For Now, Gardner (And An Unknown CU Regent) Are The Lone CO Republicans Holding Statewide Office

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

Yesterday, as Coloradans finished casting a blue wave of ballots that upended state politics, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who along with CU Regent Heidi Ganahl are now the lone Republicans occupying state-wide offices in Colorado, was on the radio talking like a candidate.

That’s what he’ll likely be in 2020, if he defends his seat for the first, and Democrats hope, the last time.

On the radio, Gardner said “there are elements of the radical left who are going to oppose President Trump, no matter how good it is for this country.”

Gardner was trying to find a middle ground on Trump, acknowledging the widespread anger with the president in Colorado, which favored Hillary Clinton by five points, while focusing on economic themes.

GARDNER: And I think there are elements of the radical left who are going to oppose President Trump, no matter how good it is for this country. There are obviously things that we’re going to agree with and disagree with the president on.

But the economy is creating jobs. Money is coming back in, a thousand manufacturing jobs a day added to this country. You’ve got billions of dollars relocating into the United States. Wages are going up. This is incredible.

And you’re exactly right. There are elements of the radical left that are going to vote against that economic growth, vote against that economic opportunity, just because of the sheer blindness of their opposition.

Whether Gardner’s love-some-of-Trump-Hate-some-of-Trump message would work in Colorado in 2020, is obviously unknown today, two years out.

But after this election, you have think this would fail miserably, and Gardner couldn’t win here with Trump on the ticket, especially given that Gardner has been a loyal ninety-one-percent Trump supporter.

And yesterday’s election shows that Republicans nationwide aren’t in the mood to dump the president from the 2020 ballot, meaning he likely isn’t going anywhere and spelling doom for Gardner.

Even if Trump is gone by 2020, the voting pattern in Colorado today looks bad for the first-term senator, as pollsters on both sides of the aisle have been pointing out all week.


Coffman Goes From Hard-Right, To Softer-Right, To Every Which Way–And Then Out

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After U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman won re-election in 2016, prevailing in a district carried by Hillary Clinton, even a liberal blog ColoradoPols wrote that the Republican’s “ability to survive so many very different electoral climates and the complete refashioning of his congressional district make another serious run at Coffman increasingly difficult to justify.”

Two years later, Coffman has been voted out, replaced by Democrat Jason Crow.

The difference this year is Trump.

Coffman’s increasingly desperate attempts to define himself as an anti-Trump Republican weren’t believed by voters who apparently saw him as a pawn in Trump’s GOP army. A pawn with a 96 percent pro-Trump voting record, as Democrats repeated throughout the campaign.

Actually, Coffman was more Trump-like during the first 18 years of his political career than he was when he was voted out today. He began migrating away from his hardest-hard-right social conservative stances after his congressional district was redrawn after the 2010 census.

Unlike some flip-flopping politicians, Coffman’s migration was achieved by adopting multiple nuanced positions on controversial issues–with variations emerging over years.

On abortion, for example, he went from proudly opposing all abortion, even for rape and incest, to withdrawing his support for a personhood abortion ban. Later, he voted for abortion ban exceptions, infuriating his personhood supporters.

He voted to defund Planned Parenthood multiple times and then put a Planned Parenthood logo in a campaign advertisement. And then, in interviews on conservative radio, he continued to attack the women’s health organization.

On immigration, his spectacular metamorphosis took him from calling the Dream Act a nightmare to embracing it, even though he blocked the country’s best shot at immigration reform when he opposed a comprehensive immigration bill, passed in 2014 with bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate. The bill died in the House, and Coffman went on to learn Spanish.


With Ballot Calculus Favoring Dems, Trump Is Needed ASAP In Colo To Boost Republican Turnout, Says GOP Pollster

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President Donald Trump.

Unaffiliated voters are casting ballots “at a level never seen before in a midterm election in Colorado,” says Republican Pollster Ryan Winger at Magellan Strategies in a blog post today.

At the same time, about 43,000 fewer Republicans have voted this year, and over 70,000 more Democrats have voted, compared to the last midterm election in 2014.

With polls showing that most Colorado unaffiliated voters don’t like Trump are expected to vote for Democrats, it’s time for Republicans to bring in the President to rev up the GOP here, said Magellan Strategies Pollster David Flaherty on KNUS radio Friday.

KNUS 710-AM host Julie Hayden, a former local TV reporter, asked Flaherty if a Trump rally help drive Colorado Republicans to the Polls.

“It would absolutely help, Julie,” Flaherty said on air.

“He could not be more popular or more beloved by Republicans. He has higher approval rating numbers than George W. Bush did practically right after 9-11, to give you an idea [of how high]. However, his approval rating among unaffiliated voters in in the low 30s, and that sort of a double-edged sword.”

“But I think without question it would be a good idea for him to swing through for us to pull even and get that final umph,” said Flaherty on KNUS. “I mean, despite his unpopularity among unaffiliated voters. It’s a tough call, no doubt about it, but if Republicans are going to continue lagging in their ballots turned in, I’d call in the big man.”

Jensen Turns And Walks Away When Asked, ‘Where Do You Stand on Trump?’

Christine Jensen

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Republican Christine Jensen is running for a Jefferson County state senate seat that will likely determine which party controls Colorado government. And she has no public position on President Donald Trump.

The Colorado Times Recorder tried multiple times to find out Jensen’s views on the President, but she repeatedly did not respond.

So, on a sidewalk Saturday after a “Red Wave” get-out-the-vote event in a Jefferson County office building, a journalist tried to put the question tried to put the question to Jensen in person.

Jason Salzman: Hi Christine. I’ve been trying to reach you.

Christine Jensen: Oh. Yeah.

Salzman: I’m Jason Salzman with the Colorado Times Recorder.

Former Denver Post Reporter — and current PIO for Secretary of State Wayne Williams — Lynn Bartels (standing nearby interjecting): Ambush!  Ambush reporter.

Jensen: Yes. Got it. Hang on.

Jensen quickly turns and walks back into the building.

Salzman (following Jensen for a few steps): “Where do you stand on Trump? Could you tell me please. Just tell me where you stand on Trump, Christine?”

Bartels, talking to Salzman not Jensen: You’re better than that.

Salzman: What do you mean? I’m identifying myself. I’ve called her five times.

Bartels: She doesn’t have to call you back.

Salzman: I know. But if she’s not, I have the right to stand here.

Bartels: I know, but–

Salzman: You know that’s the way it works.

Bartels: I know. I’m sorry. I apologize.

Salzman: Thank you. I really think that’s fair. It’s a fair question. The issue is, you know, important.

Bartels: It is a fair question.

Jensen comes out of the building escorted by someone separating her from me.

Salzman (running after Jensen): You want to answer a fair question? Where do you stand on Trump, Christine?

Jensen speed walks away without saying anything.

Salzman (to Jensen): Thank you so much. I appreciate your time. I’m sorry to bother you.

Lynn Bartels

It’s not just the Colorado Times Recorder that thinks the public is interested in all candidates’ views on Trump, even candidates in state legislative races.

Just this week, during a conservative radio interview, Republican state house candidate Toren Mushovic said voters ask about Trump “a lot” when he’s going door-to-door in his Arapahoe County-area district.

What’s more, Trump has repeatedly said that Tuesday’s election is about him.

And, The Denver Post and other local media outlets have reported that Trump is motivating suburban Democrats at all levels.

There are volumes of reporting about how suburban women, angry at Trump, could swing the election.

Yet, some, but not all, Republican candidates in Colorado’s top legislative races started their campaigns without saying a word about Trump and are finishing up the final days as silent as they ever were, even as the president ramps up his offensive and often blatantly false rhetoric.

Jensen is one of those candidates. It appears the closest she’s come to taking a stand on Trump in the public domain came this week when the Washington Post quoted her as saying, “I think he has absolutely positively been a man of action. I still wish we could teach him a few PR tricks.”

Other than that, Jenson’s record on Trump is pretty much a blank slate, symbolized by this question left unanswered on her Christine Jensen for Colorado Facebook page:

“Simple question,” a commenter wrote, “Do you support Donald Trump?”

That question sits unanswered.

Echoing Trump’s Falsehoods About Journalism, Coffman Accuses New York Times Of Rigging Its Poll Against Him

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Rep. Mike Coffman (R).

With multiple polls showing U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora headed toward defeat in Tuesday’s election, the longtime Republican Congressman saw no reason to worry yesterday, blaming the New York Times for deliberately skewing polling results toward his opponent, Democrat Jason Crow, and manufacturing concern about a possible loss by Coffman.

Asked about polls showing him down by double digits in his race with Crow, Coffman told KOA radio host April Zezbaugh:

Coffman: “That was by the New York Times and I think they put their thumb on the scale.”

Put their thumb on the scale?

This accusation reflects statements by Trump, who repeatedly calls the most respected news outlets in America “fake news.” He’s refers to the New York Times repeatedly as, “The failing New York Times.” Even though the stock price of the Times had more than doubled since Trump entered office.

The Colorado Times Recorder called Coffman’s spokesman Tyler Sandberg to ask if Coffman had any evidence that the New York Times rigged its poll against him.

“I don’t talk to fake news.” Sandberg said. “Thanks.”


Colorado Republicans Mostly Respond To Trump’s Ramped-Up Indecency With More Silence

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This election may be remembered as the year most Republican candidates in Colorado decided not to speak out against Trump. And paid the price.

Across the country, only two Republicans congressional candidates have aired ads distancing themselves from the president.

But the pressure to say something about Trump has spiked in recent days as the President’s rhetoric–widely regarded as offensive–has escalated.

There’s his continued attacks on Democrats who received pipe bombs. And the press is the “true enemy of the people” (after CNN got bomb threats). And his ongoing falsehoods about rag-tag migrant invaders being a serious danger to the country. And more.

Yet, in Colorado, the chosen response of most Republican candidates is silence.

In perhaps the state’s two most important races, taking place in suburban battlegrounds where anger at Trump is high, Republican candidates have yet to say a word about the president.

Christine Jensen, who’s running for a Wheat Ridge senate seat, describes herself as sitting on the right wing of the Republican Party and specifically aligns with Trump on wanting to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

But when asked on her campaign website where she stands on Trump, Jensen won’t say. And she doesn’t return calls seeking comment on the President.

Neither does Republican Beth Martinez Humenik, who’s fighting Democrat Faith Winter to retain her Adams County state senate seat.


A Pueblo Candidate, Who Didn’t Pay Child Support, Posts Meme Criticizing Women Who Keep Children “From A Loving Father”

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A Pueblo state legislative candidate, who failed to pay child support for nearly 17 years, recently shared a Facebook meme stating, “THE REAL DEADBEAT IS THE WOMAN WHO KEEPS HER CHILD FROM A LOVING FATHER.”

Don Bendell, a Republican who’s running for the state house seat occupied by Judy Reyher, admitted that he started paying court-ordered child support after his three children had grown up.

The meme, which depicts a man holding a young girl in his arms, is noteworthy because, by using the phrase “the real deadbeat,” it appears to downplay the problem of fathers, like Bendell himself, who don’t support their children.

Asked about the post by the Colorado Times Recorder, Bendell responded via email:

Bendell: I DID NOT fail to pay child support. I did get behind, owned, and apologized for it. I paid every penny that I owed plus interest. My ex-wife and I lived in Ohio and she took my three children from my first marriage and moved them to NC where she was from in 1979 while I was out of town on a business trip. We got divorced in Ohio and I did not “flee NC authorities,” as I was not even there. Deadbeats run and hide and try not to pay. I DID PAY, every cent. It is old news but salacious and inaccurate slurs have been used against me in this campaign. I have spoken about issues and my solutions for them, and that is what people care about.

I do not downplay men who do not pay, but you are downplaying women who use their children as chess pawns in custody battles to attack loving fathers.

Children should never be put between parents in a divorce as kids always find a way to blame themselves in such  adult matters.

Bendell’s children alerted the Pueblo Chieftain to their father’s history after Bendell was selected by Pueblo-area Republicans to run for the state house seat against Democrat Brianna Buentello.


Gardner To Join Stapleton Thursday For A “Red Wave” Get-Out-The-Vote Tour

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Tickets are available for Thursday’s “Get Out the Vote Tour” with Republican candidate for governor Walker Stapleton and his “special guest,” U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO).

The Nov. 1 events, organized by the Colorado Republican Party, will take place across the state, starting in Grand Junction at 9:30 a.m., Durango at 12:15,  Pueblo at 2:30, and Greeley at 5 p.m.

Free “Red Wave” tickets to attend the events can be reserved on Eventbrite.

“Please join Republican Nominee for Governor, Walker Stapleton, and Special Guest Honorable Cory Gardner on Thursday, November 1st at 9:30 am for our Get Out the Vote Tour! Stapleton will be speaking to attendees about the importance of the upcoming election and volunteering to help with his fight against Congressman Jared Polis!” states the Eventbrite page for the Grand Junction stop.

Gardner’s low approval ratings in Colorado–falling even below Trump at 25 percent earlier this year–didn’t dissuade Stapleton from campaigning with Colorado’s junior senator, who’s up for re-election in 2020.

After Thursdays stops, which skirt the front range, Stapleton continues his tour without Gardner at other locations, including along the front range, through Monday.

Stapleton has repeatedly said he’d like to campaign with Trump as well, but the President’s schedule didn’t permit this, Stapleton told KNUS recently.

Democrats launched their own get-out-the-vote tour last week, featuring a blue bus that’s made stops around the state.

Joining Democratic candidate for governor Jared Polis on the bus yesterday in the Denver area were Democrats Gov. John hickenlooper, Lt. Governor Donna Lynne, former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, and others. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) has also joined the bus along the way.

Polis appeared with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders last week.

Unite Candidates In Durango And Elsewhere Struggle, As Campaign Finance Complaints Mount

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After a much-publicized launch and big plans to become a serious player in Colorado politics, Unite Colorado’s slate of self-described independent candidates has mostly failed to gain traction, been hit with multiple campaign finance complaints, and continued to rely on out-of-state money and wealthy California donors.

The latest setback for the group, formerly known as the Centrist Project, came yesterday when a Durango resident filed a campaign finance complaint against Paul Jones, who’s running against Democratic State Rep. Barbara McLachlan in a swing Southwestern Colorado state house seat.

It’s one of multiple campaign grievances that Unite and its candidates face, and it alleges illegal campaign coordination, which means Jones could face civil charges and serious fines. The Unite Colorado Election Fund is an Independent Expenditure committee, which means it can spend money in support of candidates but not coordinate or strategize with them.

Unite Colorado campaign expenditure report Paul Jones HD59On October 18, however, the committee spent nearly $4,900 on advertising for an event with the candidate himself.

Unite Colorado Director Nick Trioano disputed the amount of money involved in the promotion, stating in a Tweet after the publication of this article, “The event promo cost is 100% false.” 

Trioano did not respond to a request for more details, but it appears that he is not denying that United Colorado promoted the event for Paul Jones but instead correctly disputing the amount of money involved. [See correction below.]

Since September, Unite Colorado and its candidates have been the subject of six campaign finance complaints, all currently listed as open by the Secretary of State. The first complaint, filed last month, is under review by the Attorney General’s office. Four other complaints against Unite Colorado and its candidate campaign committees have been filed this month by longtime conservative gadfy Matt Arnold’s entity, Campaign Integrity Watchdog.

On October 26 the Secretary of State office found that Arnold’s initial complaint against Unite Colorado has “alleged sufficient facts” to merit review.


Right-Wing Radio Host Thinks Stickers on MAGA Van Show Leftist Plot

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Conservatives are spreading unsubstantiated rumors today that Democrats or their allies planted a white van that was seized today in conjunction with the arrest of a suspect in the case involving bombs mailed to Democrats.

Denver talk radio host Randy Corporon shot off the following series of tweets today:

CBS News reported:

Federal authorities covered and seized a white van in Florida after the Department of Justice confirmed an arrest had been made in the bomb investigation. The suspect was arrested at an auto repair shop in Plantation, Florida.

Aerial footage captured images of the van before it was taken away. Some of the van’s windows were covered with stickers.

A phone message seeking a comment from Corporon wasn’t returned, and a search for any evidence backing up the KNUS talk radio host’s conspiratorial tweets turned up nothing.

Trump congratulated law enforcement officials for their work on the case today, after encouraging news outlets earlier to drop the matter and instead cover political issues leading up to the upcoming election.

“Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this “Bomb” stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!” tweeted Trump.

It’s “Sheer Nonsense” To Attack Danielson And Winter For Gun-Safety Votes

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Two Democratic state senate candidates are under attack for voting for bipartisan gun-safety legislation that would allow police to take guns from mentally-ill people.

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO) Super PAC, which opposes restrictions on guns, is running attack ads claiming that State Representatives Faith Winter of Thornton and Jesse Danielson of Wheat Ridge “VOTED to leave you DEFENSELESS.”

Why? Because they backed a so-called “Red Flag” bill that would have allowed law enforcement officials to ask the courts for permission to temporarily seize guns from people who are deemed to pose a “significant risk” to themselves or others. 

The proposed law was also supported this year by second-highest ranking Republican in the Colorado state house.

The Red Flag legislation emerged in response to multiple mass shootings by mentally ill people, including the Aurora theater shooter, who was found by a jury to be insane. The bill aimed to take guns from such people, with a judge’s permission.

Tom Mauser, who lost his son Daniel Mauser in the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, told the Colorado Times Recorder that the “red flag law could have prevented the Aurora theater tragedy” as well as the Parkland High School shooting in Florida.

“I would say to RMGO, how would you would propose to prevent these tragedies?” said Mauser. “There is strong public support for laws like this. This type of law is in place in at least 10 states, including pro-gun states like Indiana and Florida.”

But in RMGO’s opinion, removing guns from the hands of people identified as dangerous not only leaves you “defenseless,” but it also strips “Second Amendment rights from young mothers and college aged women, barring them from owning or carrying a gun.”

Ads mailed to voters went even further, stating that the lawmakers “Voted to GUT Your Right to Self Defense, Leaving You Vulnerable To Thugs and Criminals.”

“RMGO doesn’t present solutions,” said Mauser. “They just make these ridiculous attacks. It is sheer nonsense.”

In response, RMGO Super PAC director Dudley Brown texted the Colorado Times Recorder:

“Tom Mauser never met a gun control [law] he didn’t like,” texted Brown. “Is it any wonder he loves the Red Flag Gun Confiscation laws?”

Brown is widely known for opposing all gun safety legislation, including laws requiring criminal background checks prior to gun purchases. On its website, RMGO bills itself as “Colorado’s Only No-Compromise Gun Rights Organization.”

The red-flag bill was killed in Colorado’s Republican-controlled senate in May, after passing with bipartisan support in the house.

Republicans are trying to hold their one-seat majority in the Colorado state senate in part by defeating Democrats Danielson and Winter in their Jefferson County and Adams County races (Senate Districts 20 and 24).

Danielson faces Republican Christine Jensen, a businesswoman, who’s been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), which favors candidates who oppose most gun control bills. Winter is running against Republican State Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik, who also got the NRA endorsement in the race.

Dark-Money Group That Purchased Illicit Facebook Data To Target Colorado Voters Is Back Again

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Concerned Citizens for Colorado, a dark-money group that purchased Facebook data from the disgraced firm Cambridge Analytica and used the personal information to help win key Colorado senate seats in 2014, is pumping a half million dollars into the Colorado Republican Party again this year.

In 2014, Concerned Citizens used the Facebook information, which was obtained improperly, to create profiles of 136,000 voters in five Colorado swing districts. It paid for the research on behalf of the Republicans’ Senate Majority Fund, a GOP entity charged with winning state senate seats.

Cambridge Analytica told Colorado Republicans that it could, for example, target voters with “neurotic personality traits, for instance, who may respond well to messages that scare them, such as politicians who want to impose tougher gun regulations,” as characterized by The Denver Post.

One of those swing districts where these profiles were used: an Adams County state senate race where Beth Martinez Humenik prevailed by just 900 votes in 2014, helping put the GOP in control of the senate chamber for the first time in a decade.

That’s a key race again this year, as Republicans try to protect their one-seat senate majority, and presumably the outfit that hired Cambridge Analytica is back for a command performance.

After doing its work in Colorado, Cambridge Analytica went on to use Facebook data to help elect Trump in 2016.


FACT CHECK: Republicans Falsely Claim Danielson Is A “California Politician”

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In Facebook ads, Republicans are falsely claiming that Democratic state Senate candidate Jessie Danielson of Wheat Ridge is a “California Politician.”

In fact, Danielson was born in Colorado and grew up near Ault in the northern part of the state. She currently resides in Wheat Ridge.

The Colorado Times Recorder confirmed information from Danielson’s campaign website, which states:

Jessie is the third generation of her family calling Wheat Ridge home. She grew up on her family’s farm near Ault. Her grandmother has resided in Wheat Ridge for nearly sixty years, and Jessie’s mother, aunt and two uncles are all proud graduates of Wheat Ridge High School.

A call to the Senate Majority Fund, which paid for the advertisement, was not returned, but presumably, the Republican organization wants to paint Danielson as an outsider somehow tainted by California.

The baseless attack on Danielson mirrors widespread Republican campaigns to brand Democrats as California radicals.

For example, an outfit called State Solutions, which is connected to the Republican Governors’ Association, paid for a series of “RadiCalifornia” ads, trying to link Jared Polis, the Democratic candidate for governor, to alleged California craziness.

“Jared Polis wants to turn Colorado into RadiCalifornia,” states one of the ads, without mentioning that his Republican opponent, Walker Stapleton, was born in Connecticut. And a lot of Colorado residents weren’t born here, obviously.

Another conservative anti-Polis campaign, DecideColorado, spotlights an alleged threat from California and states that “conservative values are not a crime” and that voters should “make Colorado red again.”

Danielson faces Republican Christine Jensen in the state senate race to represent segments of Jefferson County, including Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Golden, and other communities.

Jenson did not return a call from the Colorado Times Recorder.

Jenson has passed up the opportunity to comment on other topics, including where she stands on President Donald Trump.

It’s Not Too Late For Reporters To Ask More Colorado Candidates Where They Stand On Trump

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It’s past time for reporters to start asking more key Colorado candidates where they stand on Trump.

Don’t yowl that it’s an unfair question, somehow beyond-the-pale partisan because Trump is so unpopular in Colorado and not relevant to state races.

If that’s what you think, you’re wishing you lived in a different America.

Trump’s presidency permeates every single political race and decision in our country, affecting every aspect of government and related issues (Bill of Rights, courts, press, FBI, EPA, voting, and so much more). His rhetoric and style upend civil discourse.

Whether you agree with that or not, you have to admit that Trump is a revolutionary-type force in our country.

As such, the opinions of all candidates about Trump should available to voters.

I don’t mean to say journalists have ignored candidates’ views on Trump, but the reporting has been spotty and, in the legislative races, it’s been absent in many cases, even in the state senate races that are so critical in this election.

I’ve scoured the public record, and called candidates, to find out which Colorado Republicans voted for Trump. Will they do so again? What do they like and don’t like about what he’s done? (I’m assuming Democrats oppose Trump.)

Objectively, these are legitimate questions for any candidate in the year 2018. Yet, many Republicans in key Colorado races have yet to answer them. Here’s what we know so far.


Stapleton Welcomes Trump’s Endorsement

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Walker Stapleton, who’s Colorado’s Republican candidate for governor, welcomed the endorsement of Trump yesterday, telling KNUS radio host Steffan Tubbs that he was “really happy to have the President’s support.”

“I’ll be able to walk in the front door of the White House. Jared Polis won’t get his calls returned,” Stapleton told Tubbs. “That’s not going to help the state of Colorado. And so I’m happy President Trump endorsed me, and I welcome his endorsement.”

Stapleton previously said he wants Trump to campaign with him in Colorado, so his acceptance of Trump’s “complete and total” endorsement doesn’t come as a surprise.

But Stapleton dismissed Tubbs’ question about whether Trump would be coming here, saying only that he doesn’t control the “President’s schedule” or Trump’s “Twitter account.”

Stapleton has little choice but to cozy up to Trump, even though the President lost Colorado by five points in 2016, making such a strategy risky, say political observers.

With Democrats highly energized to vote, and independent voters leaning left in the polls, Stapleton has no chance of winning if even a fraction of the Republican base doesn’t show up at the polls in November, political analysts say.

So if Stapleton were to distance himself from Trump, he’d potentially piss off Trump-loving GOP voters, making them shake their heads in disgust and stay home on election day.

Stapleton isn’t alone among key Colorado Republican candidates in embracing Trump. Others include George Brauchler, who’s running for Attorney General, State Senator Tim Neville of Littleton, who’s a candidate for a critical state senate seat, Brian Watson, who’s running for State Treasurer, and others.

Here’s the text of Stapleton’s comments to Tubbs yesterday:

Stapleton (Here at 21 minutes): I was really happy to have the President’s support, and here’s what Coloradans have to recognize. President Trump is going to be the president for the next two years. And it will help Colorado to have a governor who has a collaborative productive relationship with the White House and President Trump. We rely on the federal government for everything from school funding to infrastructure funding to the future of healthcare in Colorado. I’ll be able to walk in the front door of the White House. Jared Polis won’t get his calls returned. That’s not going to help the state of Colorado. And so I’m happy President Trump endorsed me, and I welcome his endorsement.