great honor” to vote for Trump.

Bob Roth (Senate District 26, Arapahoe County). Says he supports the president.

Select Former GOP Officials Opposing Trump

Former leader of the Colorado Republican Party Ryan Call.

Former state House GOP Minority Leader Rep. Cole Wist.

Former state Rep. Victor Mitchell. “Donald Trump is a despicable human being,” Mitchell told the Colorado Times Recorder.

Former Elected Officials Backing Trump

Former CO Secretary of State Wayne Williams

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On Radio, Boebert Confirms That She Opposes All Vaccination Requirements

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Lauren Boebert.

Colorado congressional candidate Lauren Boebert clarified over the weekend that she thinks vaccinations should always be a “personal choice,” regardless of the circumstances.

Colorado doesn’t mandate that residents get any type of vaccination, but Boebert’s stance would go further, stopping the state from requiring, for example, that most workers at licensed medical facilities get the flu vaccine, as Colorado law currently states.

Colorado also stops short of mandating that children get recommended vaccinations in order to attend public school

Instead, Colorado allows parents not to vaccinate their kids for medical or nonmedical reasons, as long as parents obtain a written medical exemption or take an online education module.

Boebert opposes such requirements, which passed into law this year.

“I believe that that is a personal choice,” Boebert, who also thinks mask-wearing should be optional, told KVOR radio host Jeff Crank on Saturday, referring to vaccinations. “And people should be able to talk with their doctors and make that decision, not having government come in and forcing that decision on people. So that should be between patients and doctors, not have more government intervention.”

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Brauchler Says Staiert Beat Hick “Like a Baby Harp Seal”

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Suzanne Staiert.

State Senate candidate Suzanne Staiert has been trying to distance herself from her partisan history, going so far as to scrub her campaign website earlier this year of information about her Republican background and her role in prosecuting former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, over minor ethics issues.

So it might have come as a shock to Staiert when KNUS talk radio host George Brauchler, a fellow Republican, introduced Staiert to his radio audience Saturday with, as Brauchler put it, “a little reminder to people of how you beat [Hickenlooper] like a baby harp seal on some of those ethics issues.”

Staiert received that introduction with a light laugh, and the two discussed the ethics charges before the radio interview moved on to Staiert’s race against Democrat Chris Kolker.

“Yeah, this one is really competitive,” said Staiert, referring to her swing district in Arapahoe County.

Brauchler speculated that Democrats are focusing on Staiert’s race because of a “little bit of Democrat revenge here for what you did to their golden boy, John Hickenlooper.”

Staiert sidestepped the accusation, saying “I don’t know what is motivating it.”

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In Three Incidents, Boebert Ignored Laws Designed to Protect Juveniles

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Lauren Boebert (center).

A Rifle restaurant owned by Colorado congressional candidate Lauren Boebert once had its liquor license temporarily suspended for serving alcohol to an underage (and undercover) Liquor Enforcement Division employee.

The restaurant, Putter’s Pub & Steakhouse, admitted to the 2015 violation and paid a fine.

Boebert herself didn’t sell the beer to the juvenile, and many establishments each year are caught selling booze to minors in Colorado.

But Boebert has exhibited a pattern of disregarding laws aimed at protecting juveniles.

In two additional instances, one related to alcohol consumption by minors and another to gun possession, she was hostile to or outright flouted such laws.

In 2015, the same year of her liquor license suspension, Boebert encouraged minors to flee police detention after the youngsters were arrested for drinking at the Country Jam music festival in Grand Junction.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s description of Boebert’s frantic efforts to convince the juveniles to high tail it from police is best grasped if you read the account of Colorado Newsline, which first reported on the incident.

Boebert tried to get juveniles, who were being held near the concert venue, to “leave the custody of law enforcement,” wrote Colorado Newsline.

Boebert was yelling at the children, claiming wrongly their arrests were illegal and “trying to get [them] to leave the custody of law enforcement,” according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s report, as quoted by Colorado Newsline.

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CU Regent Candidate, Who Refused To Reveal His Stance on Prez, Told GOP Donors He’ll Vote for Trump

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Richard Murray, a Republican who’s running for an open seat on the University of Colorado Board of Regents, would be expected to vote for Trump on November 3. After all, no elected Republican in Colorado has said they’ll abandon the President, despite his unpopularity here–and his extremism, like his refusal to commit to leaving office peacefully.

But during his watershed regent race that could become the high watermark of the blue wave splashing across Colorado, Murray has been refusing to say where he stands on Trump, likely because his pro-Trump stance would scare away swing Trump-hating voters.

Murray has been caught telling Republican donors that he will vote for the president, according to an audio recording released by a group opposing Murray.

In the recording, Murray is asked, “Are you going to be voting for Trump in the General Election?”

The question elicits laughter from the crowd, presumably because it would be preposterous for a Republican not to vote for Trump.

After a slight pause, Murray says, “Uhhh, yes.”

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Like Trump, Boebert & Others Who’ve Supported QAnon in CO Have Yet to Denounce It

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President Donald Trump added legitimacy to QAnon last week, refusing to denounce the baseless conspiracy theory and throwing renewed focus on other political leaders who are in Trump’s camp when it comes to QAnon.

Here in Colorado, at least four Republican officials, who have expressed their support for the QAnon, have yet to denounce the theory, which promotes the idea that a satanic cabal of pedophiles are out to undermine Trump and America. The FBI considers QAnon a domestic terrorism threat.

Congressional candidate Lauren Boebert is the Colorado candidate who’s gotten the most attention in QAnon discussions.

Boebert was apparently a QAnon follower before winning the Republican nomination. She followed multiple QAnon channels on YouTube and she’d said she hoped QAnon is “real.”

After beginning her campaign to take on Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush for the western/southern Colorado congressional seat, campaign staff began to push back on her QAnon label. However Boebert, like Trump, hasn’t denounced QAnon outright, instead saying she “not a follower.”

But even after saying she wasn’t a QAnon follower, she seemed to promote a QAnon conspiracy theory involving Tom Hanks getting his Greek citizenship because he’s a pedophile, and Greece classifies pedophilia as a disability.

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Another Case Emerges Where Boebert Didn’t Show Up for Court

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About three years ago, the Garfield County Court ordered Colorado congressional candidate Lauren Boebert to garnish the wages of an employee at her restaurant, Shooters Grill.

Boebert ignored the order. Over a period of ten months in 2017, she and her employee, who’d been sued for failing to pay a personal debt, continued to be nonresponsive to the court and the lawyers involved.

Eventually, the Garfield Court ordered Boebert to participate in a hearing via telephone, but she skipped the call, leaving other attorneys waiting for her on the phone.

The judge and the attorney for the debt collector, Professional Finance Company, were “present by phone” according to the case summary (here, here, here, here) and other case documents obtained by the Colorado Times Recorder from the Garfield Court via a records request.

But no Boebert.

Then she didn’t appear for a second court hearing, after being served a formal order to do so.

“Garnishee, Shooters Grill Failed to Appear,” reads the case summary for Oct. 17, 2017. “Default judgment against garnishee, Shooters Grill.”

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YouTube Bans QAnon Accounts Once Followed by Boebert

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Saying it wants to stop conspiracy theories used to justify harassment and violence, YouTube yesterday banned QAnon channels from its platform–two of which were followed by Colorado Congressional candidate Lauren Boebert.

Before running for Congress, Boebert followed multiple QAnon channels, including “Official QAnon Movement” and “Destroying the Illusion,” both of which have been removed by YouTube.

After defeating U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) in the GOP primary, it was revealed that Boebert had made sympathetic comments about QAnon.

When questioned about those comments, Boebert said she didn’t “follow” QAnon–but it was quickly revealed that she was, in fact, following multiple QAnon accounts on YouTube.

Boebert then deleted her YouTube account and other social media platforms, as first reported by the Colorado Times Recorder.

After deleting QAnon channels, YouTube, which is owned by Google, stated in a blog post, “Today, we are taking another step in our efforts to curb hate and harassment by removing more conspiracy theory content used to justify real-world violence.”

Boebert mocks critics worried about QAnon.

Boebert’s campaign communications director recently stated her belief, which isn’t supported by any credible information, that Google is targeting the email accounts of conservatives in a “nefarious” conspiracy, pushing Boebert’s email messages into spam folders.

YouTube’s deletion of some of Boebert’s QAnon channels came on the same day President Trump refused to condemn the conspiracy theory, which centers around the belief that government workers are out to get Trump and includes the idea that a Satanic cult of celebrity and Democratic pedophiles wield wide power.

Conspiracy theory experts see YouTube as essential in the growth and spread of QAnon, as numerous videos, including documentaries and talk shows, were posted on the platform that were seen by millions of viewers.

RELATED: Boebert Still Embraces ‘Deep State’ Conspiracy Theory that Gov’t Workers ‘Appear To Be Undermining’ Trump

Boebert’s campaign didn’t respond to an email asking about the deletion of her YouTube account–and how the apparent fact that she subscribed to QAnon channels on YouTube squares with the fact that she’s insists she’s not a follower of QAnon.

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Boebert Says She Doesn’t Let Teens Illegally Carry Guns But One Teen Said Boebert “Allows Me To”

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Speaking on conservative talk radio last month, Colorado congressional candidate Lauren Boebert said underage servers at her diner, Shooters Grill, are not allowed to carry guns, like other wait staff does.

But one 17-year-old server featured in a news report says Boebert “allows me to” carry a gun, even though it’s illegal in Colorado to do so.

“Well, because I’m seventeen, I actually can’t carry it everywhere,” said one of Boebert’s servers in a Barcroft TV interview, shot in 2015, referring to the gun on her hip. “I can carry at work because it’s Lauren’s private property. And she allows me to.”

Even though the interview with the teenager is featured on the website for Shooters Grill (See below.), Boebert told KHOW’s Ross Kaminsky that underage servers in her diner don’t carry firearms.

“Not all of our waitresses carry,” Boebert told Kaminsky. “Most of them do. But some of them are, you know, 16 and in high school. Luckily for me, some of them aren’t going back to school. They are doing some home school work. So I didn’t lose out on them as employees, and they are really fantastic.”

Colorado law bans juveniles from possessing a handgun. Exceptions (e.g., at a hunter’s safety course or on the premises of a parent, legal guardian, or grandparent) do not apply to a juvenile carrying a gun as part of a job serving “Ballistic Chicken” and “Smoking Gun” brisket at a place like Shooters Grill.

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As Democracy Burns, Where Do CO Republicans Stand on Trump?

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We have: 1) Trump refusing to say if he’ll leave office peacefully, 2) Trump on the ballot, and 3) candidates in some of Colorado’s most important state races not saying whether they support or oppose Trump.

For Colorado, that’s an unacceptable situation, right?

You’d think so, but when I call some GOP candidates in races that would hand major power in Colorado to the Trump-loving Republican Party, they hang up or don’t answer. I’m talking about important swing state Senate candidates like Lynn Gerber, Kevin Priola, and Suzanne Staiert; aspiring CU regent Richard Murray; and multiple state House candidates.

You can accuse me and the Colorado Times Recorder of having a progressive slant, and I’ll blow you a socially-distant kiss in return–as long as you help me find out what these candidates think of Trump.

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Some CO Republicans Are Still Hiding Their Stance on Trump

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I have yet to find a single Republican state lawmaker or candidate for state office in Colorado who’s said they won’t vote for Trump.

But even though Trump is the most import topic of the upcoming election, some Republicans—while not denouncing Trump—are refusing to say publicly if they are on the Trump train, apparently believing that if they do so, it will scare away voters in competitive districts.

When Trump was first elected in 2016, some Colorado Republicans stood up and opposed him. Even the now-Trump-loving leader of the Colorado Republican Party, U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, was once a never-Trumper. U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) didn’t vote for Trump, writing in Mike Pence instead.

But now Colorado Republicans have liked what they’ve seen during the past four years and have lined up behind the president.

But what’s up with the Republicans who won’t tell us where they stand on Trump.

The ones who are hiding their position on Trump, like state Sen. Kevin Priola of Adams County and state Senate candidate Suzanne Staiert of Arapahoe County, are running in competitive districts where Trump-hating younger, unaffiliated, and/or suburban voters could turn against candidates who support the president, according to multiple polls by the Republican-leaning pollster Magellan Strategies.

Below is list of Republicans in key races—and where they stand on Trump, if their position is known.

If you’re wondering about Democrats, I could find none who are refusing to say where they stand on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. They all support him.

I’ll be updating this post before the election. Please send missing information and updates to tips @ coloradotimesrecorder.com.

Candidates in Key Races Who Won’t Say if They Back Trump

Vanessa Warren-DeMott (House District 25, suburbs west of Denver). DeMott didn’t return a call seeking to know her stance on Trump.

Caroline Cornell (House District 37, Centennial area). Asked by CTR if she supports Trump, Cornell hung up the phone after saying, “I’m—I don’t—I’m afraid I have to get on another call right now. I’ll have to call you back.”

Lynn Gerber (Senate District 19, Jefferson County). Gerber didn’t return a call seeking to know her stance on Trump.

Richard Murray (University of Colorado Regent, Aurora area). “I don’t want to comment on the president,” Murray has said.

Vicki Pyne (House District 27, Arvada). Pyne didn’t return a call seeking to know her stance on Trump.

Kevin Priola (Senate District 25, Adams County). Priola did not return a call from the Colorado Times Recorder seeking his position on Trump. He “doesn’t want to talk about Trump,” according to The Denver Post.

Don Rosier (House District 37, Littleton/Evergreen). Rosier didn’t return a call seeking to know his stance on Trump.

Suzanne Staiert (Senate District 27, Arapahoe County). Staiert declined to tell the Colorado Times Recorder if she supports Trump, saying she’s “never been asked” the question by people during current the campaign.

GOP Office Holders in Key Races Backing Trump

U.S. SenCory Gardner. (Gardner once called Trump a “buffoon” and then said in 2016 he’d vote for him (after being asked seven times). Gardner eventually said he wouldn’t cast a ballot for Trump and voted for Pence. Now, he’s endorsed Trump.)

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck. (Buck led the “Never Trump” opposition at the 2016 Republican National Convention, before eventually accepting Trump as the nominee. He’s since become a fervent supporter.)

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn. Co-chair of Trump’s Colorado re-election campaign.

State Sen. Bob Rankin (Senate District 8, Northwester Colorado). Rankin was an early Trump supporter, endorsing him at a time when many Colorado Republicans were uncertain about the mogul.

Republican Legislative or Congressional Candidates Backing Trump

Congressional candidate Lauren Boebert (facing Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush)

Congressional candidate Steve House (challenging U.S. Rep. Jason Crow)

Congressional candidate Casper Stockham (challenging U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter)

Robert Blanken (House District 17, Colorado Springs). “As a Republican, I strongly support Donald Trump,” Blanken told the Colorado Times Recorder Monday, adding that the president “has made some errors in the ways he communicates” and Trump may have wanted rephrase or refrain from even discussing certain issues.” “I think he’s done a wonderful job,” he said.

Richard Champion (House District 38, Arapahoe County). Promoted his support of Trump during the campaign.

Marilyn Harris (House District 59, southern Colorado). Considered it a “great honor” to vote for Trump.

Bob Roth (Senate District 26, Arapahoe County). Says he supports the president.

Select Former GOP Officials Opposing Trump

Former leader of the Colorado Republican Party Ryan Call.

Former state House GOP Minority Leader Rep. Cole Wist.

Former state Rep. Victor Mitchell. “Donald Trump is a despicable human being,” Mitchell told the Colorado Times Recorder.

Former Elected Officials Backing Trump

Former CO Secretary of State Wayne Williams

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Neville Blames GOP Consultants for Demise of Colorado Republican Party

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Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R).

In announcing his decision not to seek re-election as the leader of Colorado’s House Republicans, state Rep. Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock) issued an unvarnished critique of the Colorado Republican Party.

His primary target: Republican consultants, who, says Neville, make millions of dollars and attack Republicans while going soft on Democrats.

RELATED: How Conservatives Lost Colorado.

Neville told KNUS morning-show host Peter Boyles Friday that won’t seek his leadership post so he can “get back, get closer to the grassroots, work with the grassroots; I think they’ve been ignored far too long.”

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Rankin Says He Was Joking About Blaming Trump

Colorado state Sen. Bob Rankin told The Denver Post’s Alex Burness last week that if he loses his state Senate seat in November “I’m going to blame Donald Trump.”

Asked Wednesday about his statement, Rankin told the Colorado Times Recorder that his comment to The Post was “perhaps an inappropriate attempt at humor.”

“The discussion was about the effect of the national issues on the state races, and I made an off-hand comment that, ‘Well, if I lose I guess I can blame Donald Trump, because of the overwhelming influence of national races.’ But I don’t believe that,” said Rankin.

Rankin was an early supporter of Trump, backing the candidate when other Colorado Republicans refused to do so, but he says he’s running on his “own merits” and doesn’t want to link himself to the president.

“I am running a race in which I intend to stand on my own merits, and I think Colorado’s issues are somewhat independent of the national issues and that we should run on our own merits and not tie ourselves to any specific national candidates,” said Rankin.

Rankin, who faces Democrat Karl Hanlon, declined the opportunity to speculate on how much Trump might influence the outcome of his race.

Rankin is not alone among Colorado Republicans, who are running in competitive races, in trying to claim independence from Trump while supporting the president.

Bob Roth, a former Aurora city councilman who’s challenging Democrat Jeff Bridges for a swing seat in Arapahoe County, openly backs Trump, saying the president is “doing the things he said he’d do.”

Roth doesn’t think Trump will have an impact on his race.

Like Roth, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who’s battling Democrat John Hickenlooper in a race that was expected to be close, hasn’t been shy about his support for Trump. Garder has tried to make the argument that his close relationship with the president is helpful to Colorado.

Some Republicans running in swing districts apparently want to stay so distant from Trump that they won’t tell voters whether they support the president at all.

One such candidate is Republican Richard Murray, who faces Democrat Ilana Spiegel for a swing seat on the University of Colorado Board of Regents.

Murray shares Rankin’s view that his local race should be separated from the national issues and candidates.

“I don’t want to comment on the president. I see it as separate and distinct from the CU Board of Regents,” Murray told Colorado Politics Reporter Earnest Luning. “The Board of Regents is charged with being the stewards of the flagship university in the state. It’ll be a race with its own issues and messaging, even though there’ll be a lot of noise in the news from other races on the ballot.”

Other Colorado Republicans who won’t say where they stand on Trump, apparently believing it will hurt them in their competitive races, include: Suzanne Staiert, who’s competing with Democrat Chris Kolker for a hotly contested Senate seat in the Arapahoe County area; Caroline Cornell, who’s challenging Democratic state Rep. Tom Sullivan for a Centennial House seat; and State Sen. Kevin Priola, who’s being challenged by Democrat Paula Dickerson for his Adams County state Senate seat.

Conversely, are there Republican state officeholders in Colorado–or GOP candidates in key state races–who have said they do not support Trump? Multiple searches could find no one, but some former Colorado lawmakers and party officials have broken with the president.

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Boebert Campaign Emails Landing in Spam Folders Due to ‘Nefarious’ Conspiracy, Says Boebert Spokeswoman

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Boebert for Congress commsperson Laura Carno.

Congressional candidate Lauren Boebert’s spokeswoman thinks “something nefarious” is causing Boebert campaign emails to be directed to the spam folders of people who have Gmail accounts.

Laura Carno, Boebert’s communications director, told a conservative radio show Tuesday that she’s heard from “dozens and dozens and dozens of people saying, ‘Hey, just so you know, I think my spam filter is moving all of Lauren’s messages to spam.'”

Carno, who uses Gmail “for the time being,” thinks this isn’t a function of normal spam email filtering but a targeted attack on conservatives, like Boebert.

“As I’ve looked at my own spam box and my email service, it’s the same thing,” Carno told KCOL’s Jimmy Lakey. “It’s all of the conservative stuff.”

Carno acknowledged on air that she doesn’t subscribe to many liberal email lists so she has a “slanted inbox to start with.”

Still, she’s convinced there’s a stealth tech attack targeting conservatives like her.

“Even when I go through and say this is not spam on GOP emails or campaign emails that I want to see, the next one that comes out goes straight to my spam,” she explained to Lakey, who told her his emails from the Colorado Republican Party also go to spam.

“So I think there’s something nefarious afoot,” Carno concludes.

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Cory Gardner to Address Conservative Activists “Via Video” on Saturday

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner will address a large gathering of conservative activists “via video” on Saturday, according to a spokeswoman for the event.

Normally, the Western Conservative Summit is billed as the largest gathering of conservatives outside of Washington DC and has attracted speakers ranging from Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. to Sarah Palin and Jeff Sessions, the former Alabama senator.

This year, the event, sponsored by Colorado Christian University, is being broadcast online, where it will be available for free to those who register. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The lineup of speakers and workshops has been pared down considerably from past years but still boasts some of the leading far-right conservative in the country, including Trump cabinet member and former GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson; another former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert, and Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, a conservative advocacy group.

Last year Gardner said at the event, “There’s no place I’d rather be than here with the largest gathering of conservatives in the Western U.S.”

In 2018, he took a shot at the media, saying, the “media is afraid” and “want us to fail.”

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, who died of COVID, is featured in a film to be unveiled at the event. It’s among the last interviews he conducted, according to event organizers.

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“I Even Got a Pretty Mugshot Out of It,” Says Boebert, Mocking Her Arrest

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Demonstrating no remorse for failing to show up for court multiple times, resulting in warrants being issued for her arrest, Colorado congressional candidate Lauren Boebert on Friday misrepresented and mocked her criminal arrest record, saying at one point, “And I even got a pretty mugshot out of it.”

Speaking at a campaign stop in Walsenburg, Boebert said her opponents are trying to “vilify” her over a traffic violation.

“I didn’t pay the ticket,” Boebert told the crowd of about 75 people, none of whom were wearing masks. “But I got it paid. One hundred dollars. And I even got a pretty mugshot out of it. Now that mug shot is being blasted everywhere to try to vilify me, to make me look like Colorado’s most wanted, while they are promoting defund-the-police organizations. [The crowd boos.] This is not right.” (Listen here at 8 min 50 sec.)

If fact, Boebert was not arrested in 2016 near Rifle for the traffic ticket she received for rolling her truck on a rural road, which is indeed not a serious infraction.

Instead, she was arrested for failing to show up for a court hearing. After her accident, she was given a ticket with a date for a mandatory hearing, which she skipped without informing the court.

Then she ignored the court’s pleas to schedule a new hearing or possibly even settle the matter simply by “contacting the court.”

After four months of waiting, the Garfield County court finally arrested Boebert, and she landed briefly in jail, where she was fingerprinted and the mugshot was taken. Later, after a court appearance, she paid a $100 fine and the matter was settled in 2017.

These facts don’t square with the “I-didn’t-pay-a-ticket” story she breezily told her fans at the rally Friday.

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Boebert Campaign Reportedly Knows of No Past-Due Liens, But Records Show Candidate Owes Colorado $19,000

The Denver Post’s Justin Wingerter first reported in July that tax liens totaling about $20,000 have been filed against congressional candidate Lauren Boebert’s restaurant, Shooters Grill, in the past four years–and that the “Boebert campaign said it is unaware of any past-due taxes or outstanding liens” against her diner.

But documents from the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s online files show that, while a portion of Boebert’s debts have indeed been paid, the Rifle Republican still owes about $19,000 for unemployment insurance, interest, and penalties.

The public record does not necessarily mean the leans are still outstanding, however. The state may not yet have posted “release” documents showing that the debts were paid.

Boebert’s campaign didn’t respond a request for receipts or other proof that the candidate has actually paid off the liens.

Boebert’s restaurant was hit with 8 liens since 2016 totally $21,841.33, according to public records. She paid $583.18, leaving $21,258.15, of which $18,999.36 is owed to the State of Colorado for unemployment insurance premiums, interest, and penalties. She owes another creditor the remaining money.

The $583.18 was paid in February, according to public records.

The information about the liens adds more details to a picture of Boebert’s struggles to keep her businesses above water. The Post reported that Shooters Grill lost $242,347 in 2018.

Rural Colorado United, a Political Action Committee formed by Pueblo residents Stephen Varela and George Autobee to educate voters about Boebert, referenced the liens in a news release today.

Rural Colorado United distributed a tweet in which Boebert wrote, “When are they releasing Nancy Pelosi’s taxes? We want to see all the itemized ice cream!”

The group called on Boebert to release her tax returns.

Correction: Boebert accumulated 8, not 18, liens since 2016.

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Trump Campaign Included Proud Boys in Political Ad, Released After CO Springs Rally

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Last night may have been the first time Trump addressed the Proud Boys directly, telling the white nationalist group during the debate to, “Stand back and stand by.”

But after a rally in Colorado Springs in February, the Trump campaign released a two-minute ad that briefly showed a partial, but unmistakable, image of a Proud Boy at the rally, as Trump says in the ad, “And ladies and gentlemen, the best is yet to come.”

Another image in the ad, titled, “Stronger,” can be seen very briefly earlier in the ad.

The images show a yellow jacket worn by about a dozen Proud Boys who attended the event, which drew a total of about 10,000 people both inside and outside the Broadmoor Arena. The jackets state “Proud Boy,” and images and colors match clothes for sale on a Proud Boy website.

Proud Boy image in February Trump ad.

Efforts by the Colorado Times Recorder to find out if the image of the Proud Boys was intentionally included in the ad were not successful, but the image itself clearly shows the arms, jacket, and hat of a Proud Boy in attendance.

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Health Expert Says Boebert Campaign “Stoking Mistrust” of “Heroes” Who Work in Public Health

In response to her stance against public health orders and her campaign events that do not follow social distancing recommendations, Colorado congressional candidate Lauren Boebert is being called a COVID-backlash candidate. And she’s embracing the label, calling it “Trump-esque,” in a good way.

But a Colorado public health expert says Boebert’s response to COVID is “stoking mistrust” of public health workers, who should be considered “heroes” for “grinding it out, trying to help their communities get through this pandemic.”

“The worst of it is stoking mistrust of public health authorities, who are just doing their best to try to come to grips with a pandemic,” says Matthew Wynia, a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, referring to Boebert’s response to COVID-19. “The people in public health departments around the state and around the country are suffering terribly right now. They are working enormous long hours at little pay with no glory. They are getting threatened by people now from campaigns like hers, her supporters, who are calling them Nazis. And that’s the worst of it. These are heroes, who are grinding it out, trying to help their communities get through this pandemic.”

“She may not like the rules,” said Wynia. “But we have ways to change the rules, right? That’s what makes us a democracy, is that we actually have ways to say, ‘I disagree with this rule.’ And she, by the way, is pursuing that by running for office. Great. She should do that. But in the meantime, she should not encourage people to disobey the rule, when it puts other people at risk.”

Multiple events by Boebert over the past month appear to violate statewide public health recommendations.

And one indoor event, an Aug. 31 fundraiser in Aspen, with U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, violated state rules, resulting in the Pitkin County health department issuing a warning to Boebert’s campaign.

Boebert (with McCarthy) at her fundraiser that violated health rules.

Wynia said events like the Aspen fundraiser could be putting public health at risk.

“To the extent that these are rules that make sense from a public health standpoint, and she is flouting them, she is putting pubic health at risk,” said Wynia. “Now, will there be an outbreak as a result of her doing this? That’s a lot harder to say. Someone will have to come to one of her events who is infected, probably without knowing it, and we may never find that out, because there is enough transmission going on in our community right now that someone who went to one of her events wouldn’t necessarily know that that’s where they got infected.”

Aspen Fundraiser (Boebert on left)

Other outdoor events show little respect for social distancing.

For example, Boebert appeared at an Aug. 29 meet-and-greet in Montrose, with U.S. Reps. Ken Buck (R-CO) and Andy Biggs (R-AZ), with a large crowd of people, mostly without masks.

An outdoor event in Mesa County Sept. 6 shows a similar lack of concern for distancing.

Boebert event in Montrose, CO.

“The role of government is to inform us of the risk, and then let us decide; let us choose what we are going to do,” said Boebert in a speech at a Sept. 14 campaign stop. “For instance, I know darn well, I’ve been told my whole life, the risks of eating raw cookie dough. I never want the government to come in and tell me what to do with my cookie dough. That is not the proper role. I know the risk and I’ll take it.”

A Sept. 6 Boebert event in Mesa County, CO

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In the bigger picture, Wynia says Boebert’s stance against public health orders shows a misunderstanding of Boebert’s own “belief system.”

Wynia explains: “What’s she’s saying is, ‘I’m a libertarian. Freedom is very important, and the government shouldn’t force us to do things for our own good.’ That’s fine, but this is not a nanny-state activity.

“You can take every risk you want. But you’re not taking a risk when you are not wearing a mask. You are imposing a risk on others.”

“Libertarians presumably believe in stop signs and speed limits,” says Wynia. “They are considered legitimate under libertarian philosophy because they prevent harm to others.”

“Libertarians believe there should be rules. But thoughtless libertarians think the rules don’t apply to them.”

But Boebert, whose campaign didn’t return an email seeking comment, says the virus is being used to seize control.

“As the virus has shown us, they want to take away small businesses, the lifeline of our country, the heartbeat of America,” said Boebert at the Sept. 14 campaign stop. “They want to tell you where you can shop, when you can shop there, what time of day, how old you have to be at that time to be there, and certainly what you have to wear.”

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Some CO Republicans in Key Races Are Hiding Their Stance on Trump

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Multiple Colorado Republicans in swing districts won’t say anything about what’s arguably the most important topic of the November election: Donald Trump.

State House candidate Caroline Cornell is one such Republican.

Asked by the Colorado Times Recorder if she supports Trump, Cornell hung up the phone after saying, “I’m—I don’t—I’m afraid I have to get on another call right now. I’ll have to call you back.”

Cornell, who’s challenging Democrat Tom Sullivan in a swing state House district in the Centennial area, didn’t return the call.

Republican Suzanne Staiert, who faces Democrat Chris Kolker in one of the most competitive state senate races of the year, didn’t want to talk about Trump either–even though her stance on him, like Cornell’s, could not be found in multiple searches.

“What do you say when people ask you whether you support Trump,” I asked Staiert.

“I’ve never been asked,” she replied.

“Do you?” I asked.

“I’m not going to talk to you. I don’t consider you an actual newspaper,” she said, without saying if she thought it was a legitimate question.

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Suzanne Staiert Scrubs Campaign Website of Info About Her Partisan GOP Background

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In an apparent effort to give herself a nonpartisan shine, Suzanne Staiert, who’s running for a critical state senate seat in Arapahoe County, has scrubbed information about her partisan background from her campaign website.

In one notable change in the last month, Staiert removed a statement from her website boasting, “Suzanne is already trying to keep Hickenlooper accountable in her work as the prosecutor on his ethics charge.”

Earlier this year, as director of the Public Trust Institute, a conservative advocacy group, Staiert was the lead attorney in a complaint against Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate, over alleged ethics issues.

The minor allegations, two of which were affirmed, were set in motion by dark-money-funded Republicans and formed the basis for a major TV attack campaign against Hickenlooper by his opponent, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), and outside groups, including a conservative organization called Unite for Colorado. Staiert is the lawyer for United for Colorado, which also provided money for Staiert’s state senate campaign, triggering a campaign finance complaint against Staiert.

But despite her deep ties to the GOP campaign against Hickenlooper, and its high-profile use in Colorado’s Senate campaign, Staiert scrubbed her campaign website of any mention of her leading role in the effort. There’s now no mention of the name “Hickenlooper” on her entire website.

In place of the Hickenlooper information is content that reads, in part, “Person over party. Suzanne will fight for her constituents, not partisan politics.”

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McConnell: Gardner Is Likely To Be “Key Vote” That Gets Supreme Court Nominee “Across the Finish Line”

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Mitch McConnell, Cory Gardner.

In an email to supporters this morning, U.S. Senate leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky wrote that Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner will “likely be a key vote that gets [Trump’s Supreme Court] nominee across the finish line when she comes up for a vote.”

Then McConnell asked for a donation to help Gardner win his November race against Democrat John Hickenlooper, so that Republicans will maintain control of the U.S. Senate.

McConnell wrote:

“Cory Gardner made a huge announcement Monday night. Cory will be sticking with the Majority and supporting President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Cory will likely be a key vote that gets the nominee across the finish line when she comes up for a vote. But..the fight doesn’t stop once our nominee is on the Court. That’s just the beginning. Chuck Schumer has vowed that ‘nothing is off the table’ if they win the Majority in 2020. Court-packing, eliminating the filibuster, eliminating the Second Amendment, and any other radical idea Chuck dreams up will all be in play next year if we don’t defend our Majority. That’s why I’m asking you to support Cory Gardner today, and help us defend the Senate Majority this fall. There’s too much at stake….. Donate today to save the Republican Senate Majority!”

Gardner made it clear he will support a “qualified” Trump nominee for the Supreme Court.

“When a President exercises constitutional authority to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court vacancy, the Senate must decide how to best fulfill its constitutional duty of advice and consent,” wrote Gardner in a statement Monday. “I have and will continue to support judicial nominees who will protect our Constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law. Should a qualified nominee who meets this criteria be put forward, I will vote to confirm.”

RELATED: Mitch McConnell Video Urges Republicans to “Step Up” for Cory Gardner

Democrats, who have criticized Gardner for his close ties to McConnell, blasted Gardner for refusing to even meet with Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court in 2016.

“I think we’re too close to the election. The president who is elected in November should be the one who makes this decision,” Gardner said at the time.

“We are deep in the heart of a political campaign, a divisive election, a divisive president, who has done nothing but overreached Congress time and time again,” Gardner added.

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Let Boebert Grow Up, Say Her Defenders. But Read the Report of Arresting Officer and See What You Think

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Colorado congressional candidate Lauren Boebert continues to downplay the seriousness of her history of arrests, saying they resulted in minor fines and charges.

That’s true, but it’s the circumstances around her arrests that continue to cause Boebert trouble in her campaign. See billboard below.

For example, there’s the fact that she could have avoided two of her arrests if she’d just shown up in court, or possibly even sent a letter to the courthouse.

But she just ignored the requests of the justice system until it was forced to take mug shots of her that never needed to be taken.

Then there’s her behavior that got her one court date that she later ignored. At the Country Jam music festival in 2015, as first reported by Colorado Newsline, she yelled at police, claimed arresting officers would be hearing from her “friends” and Fox News, and tried to encourage juveniles to flee police custody at the scene, causing them to become “unruly,” and more, according to the police report.

Boebert says it’s a lot of hubbub over nothing.

And Boebert’s defenders add that she should be allowed to grow up and change.

“People are allowed to change and to grow up — whatever,” Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario, who’s endorsed Boebert, told the Colorado Sun about the arrests.

You want to let people grow up and change. But at the time of her music festival arrest, Boebert was 28 years old. Why didn’t she know better? What happened to her five years ago?

But I’ll leave it to you to decide if Boebert’s behavior, as described by police below in 2015, should be dismissed as youthful exuberance for a 28-year-old woman–or as irrelevant because charges were dismissed.

Or does Boebert owe the public more of an explanation than she’s given?

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With a Supreme Court Seat Now Open, Will Gardner Argue for Delay, As He Did Four Years Ago?

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The Colorado Times Recorder is re-posting this piece, published on the four-year anniversary of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, in light of the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Exactly four years ago today, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in his sleep at a Texas ranch.

About an hour after Scalia’s death was confirmed, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) told startled reporters that the “American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice” and “therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

Five days later, on Feb. 18, 2016, Colorado’s Republican Senator, Cory Gardner, agreed with McConnell that the appointment of a new Supreme Court Justice should be delayed until after the 2016 presidential election, which was later won by Trump.

Gardner told fellow conservative Dan Caplis, who was on KNUS radio at the time:

GARDNER: “Again, I think we’re too close to the election. The president who is elected in November should be the one who makes this decision.”

“We are deep in the heart of a political campaign, a divisive election, a divisive president, who has done nothing but overreached Congress time and time again,” he added.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s well-known health problems appear to be at bay for now, but the question arises of what Gardner would do this time around if Ginsburg’s or another seat became vacant.

Gardner’s office did not return a call seeking comment, but in interviews at the time, he pointed to Democrats who’d made similar arguments about delaying confirmation of a Justice.

If Gardner follows the same logic of his arguments in 2016, he’d again call for delay.

Back in 2016, Gardner went on to join McConnell and other Republicans in denying Merrick Garland, Barack Obama’s choice to replace Scalia, even the opportunity for a hearing before the Senate.

In fact, Gardner refused to meet Garland at all.

On March 16, 2016, even before Obama finished introducing Garland to the country, Gardner issued a statement that “our next election is too soon and the stakes are too high; the American people deserve a role in the process as the next Supreme Court justice will influence the direction of this country for years to come.” In 2016, Gardner’s refusal to meet with Garland earned Gardner a personal rebuke from Obama.

“Sen. Gardner has not been doing his job as a senator,” Obama told The Gazette in a short interview after the Air Force Academy graduation. “He is perfectly free after having met with Judge Garland to conclude that ‘this is not somebody that I am going to vote for.'”

“If we start getting to the point where the Senate operates in such a partisan manner that even someone like Merrick Garland can’t get the courtesy of a hearing and a vote, then that’s going to start breaking down the system to the point where we can’t get any judges confirmed,” he said. “Our system of justice is going to break down, and that’s going to have consequences for all of us.”

After Obama left office, Trump nominees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were confirmed for Supreme Court positions.

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Former CO GOP House Leader, Former Chair of CO Republican Party Back Biden

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Former Colorado GOP chairman Ryan Call.

Former Colorado Republican Chair Ryan Call, along with former Republican House leader Cole Wist, are supporting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Last week, Ryan Call joined Republicans and Independents for Biden, organized by the Lincoln project, a group founded by anti-Trump Republicans.

Wist discussed his support for Biden on the Craig Silverman Show podcast Saturday, saying Trump is “not a conservative.”

Asked what his breaking point for Trump was, Wist talked about Charlottesville, where a protester was killed by neo-Nazis.

“Charlottesville was, I think, a turning point for a lot of folks, because what it suggested was that this president was more interested in stirring the pot and dividing the country, rather than trying to appeal to unity to bring the country together.”

“We needed to say loud and clear after Charlottesville that bigotry is not welcome in the Republican Party,” Wist told Silverman.

Wist, who was assistant GOP house minority leader from 2016 and 2018, voted for Trump in 2016, he said, because he hoped Trump would “rise to the occasion.”

“I think a lot of people are leaving the party because they don’t believe that the standard-bearer of party represents their values,” he said.

Former Republican State Rep. Cole Wist.

Wist said the risks of four more years of Trump are unacceptable to him, including the risk of more division, more racial tension, less fiscal discipline. He also cited Trump’s lack of respect for the Constitution, separation of powers, and congressional authority.

The risks of a Democratic president are less, he said, calling Biden a moderate.

“Most importantly to me, [Biden is] a person who’s a decent, fine man,” said Wist, who has “no desire to be a Democrat.”

Reached by phone today, Call, who served twice as Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, declined comment.

Both Wist and Call spoke out against Republican efforts last year to recall Democratic lawmakers in Colorado.

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