Buck Says Steve House Would Be His GOP State Party CEO

If elected later this month to lead the Colorado Republican Party, U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) would hand over the day-to-day strategic duties of the Republican Party to former Colorado GOP leader Steve House.

House, who resigned as GOP leader in 2016, would stand in for Buck as needed, and would, among other things run the “day to day operations of the party including working with county parties on development of plans and programs,” according to a memo sent by Buck to fellow Republicans, explaining how he would both serve as U.S. Congressman and leader of the Colorado GOP.

In addition to House as “Chief Executive Officer (CEO),” Buck would select an as-yet-unnamed “executive director” who would, among other things, be responsible for “daily operations of the [Colorado Republican Party] including but not limited to, accounting, bill paying, statutory meeting and assembly setup, and support of funding raising efforts as needed,” according to the memo.

House’s selection as possible CEO carries with it the ironic twist that House was nearly deposed by fellow Republicans Cynthia Coffman, Becky Mizel, and Tom Tancredo in 2015 in part, it appeared, for not selecting Ted Harvey to serve as executive director under him when he led the GOP. The incident included accusations of blackmail.

Buck’s memo states:

I choose to stand in service of my country and my party and to do so requires that I surround myself with great people so that we can be successful. I choose to do it because it must be done, not for my sake, but for our children’s sake and for their futures [emphasis is Buck’s].

If elected Chairman of the Colorado Republican Committee (CRC) I will utilize a new strategy for running the party that will lead to improved election performance at all levels in the state of Colorado. The CRC has had mixed performance on its primary objective of supporting Republican candidates in winning elections.

This organizational plan is not simply a change for 2020 but a change I recommend for all subsequent election cycles. Political organizations like the Republican Governors Association, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the National Republican Congressional Committee operate the way I am proposing by having an elected official lead the organization with a primary focus on fundraising and then have senior staff run the day to day operations.

It appears that the GOP executive committee, meeting this weekend, must approve Buck’s propose changes.

Buck’s new plan comes as GOP leaders are arguing about the reasons for the GOP’s “mixed performance” in the last election, as Buck gently put it in his memo.

Former State Sen. Tim Neville (R-Littleton) was more blunt last month, calling the 2018 election work “some of the worst” he’s seen.

For his part, House, who once ran for governor, has been on conservative radio shows this week criticizing some the spending priorities and campaign tactics used by Republicans in the November election.

Speaking to guest host Randy Corporon on KNUS 710-AM Tuesday, House said he doesn’t believe that media advertising of the past will work today.

“Research was done in September of 2017 showing that media – especially television and mail media – are almost ineffective,” House told Corporon on air. “Seventy-one percent of people who see your TV ad can’t vote for you or wouldn’t vote for you. [Of] the other 29 percent, only a small fraction actually have their minds to be made up. Yet we spend blizzards of money on it. The same thing [pertains] on mail.”

Neville has criticized how outside Republican groups (The Senate Majority Fund, under Andy George; and the Colorado Economic Leadership Fund; as well as the GOP’s Independent Expenditure Committee) spent GOP funds in state senate races in 2018.

On air, House agreed with some of Neville’s criticisms.

“I mean, if you sat down with Tim Neville and looked at what was done in his district from multiple groups on the outside. I mean, 104 mailers [were sent]; a lot of them didn’t have common messaging,” said House, adding that the GOP losses had nothing to do with Trump.

“They just weren’t right. You can’t win by sitting back and hoping that the media is going to carry your message. You’ve got to go out and deliver it.  And you’ve got to have people identified that you’re going to give it to. And that’s where we’ve fallen short. And that’s why it’s so urgent that we get something started now for the 2020 election.”

House told Corporon that he continued working for the state party after he was replaced by Jeff Hays in 2016.

“I was actually in charge of – for quite some time, most of the last cycle – the fundraising effort for the Republican Party Independent Expenditure Committee,” said House on air, referring to the state GOP’s soft-side fundraising arm. “I think we raised around $3.8 to $3.9 million toward the 2018 elections. So, my daily life did involve, you know, donors, fundraising, pitching concepts and candidates across the state during that two year period when Jeff was Chair, as well.”

In another KNUS interview Thursday, on the Chuck and Julie Show, Steve House called in to object to accusations that House spent the Republican Party Independent Expenditure Committee’s (IEC) money on allegedly inept GOP consultants.

House said he didn’t make funding decisions for the IEC. The decisions on which GOP consultants to hire were made by the board of the IEC, which House did not sit on.

Asked by host Chuck Bonniwell if the IEC hired Clear Creek Strategies or EIS, House replied that IEC board chose Purple State, which was run by Andy George and Kelly Maher.

Co-host Julie Hayden, a former Fox 31 Denver reporter, pointed out that this looked the same as Clear Creek Strategies and Andy George.

This was confirmed later in the show when guest George Athanasopoulos pointed out that the GOP IEC paid Clear Creek Strategies over $750,000, according to state campaign finance records.

House later told me the issue for him is more about what gets done, not who does it.

“I’m a fairly large donor myself,” said House. “I think I spend over $40,000 in donations myself during the last cycle. I don’t want that money to go into the pockets of people who don’t have a pay-for-performance type plan or have a track record of winning. You know, if you are gong to give people money, you might as well burn it or give it to charity.”

“My take on it in the last cycle was, we needed to be using digital more,” House said. “If you look at the data..there are a very small number of people are what you’d call a persuadable-Unaffiliated voter. Most Unaffiliated voters know what they want. Some of them are persuadable on an issue. But the best way to get to them is not to run a TV ad or send them a hundred mail pieces. It’s talking to them or engaging them, or more importantly, engaging them on an issue that’s really important to them. And then they will stand up and take notice. Those are the kind of changes that have to be made. I think the Democrats did a much better job of it than we did. And clearly, we are going to recognize that and make some changes.”


Memo from Ken Buck to members of the Colorado Republican Party Executive Committee.

People ask me why I want to lead the Colorado Republican Committee, why I would take on two jobs and how I could do that while supporting my constituents in both roles.

Let me start by quoting Thomas Paine who said: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of this country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

I choose to stand in service of my country and my party and to do so requires that I surround myself with great people so that we can be successful. I choose to do it because it must be done, not for my sake, but for our children’s sake and for their futures.

If elected Chairman of the Colorado Republican Committee (CRC) I will utilize a new strategy for running the party that will lead to improved election performance at all levels in the state of Colorado. The CRC has had mixed performance on its primary objective of supporting Republican candidates in winning elections.

This organizational plan is not simply a change for 2020 but a change I recommend for all subsequent election cycles. Political organizations like the Republican Governors Association, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the National Republican Congressional Committee operate the way I am proposing by having an elected official lead the organization with a primary focus on fundraising and then have senior staff run the day to day operations.

The duty of the Chairman is to win elections and accomplish this objective by modifying the party structure and attracting a team of great people as outlined below.

My organization Plan:

The State Party’s role in winning elections in Colorado requires that the Chairman focus on raising money to support programs including:

    • Voter Registration and Voter Identification
    • Republican oriented messaging and defining our opponents
    • Turnout work to get voters engaged
    • Volunteer program development and performance
    • Statutory requirements must be completed.

To accomplish these goals and to improve our performance, I believe we need to add a support structure to the party that includes a volunteer CEO to run the day to day operations of the party and other targeted outreach groups as shown on the organizational chart included.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Chairman – Congressman Ken Buck

  • Reports to the executive committee and by extension to the State Central Committee. Primary roles and responsibilities include raising money into the State Party accounts and into the IEC to achieve objectives and meet the requirements agreed upon with the Executive Committee per party bylaws.
  • Messaging through the support of the communications director on a daily weekly and monthly basis to insure performance.
  • Establish goals, timelines and metrics for the CEO and staff.
  • Hold monthly meetings to monitor progress, re-evaluate goals, and allocate resources.

CEO – Steve House

House is the former CRC State Chairman, Adams County Chairman, business owner, and consultant. Steve House and all outreach and social media directors will functions as volunteers.

  • Reports to the Chairman and is governed by all CRC bylaws regardless of the fact that this role is not defined in the bylaws.
  • Runs the day to day operations of the party including working with county parties on development of plans and programs.
  • Works with new county chairman to develop them and their county strategy.
  • Supports fund raising in coordination with the Chairman and specifically is responsible for digital, mail, and low dollar fund raising.
  • Interfaces with RNC ground operations and supports candidates across all offices in the state including federal candidates as needed.
  • Insures that all statutory requirements of the party are completed fully and on time.
  • Works with targeted precinct leaders in critically important areas in support of their county leadership and candidates.
  • Attends functions in the absence of the Chairman whenever necessary.
  • Works with Vice Chairman and Secretary on development of their role and responsibilities.
  • Interfaces with the executive committee as needed.
  • Works with all appointed committees on behalf of the Chairman.

Executive Director

  1. Reports to the CEO and indirectly to the Chairman and to the Treasurer.
  2. Responsible for daily operations of the CRC including but not limited to, accounting, bill paying, statutory meeting and assembly setup, and support of funding raising efforts as needed.
  3. Develop training manuals for County leadership and volunteer programs.
  4. Interface with the State Director of the RNC and manage communications processes through the RNC State Communications Director.
  5. Prepares all statutory documentation and reporting for the Secretary of State and the executive committee as required.
  6. Supports the Vice Chairman and State Secretary as required.

Communications Director

  1. Position to be paid by the RNC but would coordinate all communications from the State Chairman to the media.
  2. Monitors communication from the democrat party and all their candidates and elected officials.
  3. Consults with the RNC, Federal Candidates, and the Presidential campaign to insure message cohesion and discipline.


  1. Reports to the Chairman and works closely with the CEO and the Executive Committee.
  2. Performs all statutory duties as required.

Committees — The following committees will be included but do not have individuals named in most cases.

  • Finance Committee – Will be co-chaired by a highly respected man and woman with a business background and fundraising experience. Team will have 4-6 individuals to support fund raising and reports directly to the Chairman.
  • Outreach Committee – Will be led by a director to be chosen and its’ primary function is to identify, register and engage targeted voters to support Republican candidates.
  • Social Media Committee – Will be led by a director and include a team of individuals to coordinate with the Communications director, CEO, and Chairman to engage a broad spectrum of voters and donors through social media interaction.

I will continue to refine this Organizational Plan, recruit the best talent and develop goals as we approach the March 30 meeting.

Your feedback is essential for our success.

Please feel free to contact me… Thank you for your support and encouragement.

For Colorado,

Ken Buck


Gardner’s Stance On North Korea Appears To Evolve As his Relationship With Trump Changes

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President Trump and Sen. Cory Gardner.

It appears that Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner’s stance on North Korea evolves in different directions due to political, rather than national security, considerations.

When he was in full attack mode against Obama, Gardner took the hardest of hard-line stances on North Korea, denouncing a minor move by the Obama Administration, under its “strategic patience” approach, to communicate with the North Korea regime.

Then, as he cozied up to Trump, Gardner flipped and supported the president’s gentler approach, culminating in a summit.

Now, as he’s facing a tough re-election bid and he’s trying to both embrace and repel the president a bit more, Gardner is returning to a hard line stance.

Trump, Gardner, and Domestic Politics

About a year ago, when Trump announced a summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Gardner, who was wooing Trump as he led the GOP’s campaign to elect Republican U.S. senators, welcomed Trump’s summit, saying it was a “certainly a positive move” for Trump to enter into talks with North Korea, even if it should be taken with a big grain of salt.

That raised eyebrows from national security wonks, because back in 2016 Gardner said he was “extremely” disappointed with Obama for reportedly engaging in low-level talks with North Korea without insisting on “tough” preconditions, like ending its nuclear missile program. And soon after Trump was elected, Gardner had warned against any talks without preconditions.

Gardner’s never explained why his stance on North Korea had morphed into a softer approach.



Gardner Criticized Obama for “Circumvention of Congress”

Senator Cory Gardner (R-Yuma)

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Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), who’s currently deciding whether he supports Trump’s national-emergency declaration, once opposed an Obama action because Gardner thought it represented an unacceptable abuse of power by the president.

Gardner voted to block Obama’s 2014 DACA initiative protecting “Dreamers” from deportation.

Gardner said at the time that he voted against Obama’s DACA program because he wanted “to condemn the President’s circumvention of Congress,” but he still wanted to find a solution for the Dreamers, who’ve been brought to the U.S. as children and know no other country, besides America, as home.

Fox 31 Denver’s Eli Stokols reported in 2014:

Gardner immediately released a statement following the vote [against DACA], explaining that he opposes the president’s unilateral action but not comprehensive immigration reform overall.
“Recently, the President issued an executive order that circumvented Congress and asserted power he previously said he doesn’t have,” Gardner said in the statement. “Today the House voted on a bill to condemn the President’s circumvention of Congress.

So today, Gardner favors building a border wall, and may support extreme presidential action to get it done. In 2014, Gardner said he supported the Dreamers but opposed Obama’s DACA policy.

A call to Gardner’s office seeking to know why he saw DACA as an unacceptable circumvention of Congress, while he doesn’t necessarily see Trump’s emergency declaration the same way, was not returned.

What’s the difference between Obama’s executive action on DACA and Trump’s?

In short, Obama’s move was well within bounds set by previous presidents, while Trump’s national emergency goes beyond anything seen in America. It’s not known if it’s legal, but it’s an outlier in terms of asserting presidential power.



Radio Host Kaminsky Says GOP “Basically” Lied about Overdose-Prevention Program

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One of Colorado’s top Republicans is crediting conservative radio station KNUS for being instrumental in stopping a program aimed at saving the lives of drug addicts.

But another conservative host at a competing radio station is calling out Colorado Republicans for “basically” lying in an effort to “turn people against” safe injection sites, where addicts can use street-purchased drugs under the supervision of medical personnel.

“I saw an email that was going around from the Republican Party in the state of Colorado…that was exceptionally misleading in the data that they used to try to turn people against Safe Injection Sites,” said KHOW 630-AM morning host Ross Kaminsky Feb. 20. “But basically, they lied to do it. So that bothers me.”

Kaminsky, a Libertarian, said on air that he pays “very, very close attention” to “making sure data is properly used and read the proper way.”

The radio host didn’t say which specific GOP email he was referring to, but Colorado Republican Party sent an email Feb. 4 promoting what turned out to be an extremely misleading presentation on safe injection sites with speakers from KNUS 710-AM,

The GOP email stated:

  • Since Vancouver’s first injection site in 2003, British Columbia’s overdose deaths have increased by more than 725%.
  • Overdose deaths of British Columbians 10 – 18 years old are up 260%.
  • The number of heroin users in Vancouver is up from 4,700 overall in 2000 to over 7,300 at just one of the six injection sites in 2017.

“And one of the things that – unfortunately – the state GOP sent out was something saying – among other things –that there was a huge increase in overdose deaths in Vancouver after the Safe Injection Site was opened in 2003. And if you just read that literally, it’s true: there was a huge spike in overdose deaths after 2003 when this site was opened. The thing is, it wasn’t immediately after 2003. There wasn’t a huge spike in overdose deaths until, like, 2011, at least. So, when this site opened in 2003, there was no noticeable change in overdose deaths for the entire state of British Columbia […] for quite a few years.”

In an email to a listener, Kaminsky agreed with experts who say the spike in overdose deaths is due to the use of Fentanyl from China. He cited overdose data and wrote:

Kaminsky: “So it’s true that deaths are way up since 2003. But they were not up in any significant way from 2003 to 2010. So attributing the increase to SIS is a lie. Furthermore, heroin use is up everywhere in recent years.”

On his Next with Kyle Clark Show Feb. 19, 9News anchor Kyle Clark asked Colorado’s Republican House Minority Leader, Patrick Neville, about the data that Neville and other Republicans had been using in their anti-SIS campaign.



Neville Says Election Work by GOP Groups Was “Some of the Worst” He’s Seen

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Former State Sen. Tim Neville (R-Littleton) blames his loss in November’s election, in part, on “some of the worst execution” he’s seen by fellow Republicans who ran separate campaigns in support of Neville.

Emphasizing that he did the “things a candidate can do,” Neville told KNUS Saturday that outside groups launched ineffective advertising and messaging campaigns, including lousy mailers.

“It was extremely frustrating as a candidate to watch these [mailers] hit and have people call me and say, ‘Why are we getting all these mailers. They’ve got beauty shots of all your opponents on them. What’s going on?'” Neville told KNUS host Randy Corporon, saying it would have been illegal for him to tell the Senate Majority Fund and Colorado independent expenditure committees to bug off. [listen below]

On the radio, Neville named the Senate Majority Fund in particular, which until recently had been run by Andy George of Clear Creek Strategies. New Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert replaced George with former GOP state party spokesman Daniel Cole last week.

In addition to the Senate Majority Fund, the Colorado Economic Leadership Fund and the Colorado Republican Committee IE, among others, also spent money on Neville’s behalf.

Neville pointed to one mailed advertisement that was “apparently bankrolled by Colorado Concern, Mike Kopp’s group.” The deceptive mailer was paid for by an independent expenditure committee called the Business Opportunity Fund, with major money from Larry Mizel of MDC Holdings.

“It has a big picture, and it says Neville and Hickenlooper, working together for Colorado’s economy,” complained Neville on air, saying he got complaints that he was making it look like he was endorsed by Hickenlooper.

Neville contrasted the election work of Colorado Concern, the Senate Majority Fund, and other GOP groups with that of his son, Joseph Neville, who conducted independent campaigns (via Values First Colorado, Coloradans for Secure Borders and the Colorado Liberty PAC) in support of GOP candidates running for the state house.

Joseph Neville, who came under recent attack for his campaign decisions, manages the consulting company Rearden Strategic.

“I’m definitely proud of Joseph, and what he did and what he does to help candidates–and to effectively do things,” said Tim Neville, also praising his other son, Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville of Castle Rock, for “definitely fighting the good fight.”

Tim Neville, whose election loss helped Democrats take over Colorado state government, believes his campaign did everything it could do to win on the fundraising and mobilization side, saying he personally knocked on 18,000 doors, he said, and his campaign knocked on 25,000.

Neville did not reserve his criticism to fellow Republicans.

He was particularly upset at attacks from allies of Democrats that portrayed him as raking in big money from oil-and-gas interests, which also supported groups allied with Democrats.

“We don’t live in fancy houses and gated communities,” Neville told Corporon.

“Those that know me know pretty much how we live and how hard we work and what we do and how we serve the community,” said Neville.

As for future elections, Neville said Republicans need to improve their ground game and make sure they know where their donations are going, “before they give money.”



Gardner’s Hail Mary: Please, Colorado, Start Liking Trump

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Senator Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) has one dim path to retaining his seat in next year’s election: Hope like heck that President Trump becomes popular in Colorado.

Oh, there’s another way too: if Trump isn’t on the 2020 ballot, but let’s just call that impossible.

But who would deny that there’s a chance, even if it’s minuscule, that Trump’s fortunes could start to rise? It could happen.

And Gardner knows it.

That’s why he was on KNUS radio last week saying:

Gardner: “We’ve got to make sure we have an opportunity for the American people to get to like the president. And I think they like his policies. I think they do.”

People like Trump’s policies? On Healthcare? Taxes? Environment? Mostly not, actually.

But in some of the most depressing news in months, polls showed more people thought favorably of Trump after his State of the Union Address speech Feb. 5.

And 57 percent of independent voters who watched the speech had a very positive view of it—along with 87 percent of Republicans.

Speech watchers tilted conservative but still.

And what if Trump took the hint and started acting like someone more people could actually like?

Gardner’s not waiting for Trump to change. The Colorado Republican has already made it clear how much he likes the president.

Immediately after November’s election, Gardner said he’d “like to see the president come to Colorado.”

Then last month, Gardner endorsed Trump’s 2020 re-election bid.

Some political observers were so stunned by Gardner’s endorsement of Trump that they speculated Gardner might be setting himself up to drop out of the race for a “high dollar” private-sector job.

But if Gardner has shown Colorado one thing, it is that he’s as savvy as it gets when it comes to supporting personhood, I mean, when it comes to winning elections.



Buck Amps Up The Extremism During Campaign To Be State GOP Chair

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Rep. Ken Buck (R).

To get a sense of just how deep the partisan divide goes in Colorado, take a look at Ken Buck, who’s running in an obscure election to lead the Colorado Republican Party.

Buck is already known nationally as a leader of the U.S. House Freedom Caucus, a group of the most conservative Congresspeople, unafraid to drive fellow conservatives nuts with their ideological stands on immigration, healthcare, guns, and more.

In recent days, Buck is speaking up here in Colorado, apparently hoping Republican voters are listening.

Buck is adamantly opposing legislation that would require criminal background checks when you transfer a gun to non-family member, even if you know the person (family members are excluded).

Bucks says this wouldn’t allow a priest from seeing “someone that might hurt himself and [saying], ‘Give me that gun.'”

But, Buck objects, the law would stop a foster parent from giving his or her foster child a gun.

Ironic, says Buck, because Democratic policies have “caused the breakdown of the family in this country.”

“And those people that are really suffering as a result of Democratic policies — the War on Poverty has created more poverty – that those people (foster children) that are suffering as a result of Democratic policies now, are going to be prosecuted under this law,” Buck told KHOW’s Krista Kafer.

“Democrats’ hypocrisy knows no bounds!”

Buck likes to talk about hypocrisy. He’s written a book about Washington D.C. that’s overflowing with the word.

But that didn’t stop Buck this week from coming out in favor of Trump’s state of emergency, even though Buck went on and on, for years, about the horrors of Obama’s alleged executive overreach to, among other things, stop the deportation young immigrants who came here as kids and know no other country as their home but America.

“It’s a failure of Congress, certainly,” Buck told KOA, in explaining his support of the state of emergency. “The fact that the Congress is not recognizing the terrible situation we have in this country with heroin, the fact that this Congress is not recognizing the terrible situation we have with transnational gangs that are crossing our southern border, I think is a failure. I think the emergency is that Congress is not acting when it knows the facts.”

But, as has been reported over and over again, the reality and the facts about immigration don’t support Trump’s cry for a wall–or Buck’s.

But will Colorado Republicans, as they vote for their state leader, shun Buck’s hypocrisy or lap it up? Hint: Why did Walker Stapleton woo Tom Tancredo?



Cory Gardner Wants YOU To Like Donald Trump

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President Trump (left) and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma).

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, said yesterday that he likes Trump and wants to give the American people “an opportunity” to get to like him too.

“I like the president, and we’ve got to make sure we have an opportunity for the American people to get to like the President,” Gardner told KNUS 710-AM’s Steffan Tubbs yesterday. “And I think they like his policies. I think they do.”

Gardner’s positive comments about Trump are mostly consistent with what Colorado’s junior senator has said since the midterms, not only endorsing Trump but also saying he’d “like to see the president come to Colorado.”

He’s also said, as he did on the radio yesterday, saying, “I’m going to agree with Donald Trump; I’m going to disagree with Donald Trump.”

Gardner predicted Trump will win in 2020, but it’s “going to be a tough fight.”

“I’m going to be about optimism,” said Gardner in a conversation about his plan to “take our record of accomplishment on the road” in his 2020 compaign.

Gardner has has had a bumpy attitude toward Trump over the years.

“I like the president, and we’ve got to make sure we have an opportunity for the American people to get to like the President. And I think they like his policies. I think they do.”

— Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma)

Gardner called Trump a “buffoon in 2015,” but he said in March of 2016 that he’d vote for the mogul after he was asked seven times in a row by the Wall Street Journal whether he’d do so. A few months later, after Trump’s infamous pussy-grabbing comment come to light, Gardner said flatly, “I will not vote for Donald Trump.”

Gardner now has a 90 percent lifetime pro-Trump voting record.

Prior to appearing on the show, KNUS’ Randy Corporon complained that. for years, Gardner had refused to appear on his KNUS show.

At the beginning of the interview, Tubbs promised to vote for Gardner.


Author, Whose Book Linked Race To Intelligence, Speaks Tonight At Christian University

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Charles Murray.

Conservative Charles Murray, best known as the author of the Bell Curve, long viewed as promoting racism, speaks tonight at Colorado Christian University (CCU).

Murray, who now works for the ultra-conservative American Enterprise Institute, will talk about his new book, Coming Apart, which Brigham Young University Professor Brad Cox called, a “sobering portrait of a nation where millions of people are losing touch with the founding virtues that have long lent American lives purpose, direction, and happiness,” according to a news release from the CCU’s Centennial Institute.

Murray’s book, the Bell Curve, coauthored with the late Richard J. Herrnstein, linked race to intelligence, drawing protests since it was published in 1994. Specifically, it argued that genetic differences partially explain why African-Americans are less intelligent than white Americans.

The event takes place tonight at Colorado Christian University at 7 p.m. in Leprino Hall, Room 170. RSVP here. It’s free.


Gardner Snarls At Women Who Cheered During Trump Speech

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner  thinks it was self-serving of Congresswomen to stand up and cheer during Trump’s State-of-the-Union speech Tuesday after the President said, “No one has benefited more from a thriving economy than women who have filled 58 percent of the newly created jobs last year.”

Asked by KDMT radio host Jimmy Sengenberger about the Democrats, led by white-garbed women, who were standing up and cheering, Gardner snarled that the lawmakers didn’t cheer for Hispanics or African Americans, but “they did cheer for themselves.”

GARDNER:  You know, when it comes to the cheer leading in the middle of the State of the Union, look, they didn’t applaud unemployment levels in African American populations. They didn’t applaud unemployment levels when it comes to [the] Hispanic population in the United States. They didn’t applaud the fact that we’re going to fight against socialism. But they did applaud themselves. And I think that’s pretty telling of what we saw at the State of the Union.

“That is a very strong point, I think,” responded Sengenberger.

Gardner’s office did not return a call seeking to know if he thinks Democratic women care more about themselves than they care about Hispanics and African Americans, and, if so, why?

And does Gardner think Republican lawmakers like him are less generally self-centered and more caring people than Democrats?

Gardner’s did not answer those questions left on his office voicemail.

Gardner criticized the cheering, but Trump was more gracious at the time, saying when the applause subsided, “That’s great. Really great. And congratulations. That’s great.”



Will Gardner’s Endorsement Of Trump Muzzle His GOP Critics?

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A longtime nonpartisan political analyst predicted Monday that Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner’s endorsement of Trump has “shut the door” on any efforts to primary the first-term Republican prior to his expected re-election bid in 2020.

Sen. Gardner and Trump on Air Force One

In an appearance on Colorado Public Radio Monday, Jennifer Duffy, a senior editor at the Cook Political Report, had this to say about Gardner’s endorsement of Trump:

“I think [Gardner], one: endorsed the inevitable, but two: he also sent a message to Trump supporters in the state that he was with the president because – as a lot of Republicans learned in 2018 – to be against the president is to pretty much earn yourself a primary opponent,” said Duffy. “So he shut that door.”

Since Gardner took office, he has faced livid attacks from base Republicans, who see him as mealy-mouthed and have floated the name of State Rep. Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock) as a great choice to challenge Gardner in a primary. Earlier this year, GOP gadflys, like Marc Zarlengo, and others, called for someone to challenge Gardner.

But Gardner’s endorsement of Trump could indeed help stave off a primary challenge, said Steve Barlock, who led the Trump campaign in Denver.

“Cory had only only one way to protect himself, and that was to endorse Trump,” said Barlock, adding that the “Trump base” in Colorado was completely infuriated at Gardner’s path-breaking decision to support ending the partial government shutdown without funding a border wall.

Gardner needs to support Trump “100 percent” going forward, said Barlock.

“It will be, ‘Cory, did you do everything for Trump? We’re voting for you. If you didn’t do everything for Trump, you’re on your own, buddy,'” said Barlock.

KNUS 710-AM radio host Julie Hayden says Gardner’s endorsement of Trump isn’t very meaningful to Republicans who don’t trust Gardner, but this doesn’t mean a primary is likely or would be successful.

“Cory Gardner’s endorsement of Trump does not do a heck of a lot right now to impress the Republicans who have had concerns about Gardner,” said Hayden. “From my point of view, Cory Gardner seems to flip flop and endorse Trump when he thinks it’s good for him. So I don’t think people like me are swayed by [Gardner endorsing Trump].”

In fact, Gardner, who called Trump a “buffoon in 2015,” said in March of 2016 that he’d vote for the mogul after he was asked seven times in a row by the Wall Street Journal whether he’d do so. A few months later, after Trump’s infamous pussy-grabbing comment come to light, Gardner said flatly, “I will not vote for Donald Trump.”

“I cannot and will not support someone who brags about degrading and assaulting women,” Gardner said at the time, promising to vote for Mike Pence instead.

Gardner now has a 90 percent lifetime pro-Trump voting record, which has fallen to 50 percent pro-Trump during the current congressional session.

“People like me are going to be keeping a very close eye on what Cory Gardner says and does,” said Hayden, who’s a former reporter at Fox 31 Denver.

Hayden added that, while she likes other Republicans more than Gardner on the issues, the chances of anyone mounting a successful primary challenge against Gardner are extremely low, given his likely financial advantage.

Gardner followed his Trump endorsement last week with a rare visit to a Republican organizational meeting in Adams County, according to local GOP district captain Ben Nicholas, speaking to Hayden on KNUS Monday.

Gardner surprised Adams GOP attendees by “finally” appearing at the meeting, after six years of “avoiding us like the plague,” said Nicholas on air.

This could be another signal, in addition to his unexpected Trump endorsement, that Gardner is trying head off a conservative primary challenge before it starts frothing at the mouth in public.

Shortly after the November election, GOP pollster David Flaherty said Gardner could “very well” face a primary challenge, but it would have a “minuscule” chance of success.


Overwhelming ‘Love And Support’ For Student Who Spoke Out Against Catholic ‘Conversion Therapy’ Initiative

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A Denver high school student, who’s Catholic and gay, has received “overwhelming” messages of “love and support,” after his opinion article, objecting to a Catholic-Church initiative to “heal” LGBTQ people, went viral.

The intense response to Johnny Hultzapple’s essay caused the Colorado Times Recorder’s website to crash last week, ultimately bringing a quarter million viewers to read the article.

“People are thanking me, apologizing to me on behalf of the church, stating their support for me, and recounting personal experiences that are similar to mine,” wrote Hultzapple when asked about the response to his article. “I have received messages from gay people and straight people, from Catholics and non-Catholics, and from people of all different religious and LGBTQ identities. I’ve received messages from priests, nuns, authors, broadway performers, professors, teachers, people of all professions. I’ve received messages from people not only all over the country, but from all over the world. My article was translated into Portuguese and Spanish. Today I even received a nice letter, a t-shirt and lanyard from a Catholic university in Minnesota.

“Interestingly, all of these positive responses share the same sentiment: it is time for the Catholic church to start truly loving and accepting LGBTQ individuals in the same way that Jesus would/does. I think many Catholics are ready to fully accept the LGBTQ community but are held back by the archaic views of the institution of the Church.

“Incredibly Grateful”

Hultzapple wrote about how thankful he is for the support.

“I am in awe of the attention my article has received, and I am so incredibly grateful for everyone’s kind and supportive responses,” he continued. “I have been printing them out and reading them over and over again. These messages give me hope for a better and brighter future. I hope others will join me in speaking up for the truth. I am ready to fight for the love and acceptance of all people.”

With emails and texts arriving during his classes at South High School and his Model-United Nations competitions, Hultzapple found time to read his article for a TV news story, headlined “Gay Denver teen pens essay after archdiocese invites controversial host to gender matters conference,” on Denver’s ABC affiliate.

In the TV piece, Mark Haas, a spokesman for the Denver Archdiocese, said the conference was “full of love” and “full of compassion,” and “somehow that message has been completely changed.”

Haas said the conference did not use the words “conversion therapy.”



Nomination Of Former Oil Industry Lawyer Is “Fantastic News For Colorado,” Says Gardner

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Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.

Reactions diverged wildly today to Trump’s nomination of Colorado native and former oil industry lobbyist David Bernhardt for Secretary of Interior, with a leader of a Denver-based environmental group calling Bernhardt an “affront to America’s parks and public lands” and Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner saying his appointment is “fantastic news for Colorado.”

“I’ve known David Bernhardt for many years and have worked closely with him over the last two years to advance Colorado priorities,” Gardner, a Republican, said in a statement. “As a native Coloradan from the Western Slope, David knows how important public lands are to our state and has a keen understanding of the issues Coloradans face every day. From moving the Bureau of Land Management to the West to promoting conservation programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Coloradans will be lucky to have David lead our Interior Department. I look forward to supporting him throughout the confirmation process.”

During his tenure at Denver law firm  Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Bernhardt served as a lawyer for oil and gas companies, which is one reason Jennifer Rokala, Director of the Center for Western Priorities, said Bernhardt shouldn’t be confirmed.

“David Bernhardt’s nomination is an affront to America’s parks and public lands,” said Rokala in a statement. “As an oil and gas lobbyist, Bernhardt pushed to open vast swaths of public lands for drilling and mining. As deputy secretary, he was behind some of the worst policy decisions of Secretary Zinke’s sad tenure, including stripping protections for imperiled wildlife. Bernhardt even used the government shutdown to approve drilling permits for companies linked to his former clients.”

Rokala’s statement directed reporters to a list of actions Bernhardt is undertaking at the request of oil and gas companies that he’s allegedly represented in some way and represent conflicts of interest.

“As senators consider Bernhardt’s nomination, it’s crucial they remember that the ongoing investigations into Ryan Zinke’s conduct intersect with policies that David Bernhardt has helped enact. Otherwise, we’ll see another Interior secretary fall into the same ethical abyss that ended Ryan Zinke’s political career. If a walking conflict of interest like David Bernhardt gets confirmed, oversight and true transparency will be more important than ever.”

Bernhardt is currently deputy Secretary of Interior, and would replace Ryan Zinke, who was praised by Colorado Republicans not long before he resigned under pressure and amid ethics investigations.

ColoradoPolitics reported today:

He met Zinke when he volunteered to help with the Trump transition team, then helped prepare Zinke for his confirmation hearings as Interior secretary.

Both of Colorado’s U.S. senators — Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Michael Bennet — voted to confirm Bernhardt as deputy Interior secretary in July 2017, but most of Bennet’s Democratic colleagues opposed the nominee, as did several environmental groups. The confirmation vote was 53-43


In Blaming Democrats For The Government Shutdown, Gardner Misled Reporters About A Previous U.S. Senate Vote

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

During the recent government shutdown, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) blamed Democrats for the impasse, and essentially called them hypocrites, because they’d voted last year for a $25 billion bipartisan compromise that included funds for a border wall.

And therefore, Gardner said repeatedly, Democrats should have no problem approving over $5 billion for a wall this time around.

For example, Gardner told FOX News’ “Fox and Friends” in December:

“Months ago [U.S. Senate Democrats] supported $25 billion in border security funding. Now they support less than a fifth of that. This is a massive cut in border security that the Democrats are now proposing…” “I don’t think it’s a stretch to say, ‘Just a few months ago, you agreed to $25 billion in border security; why are you trying to cut border security now?’ And I hope they will agree, ‘Yes, let’s get this done.'”

But in saying this, Gardner repeatedly misled reporters, because the $25 billion bipartisan border-security deal, approved in February of last year in a 54-45 U.S. Senate vote, also included a 12-year path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants.

It’s glaring manipulation for Gardner to leave this out, given how important a path to citizenship has been for Democrats and Dreamers.

In January, toward the end of the recent shutdown, Trump offered Democrats a border-security deal that included some relief for young undocumented immigrants facing deportation.

But the deal offered by Trump had no path to citizenship for Dreamers, instead offering three years of protection from deportation for fewer immigrants than the February, 2017, package that was supported by U.S. Senate Democrats.

In fact, Trump’s offer toward the end of the shutdown didn’t do much for young immigrants, who are barred from deportation anyway pending court decisions.

But Gardner continued to be relentless, on multiple media platforms, in insisting that Democrats had once supported the Trump deal that was on the table.

In mid-January, Gardner said on KVOR’s Jeff Crank Show (at 1 min 30 sec):

“Just a few months ago, we had $25 billion worth of border security that both Democrats and Republicans voted for.”

Again, in this interview and others, he didn’t mention that the deal included a path to citizenship for Dreamers.


Denver Student To Archbishop: “I Am Catholic, And I am Gay… I Do Not Need To Be ‘Healed'”

The following was written by Johnny Hultzapple, who is a student at South High School in Denver, in response to Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila’s launch last week of a conversion-therapy program, staffed by volunteer “healers” at Catholic churches in the Denver area. Aquila’s project would skirt a conversion therapy ban that’s expected to become law this year in Colorado.  It first appeared on Hultzapple’s Facebook page and was later posted by the Colorado Times Recorder.


As a young, gay male, I was infuriated when I read this sign and an article [in the Colorado Times Recorder]. Not only is the sign overtly offensive, it is so, so, so very wrong.


It is with a very enraged and dismal heart that I write this post today.

This past Saturday, the Archdiocese of Denver sponsored an anti-LGBTQ event at the John Paul II Center led by an anti-LGBTQ activist and proponent of conversion therapy named Andrew Comiskey.

There was a highly false and insulting banner hung on the fence of the John Paul II Center. It is important to note that a representative from the Archdiocese said that the Archdiocese themselves did not hang the banner although they sponsored this event. The banner is a quote from the leader of the event, Andrew Comiskey, and reads, “There is no such thing as a ‘gay’ person…. That is a popular myth.” “Satan delights in homosexual perversion.”

As a young, gay male, I was infuriated when I read this sign and an article [in the Colorado Times Recorder]. Not only is the sign overtly offensive, it is so, so, so very wrong.



Gardner Claims He’s “Consistently” Opposed Government Shutdowns, But He Backed One In 2013

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U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) is trying to sound like a good-government crusader, saying on Twitter that he’s “consistently been against government shutdowns,” and specifying on KOA’s Colorado’s Morning News that “it’s a position I’ve taken since 2013, opposing the shutdown then.”

But in 2013, Gardner told KOA’s Mike Rosen that he favored a government shutdown to de-fund Obamacare, and he said Obama would be at fault. Here’s the exchange:

Rosen: “Perhaps we can talk about some other items on the agenda, such as the current dispute, even with the Republican Party, about whether Republicans, who have a majority in the House, ought to take a stand now, as the continuing resolution question comes up, take a stand on Obamacare, and refuse to fund it, while at the same time, agreeing with a continuing resolution that would allow the rest of the federal government to operate. Have you got a position on that?
Gardner: I want to do anything and everything I can to stop Obamacare from destroying our health care, from driving up increases in costs. Whether that’s through the continuing resolution, I want to defund everything that we can….
Rosen: There’s a political concern that if the Republicans stand their ground on this [repealing Obamacare], they are going to be blamed for shutting down the government.
Gardner: Well, I think if the government gets shut down, it’s going to be the President’s decision to do so. I believe that we don’t need to shut down the government because we ought to just lift this health-care bill out of the way and let America work.  Listen here

In 2014, Democrats used the fact that Gardner supported a government shutdown in a political ad.

In a TruthTest of the ad, then 9News political reporter Brandon Rittiman wrote:

“Gardner did vote in line with the Republican strategy that led to the government shutdown.”

The ad claimed that “Congressman Gardner stood with his party in Washington, voting to shut down the government, right when Colorado was recovering from historic floods.”

Rittiman wrote that the statement, “The overall claim here is true, but the wording requires some additional context.”



Caplis Tries To Bail Out Saine But She Won’t Let Him

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Rep. Lori Saine (R).

During a radio interview yesterday, one of the state’s most partisan Republican radio hosts essentially begged State Rep. Lori Saine (R-Firestone) to walk back her statement at the Capitol last week that blacks and whites were once lynched in “almost equal numbers.” But Saine didn’t take the hint.

First, KNUS 710-AM host Dan Caplis, tried this:

CAPLIS: “…the Greeley Tribune version of the comments, as you know, is that you said essentially that black and whites had been lynched in nearly equal numbers during Reconstruction, and lynched for being Republican. Do you want to clarify those comments? What’s your view of all that now?

SAINE: And I clearly meant [during] Reconstruction. And Reconstruction is a period from 1865-1877, by the way. There is not a tremendous amount of data for a lot of those years, but the data that we do have….

Caplis tried again:

CAPLIS: “I think one of the concerns – and one thing you may want to qualify – is the reason why people were lynched – because my guess is, and this is not something I’ve researched – but intuitively I’d guess that an awful lot of the whites who were lynched were lynched for various alleged crimes such as stealing horses, bank robbery, etc., whereas blacks were just being lynched for the color of their skin. Am I right?”

SAINE: So, I have heard that argument before, but, if you look at the lynchings earlier in the 1800s versus the numbers coming right out of Reconstruction, it’s hard to say that all of a sudden they went from – you know, if you look at 1882 its 64 whites, 49 blacks….

Then Caplis said to Saine:

CAPLIS: “But we know – don’t we? – that blacks were being lynched based on the color of their skin. And whites weren’t being lynched based on the color of their skin, right?”

SAINE: So, the accounts that we have of history that people have written books about – I mean, there is a lot of sources on this. But there’s even an African American Congressman – his name is John Lloyd Lynch….

Then Caplis finally said to Saine as an apparent last resort:

CAPLIS: “But some could easily view this as you attempting to equate the plight of whites with black when it came to lynching, or to somehow downplay the horror that was inflicted on blacks, to politicize it, to make it a Republican thing. So, can you see where people would see your comments that way?”

SAINE: Well, that certainly was not my intent. And the rest of my speech goes on to say that Americans of all faiths, creed, and race stood by Reverend King to march for civil rights. And they were beaten, they were tortured, they were killed….



Denver Archbishop Urges Catholics To Form Conversion-Therapy Groups In Their Churches To “Heal” LGBTQ People

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Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila called on fellow Catholics over the weekend to launch programs in their churches aimed at “healing” LGBTQ people by turning them into heterosexuals.

Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

Aquila made the comments during his opening remarks at an archdiocese-sponsored conference in Denver Saturday featuring Andrew Comiskey, whose anti-gay organization, called “Desert Stream/Living Waters Ministries,” trains parishioners on how to “heal homosexuals” and other “sexually broken” people.

Once trained in Missouri or Southern California, these “healers” return home and set up church-based programs, with the goal of leading LGBTQ people to a life of “mature heterosexuality.”

This is intended to be achieved though small-group sessions in church, “prayer,” and with “key insights from reparative and developmental psychology,” according to Comiskey’s The Kingdom of God and the Homosexual (Revised).

But such programs, often called “conversion therapy,” both secular- and religion-based, have been widely discredited, and are opposed for use by medical professionals by, among others, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Psychological Association.



“Staple” GOP Donors Won’t Even Return Beckman’s Calls, Says Buck

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Rep. Ken Buck (R-Greeley)

Shortly after calling Democratic Congressman Joe Neguse of Boulder “another Cory Gardner,” as in a “ray of sunshine,” U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) took shots at one of his opponents in the race to be leader of the state Republican Party.

“I understand that Susan Beckman wants this job. It pays a lot of money. And I understand that she is concerned about competition for this job. Susan Beckman cannot get return calls from a lot of the donors that are friends of mine, who have donated to my campaigns in the past, and who are a staple of this party,” Buck told KNUS radio host Craig Silverman Saturday, in a meandering and entertaining interview. “Susan Beckman has never run a statewide race, or a race outside of a small jurisdiction in Arapahoe County. And I look forward to offering a contrast with her for the State chair position.”

Beckman has said the Colorado GOP should not be lead from someone who spends so much time in Washington DC. Buck

Buck had kinder words for Neguse than Beckman, who’s a Colorado state representative.

“The one Congressman who I’ve gotten to know a little bit better, a freshman Congressman, is Joe Neguse, who took Jared Polis’ position,” said Buck on air. “And I am thoroughly impressed with Joe. Joe is a – just a – he is a ‘Cory Gardner.’ He is a ray of sunshine. He just has this bubbly personality. He is really friendly and a nice person. And I think, while we disagree politically, and we disagree on policy, he’s exactly the kind of person that you want to see in politics.”

While siding firmly with Trump and other Republicanssaid said Trump had nothing to do with former U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s (R-CO) loss to Democrat Jason Crow in November, insisting that Trump had nothing to do with Coffman’s loss in November.

“I think the bottom line was that Jason Crow is an outstanding candidate.” said Buck, adding that “moderate Democrats” like Crow will be “forced” to the left once they enter Congress–or watch their Democratic colleagues.

It’s unclear if Buck would count talk radio as a valid news source, given his response to Silverman’s question on where people should get news.

“I think the best place to get our news is to actually go and watch what goes on,” replied Buck. “If you’re interested what goes on in Congress, watch C-SPAN. If you’re interested in what goes on in, you know, the Denver Broncos game, go watch the Denver Broncos game. I don’t think that having people who claim to be journalists, who are actually editorial writers and write in ways that are misleading — I think — is positive.”

Listen To excerpts of Buck’s KNUS interview here:


Steve King Spoke At Denver Conservative Gathering Last Year

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Rep. Dave Williams (R), Congressman Steve King (R-IA).

Colorado Christian University “generally” doesn’t repeat speakers at its annual conservative gathering near Denver, said the event’s director Jeff Hunt when asked whether a Republican Congressman, who advised people not to be offended by white supremacy, would be invited to the annual event again this July.

Iowa Congressman Steve King, who made the comments to the New York Times, spoke at the last year’s Western Conservative Summit, billed as the “largest gathering of conservatives outside of Washington D.C.”

Other top shelf Republican speakers last year included then Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then EPA chief Scott Pruitt, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), and U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO). Gardner has spoken there multiple times.

Hunt directs the summit in his role as head of CCU’s Centennial Institute.

On a House floor speech, “King argued he was saying terms like white supremacist, white nationalist and Nazi were ‘almost always unjustly labeling otherwise innocent people,” according to the Des Moines Register.

In the wake of a controversial comment by King in 2010, then congressional candidate Cory Gardner canceled a joint fundraiser with the Iowa Congressman.

King is now facing disciplinary action from fellow U.S. House Republicans after he told the New York Times it was wrong to consider white nationalism and white supremacy offensive.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” Mr. King told The New York Times Jan. 10. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told CNN over the weekend that he would meet with King today and “action will be taken.”


Buck Sides With GOP Establishment in Race To Be Party Chair, Calling Gardner A “Bubbly Ray Of Sunshine”

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U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), who entered the race yesterday to be the leader of Colorado’s Republican Party, threw his unequivocal support behind Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner’s re-election bid in 2020, calling the first-term senator a “bubbly ray of sunshine that puts a smile on the face of the Republican Party. “

But key Colorado Republicans have been frowning, even snarling, at Gardner lately, potentially making Gardner a flashpoint in the race to select Colorado’s next Republican leader.

Some Republicans are calling for Gardner’s ouster from the 2020 GOP ticket. Pueblo County Republican Party Treasurer George Mayfield wants someone to challenge Gardner in a primary.

And GOP activist and KNUS radio host Chuck Bonniwell called Gardner a
“total [whore] for the Chamber of Commerce,” a “Mitch McConnell stooge,” and, “just like” U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a “traitor to every [position] he held in 2010.”

But Buck doesn’t see it that way.

BUCK: “To criticize Cory is, I think, short-sighted,” Buck told KNUS radio host Randy Corporon, who was subbing for host Peter Boyles today. “We need the majority in the senate.

“I think Cory is that bubbly, ray of sunshine that puts a smile on the face of the Republican Party. And I really think we are fortunate to have him…. I am absolutely going to support Cory Gardner, President Trump, and the rest the Republican ticket. And I really think that this is going to be an outstanding year for the Republican Party.”


Buck’s view is shared by former Colorado Republican leader Dick Wadhams.

Buck generated headlines in 2017 for calling the Republican Party “dead,” run by “special interests” and “weak-kneed senators.”

Asked how he could hold this belief and now seek to be the leader of the GOP in Colorado, Buck responded with this:

BUCK: “When you see a problem, you go forward and you solve that problem. I love the principles of the Republican Party…We have to bet back to those. I’m not going to walk away from the Party. I’m not going to say, “I’m taking my marbles and going home because I disagree with people.”

Buck said he’d remain in Congress if he won the race to be state chair, saying he’s gotten the approval of the House Ethics Committee to hold both jobs.

Buck said he’d change the model of how the state party is run, with the elected chair acting more as a “chairman of the board” and “holding people accountable and raising money,” but not rolling up his “sleeves and getting into the details of the political machinery.”

Complete Colorado reported that others eyeing the state party chair are “Don Ytterberg, CEO of Advanced Surface Technologies and former Republican candidate for the 7th Congressional District; former State Representative and Senator Tom Weins; Sherrie Gibson, current Colorado GOP vice-chairman; and Joshua Hosler, current El Paso County GOP chairman.”

State Rep. Susan Beckman, a Littleton Republican, is also apparently running, Corporon said on air.


Arapahoe Tea Party to Address Gardner and “The Problem of the Circular Firing Squad”

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Donald Trump, Cory Gardner.

At a meeting Tuesday, Arapahoe County Tea Party members will discuss ways to win (and lose) elections in Colorado, including the “problems of a circular firing squad,” according to the group’s Facebook page.

Republicans have been lashing out at U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) this week, in circular-firing-squad fashion, after Gardner called for passing legislation to open the federal government, without providing funds for a border wall.

In the political context, the term “circular firing squad” refers to members of a political party attacking members of their own party, inflicting damage and inciting intra-party anger.

Such firing squads can lead partisan activists to skip voting altogether for a controversial candidate.

After taking shots from a GOP circular firing squad, Gardner might be seen as lacking principles, which is a recurrent complaint of GOP Tea Party activists about Gardner, whom a prominent Republican recently called a “total [whore] for the Chamber of Commerce,” a “Mitch McConnell stooge,” and, “just like” U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a “traitor to every [position] he held in 2010.”

In Colorado, with so many Unaffiliated voters who appear hostile to the Republicans, a GOP candidate can ill afford to lose GOP votes and hope to win statewide, say pollsters.

GOP activist Gary Kirkland will lead the discussion about the firing squad and Gardner. Kirkland wrote on Facebook that “Cory Gardner will be one of the topics” of discussion at the Tues. meeting, which takes place at 9195 E. Mineral Ave. in Centennial from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Also at the Jan. 8 meeting, failed GOP congressional candidate Casper Stockham will discuss “his message for a winning strategy.”

State Rep. Susan Beckman (R-Littleton), who’s rumored to be running for GOP state party chair, will offer an “in-depth look at the Democrat playbook that was used to turn Colorado.”


Adams County GOP Chair Slams Gardner and Republican Party

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Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

The Chair of the Adams County Republican Party joined other Colorado conservatives today in hot rage against U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner for calling for an end to the government shutdown without funding a border wall.

In comments trashing Republican leaders, Adams Chair Anil Mathai told KNUS right winger Peter Boyles that “we the people need to fight” the Republican Party. “Enough of the silence.”

“They have no steel spine, Pete, as you know,” said Mathai on air. “They’re afraid to take a position on anything. I mean, it’s very clear, they put their finger [in the air] and whichever way the wind blows. Right now, they cower down and don’t say a word…. The Republican Party – we don’t know what they stand for anymore.”

“Lenin had a term, called the ‘useful idiots,'” Boyles told Mathai. “Cory Gardner is a useful idiot. Mike Coffman was a useful idiot. Walker Stapleton was a useful idiot. Where is the Republican Party?”

Mathai went on to say that there is a “cowardice here within the Republican Party” that’s exemplified by Gardner “telling Republicans to vote for a Democratic budget.”

But the state GOP still has some “patriots,” said Mathai, citing State Rep. Patrick Neville.

Listen to Mathai here:


Would Gardner Vote To End the Shutdown?

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President Trump (left) and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma).

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner has been emphasizing that he voted for a senate bill late last year that would have kept the government running.

He made the point in a Dec. 21 tweet, stating, “I voted for a clean government funding bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday night.”

Gardner is referring to his vote on a bipartisan measure that would have kept the government operating without funding for a border wall. That’s why he refers to it as a “clean” bill. It passed the senate but died after the House passed a bill that contained the wall funds.

Gardner said again today in a KOA radio interview that he voted for the clean senate bill in December and that he wants to end the shutdown.

Now the question is, would he vote for the same or very similar bill again, if it’s passed, as expected, by House Democrats in the coming week?

Would he push for a senate vote on the legislation?

That follow-up question wasn’t put to him on KOA this morning, and Gardner didn’t return a call from the Colorado Times Recorder seeking to know the answer.

Another reasonable question is, if the bill were to clear the senate, would he vote to override a Trump veto?