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“Liar Keyser,” Pants on Fire

Jon Keyser.

Jon Keyser.

The latest fact-check from Politifact Colorado is quite harsh on GOP U.S. Senate dead man walking candidate Jon Keyser’s new “TV ad,” which has a token presence on television screens after a trifling media buy, and has already been flagged with questionable content by the Denver Post’s John Frank:

“Now Obama wants to give these guys nuclear weapons and Michael Bennet, he was all for it.”

Keyser is among five Republicans vying to win the June 28 primary and the right to take on Bennet in the general election.

He’s not the only Republican attacking a Democratic opponent this election season on the Iran deal, which the Obama administration and five other nations approved in 2015…

Democrats did support the deal, but the intention was clearly not to allow Iran to produce a nuclear weapon. When we rechecked the terms for this fact-check, we found that was still the case.

Keyser’s ad goes a step further to say Obama and Bennet want Iran to produce such a weapon. That incendiary characterization is also not true.

pantsonfireThere’s plenty of disagreement over whether or not the nuclear weapons agreement reached between the Islamic Republican of Iran and a group of the world’s most powerful nations will be effective over the long term in preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. But no one except perhaps a small number of talk-radio crackpots (here’s looking at you, Peter Boyles) would seriously make the allegation that President Barack Obama, the allied nations involved in the negotiations, and U.S. Senators who supported the agreement like Sen. Michael Bennet want Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.

We contacted the Keyser campaign. A spokesman did not provide evidence to back up the claim.

Obviously they couldn’t provide any evidence, because it’s ridiculous.

We assume Keyser is smart enough to know that what he said in this ad is over-the-top false. To throw out this kind of rhetoric in an ad you barely have the money to get aired is clearly a ploy to obtain press coverage, under the theory that even press excoriating you for lying is better than no press–or in Keyser’s case, the past month of totally disastrous press about his campaign’s alleged petition fraud.

The problem is that the press didn’t let him have even the one news cycle needed to make the ploy work. They started with the token buy, and moved right into the false claims without giving Keyser anything he could use.

All of which makes Keyser’s incendiary “Hail Mary” look like the last desperate act of a candidate who has already lost.

RedState Gathering Moves Mountains To Denver

In mid-August, most of the conservative media- and pundit-sphere will descend on Denver for the 8th Annual RedState Gathering at the Grand Hyatt:

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We’re excited to bring the 2016 RedState Gathering to Denver, Colorado! Join us, along with hundreds of other grassroots activisits, as we rally 90 days before the most important election of our lifetime. History is ours for the making.

The RedState gathering is a big deal among the conservative glitterati, with the host committee for the conference including such big names as Hugh Hewitt, Katie Pavlich, and Erick Erickson. Also our favorite local carnival barker and radio host Peter Boyles, which proves they aren’t doing background checks.

And yes, folks, you’ll notice that their website’s splashy graphic of the Denver skyline does not have mountains found anywhere near Denver depicted in it. After some time spent looking closely, we think that’s the Sneffels Range located in the San Juan Mountains. If that’s right, we can at least congratulate RedState for Photoshopping in mountains that are actually located in the state of Colorado, which a lot of Republican campaigns have had trouble with over the years. With that said it’s a 325-mile drive from Denver to the Sneffels Wilderness, so this picture is as close as attendees are going to get.

Hopefully boring old Mount Evans isn’t too much of a letdown.

Meet The New Vice Chairman of the Adams County GOP

Adams County GOP vice-chair John Sampson.

Adams County GOP vice-chair John Sampson.

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Adams County GOP vice chairman John Sampson responds (via his Facebook page), after reader Elliot Fladen alerts him to the existence of this blog post:

Elliot, went to the link, read the post. First, I know Mr. Salzman from prior encounters. Second, what they quoted was the quote from THE ARTICLE, not from me, but yet, made it look as if I said it myself. This was an article that was written ostensibly by a public defender in a major Southern city. I tried in vain to see if this was what is euphemistically called an "urban legend" through SNOPES and they had nothing disputing the article's authenticity. My statement was intended to convey that until SNOPES or some other group determines conclusively this is bogus, it stands. I merely posted an article that I vetted as best I could that a Public Defender had these rather unusual comments. Mr. Salzman, you might want to write this down. "I do not judge people by the color of their skin, their national origin, their gender, their sexual orientation, or any other such thing. I JUDGE THEM BY THE CONTENT OF THEIR CHARACTER OR LACK THEROF. Period. Anyone who has taken the time to get to know me, knows that I don't see color, nor gender, nor race, nor national origin, etc. It's not WHAT you are that counts, sir, it's WHO you are. Got it?

…Oh yeah, one other thing. Col. West, the person who sent me this article in the first place, if you haven't noticed, is black. I hold him in high esteem and consider him a friend. I have MET him in person twice, have spoken to him one on one, and have an undying respect for him. So much for me being a racist, Jason.

Got that? Sampson got the American Renaissance white nationalist piece from "Tea Party" icon Allen West, a black man! And Sampson has met this black man at least twice, so obviously he's not a racist.

Makes perfect sense to us.

As it turns out, Sampson is not the first Republican to step on this particular land mine. Last month, Dave Agema, a Republican National Committee member from Michigan, was formally censured by the RNC for reposting the same article to his Facebook page. Agema's excuse that he "got the article from Allen West, a black guy" didn't impress the RNC, who has also called for Agema's resignation.

So yes, maybe it's time for Sampson to rejoin Peter Boyles in the hunt for Barack Obama's social security number instead of fronting the Republican party's "outreach" in swing Adams County.

On the other hand, Democrats might hope he sticks around. Original post follows.

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In 2012, our friend and media critic blogger Jason Salzman had a field day with a Republican state senate candidate out of Adams County, whose appearances on local radio were…colorful to say the least. The Denver Post's Curtis Hubbard rated GOP SD-25 candidate John Sampson #5 on his list of "Colorado's Top Birthers," after Sampson insisted on the air with local shock-jock Peter Boyles that President Barack Obama "is using a social security number that was issued to somebody residing in Connecticut in March of 1977."

In case you're wondering, Snopes debunked this one a year before Sampson repeated it.

John Sampson lost his election bid against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Hodge in 2012, but has stayed active in Adams County Republican politics. This week, Sampson was elected vice-chairman of the Adams County Republican Party–taking up a key role in a county considered vital to the GOP's future viability after a surprisingly strong performance there in 2014.

A quick look at Sampson's Facebook page reveals he was probably definitely the wrong choice for this job. On December 29th, Sampson posted an article to his Facebook page from American Renaissance–a white nationalist publication listed in the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Extremist Files." From the American Renaissance article Sampson posted:

My experience has…taught me that blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike. [Pols emphasis]

Sampson's comment on this, um, story? "I tried to verify this through SNOPES and there is nothing out there to disprove this." To which we can only respond:

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And if the goal is really to make new friends, it's time for the Adams County GOP to find a new vice-chair.

Republicans Concede Colorado House, Still Awaiting Senate

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The Denver Post's John Aguilar reports:

Republican officials conceded Friday morning that they won't be able to gain enough seats to take majority control of the Colorado House.

They have scheduled elections to choose minority leadership positions at 1 p.m. Friday.

House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, said he was gratified the party picked up at least three seats after being down 37-28 in the last legislative session…

GOP House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso's statement reads less like a concession and more like the next talk-radio conspiracy theory:

“This election we had an uphill battle. Democrats gerrymandered the house district maps, rammed through their highly-partisan election laws, and out spent us 3-1. The fact that we picked up at least three seats and came less than 500 votes from gaining control of the House is a great success.

“In this election, almost 190,000 more Coloradans chose to vote for a House Republican instead of a House Democrat. That difference is more than three times the margin of victory in Colorado’s gubernatorial race, but shockingly still not enough to secure the House majority.”

Apparently Rep. DelGrosso didn't get the memo that Colorado's "highly partisan election law" didn't hurt Republicans in the least–but again, talking points are almost always a few months behind events. And before anyone gets carried away with this latest bit of "treacherous Democrat gerrymandering" apocrypha, understand that there were a significant number of uncontested races this year that shrink the number of Republican votes actually cast against Democrats to a much smaller figure.

Since the mail ballot fraud conspiracy doesn't appear to have lived up to billing, it's good to see that gerrymandering is there as a fallback for Peter Boyles listener community!

In other news, counting continues at a snail's pace in Adams County, where the unexpectedly pivotal SD-24 race remains undecided–and with it, whether Democrats will have undivided control of the Colorado General Assembly. We'll update as further results come in today–the latest word is that Judy Solano is still closing on Republican Beth Humenik with about 6,500 ballots left to count. Depending on how close the final count there is, the allowed time for problem ballots to be "cured," and potentially a recount, may apply.

RMGO Busy Getting Favored Candidates Nominated

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A last-minute plea from Rocky Mountain Gun Owners executive director Dudley Brown today touts endorsements for Senate District 19 Republican Senate candidate Laura Woods, as the clock winds down to next Tuesday's GOP primary elections:

For the past several weeks, you've received many e-mails from me urging you to vote for conservative Republican Laura Woods in the June 24th Primary Election for Senate District 19.

However, I don't just want you to take my word for it, but also consider the other conservative champions who are supporting Laura, including:

Top-rated conservative State Representative Justin Everett,
Weld County Sheriff and gun rights lawsuit leader John Cooke,
Former U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong, 
State Senator Ted Harvey, and
Former State Senator Dave Schultheis.

Now, these individuals know exactly what it takes to fight for your Constitutional rights.

Take it from these proven conservative leaders, and vote for Republican Laura Woods in the June 24th Primary Election.

With a tag team of Bill Armstrong and Dave Schultheis in her corner, how can anybody stand in Laura Waters Woods' way? And since this is an RMGO email, there is of course a healthy portion of recycled scumbagging for Woods' opponent, two-time loser Lang Sias:

You may have even heard Laura on morning talk radio shows like Peter Boyles, as a key spokesperson for the recall effort.

If you did hear her, then you know just how passionate and committed she is about protecting our rights. 

Unfortunately, Lang Sias, a handpicked liberal, establishment Republican, has chosen to run a primary against Laura. 

If you’ve read our emails before, you know by now that Lang Sias has already attempted to run for office TWICE in the last two election cycles and LOST – even to Evie Hudak!

Tony Sanchez.

Tony Sanchez.

RMGO is working every bit as hard to ensure their endorsed Republican candidate in Senate District 22, Tony Sanchez, beats Republican attorney Mario Nicolais. What we've heard is that in both of these races, and others where RMGO has made a primary endorsement, a robust field campaign with no shortage of volunteers is busily underway–making it quite likely that Colorado's "no compromise" gun rights organization is going to have a very good night on Tuesday.

Electability in November, of course, is another matter, but until next Wednesday morning, you won't find any Democrats raining on RMGO's parade.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates (Mostly) Get Bratty

Bob Beauprez, Scott Gessler, Tom Tancredo.

Bob Beauprez, Scott Gessler, Tom Tancredo.

FOX 31's Eli Stokols reports on the continuing reverberations from Tuesday's stunning ouster of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by an underdog Tea Party-backed challenger:

With precious days left to sway primary voters, three of the four Colorado Republicans seeking their party’s gubernatorial nomination are aligning themselves with the anti-establishment wave that just toppled the second most powerful Republican in the U.S. House, majority leader Eric Cantor.

After Cantor lost his seat Tuesday night to a virtually unknown professor, Dave Brat, due to strong support from anti-Cantor forces within conservative talk radio and beyond, Tom Tancredo, Scott Gessler and Mike Kopp openly celebrated.

“If I were a drinking man, I’d have been drunk last night. I’d have been celebrating like crazy,” Tancredo said on the Peter Boyles Show Wednesday morning after the host referred to Cantor’s defeat as a “bitch-slapping.”

Eric Cantor (R-Toxicity).

Eric Cantor (R-Toxicity).

Jason Salzman has more on Tancredo's jubilation after Cantor's defeat, being a perceived validation of Tancredo's own anti-immigration brand. As for the one Colorado GOP gubernatorial candidate who is conspicuously not celebrating Cantor's defeat–the one Cantor endorsed, longtime Washington, D.C. insider Bob Beauprez? The Denver Post's Joey Bunch reports:

Beauprez characterized Cantor as “colleague and a friend.”

“”We worked together to pass the Bush tax cuts in 2003 and to support Israel,” he said, then referenced his ballot petition signatures. “While I appreciate his endorsement of our campaign, I’ve also been endorsed by more than 23,000 Coloradans who believe that I will be a conservative voice for them as Colorado’s next governor.”

Democrats and Republicans opposing Beauprez in e-mails and on Twitter Tuesday night challenged whether the Cantor loss signaled a distaste for such establishment candidates. Beauprez’s campaign spokesman, Roger Hudson, pointed out that Cantor made tactical campaign mistakes — essentially not campaigning nearly enough — that Beauprez won’t repeat…

One of these responses is definitely not like the others. Beauprez couldn't be in a worse position today, as a friend of Cantor's from Congress who sought and won Cantor's early endorsement in the Colorado gubernatorial race. Today, Eric Cantor's endorsement is the kiss of death in a Republican primary, of even less value than the Mitt Romney endorsement Beauprez was so oddly proud of last month. Rep. Cory Gardner faces similar problems as another erstwhile Cantor ally, which is probably why we haven't heard anything from Gardner about Cantor's defeat. Judging from Beauprez's response, Gardner's not going to have an easy time spinning this one.

What's the opposite of "coattails," again?

Tom Tancredo Knows What He’s Doing

Dog and Tancredo

Mr. and Mrs. Dog have been Tancredo supporters for years.

As you have read here and elsewhere, a group of Republicans who really don't want to see Tom Tancredo as their Party's nominee for Governor are doing everything they can to try to convince him to exit the race. But the calls, warnings, and threats from Republicans aren't working on Tancredo, who has his own formula for winning a Republican Primary that may just make him the GOP nominee next month.

Tonight Tancredo's campaign is hosting a fundraiser with Dog the Bounty Hunter ("and Beth"), a colorful couple who are longtime supporters of Tancredo. It's easy to make jokes about Tancredo backers such as the "Dog family" and Ted Nugent, but in doing so, it's important to understand that Tancredo knows exactly what he is doing here.

Check out what Tancredo said earlier this week (on the Peter Boyles show) in response to the news that former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was endorsing Republican Bob Beauprez for Governor:

You know, and I told [Beauprez] at the time, ‘Look,’ – because he was saying, ‘You get out of the race. I’ll get in.’ And I said, ‘Bob, I have 7,000 contributors.’ You know what, Peter? It’s now over 10,000 individual contributors to my campaign. [Do] you know what the average is? Sixty-seven dollars. God love these people. I’ll take their endorsement any day over Mitt Romney’s. I’ll tell you that right now.

Tancredo has always had a very dedicated and loyal base behind him, and while it hasn't been enough to propel him to elected office outside of his former Congressional seat, it will surely be formidable in June.

The Tanc has talked before about how a four-way Primary for Governor is not too dissimilar from when he won a close five-way Primary in 1998 for the GOP nomination in CD-6. Forget about the General Election and whether Tancredo can win in November, because what matters first and foremost us getting the Republican nomination — and Tancredo understands that dynamic better than most politicians.

There were just about 410,000 votes cast in the 2010 Primary for U.S. Senate (Ken Buck vs. Jane Norton); Buck won that Primary with 212,000 votes, or about 51% of the GOP vote. But in a four-way Primary, Tancredo needs only a fraction of that total in order to secure the GOP nomination for Governor. That's why Tancredo isn't listening to Republican calls for him to exit the race — he knows the numbers and he knows he can get there. November might be a different story, but that's a different election at a different time for Tancredo.

For all his problems and controversies, Tom Tancredo knows how to win a crowded Republican Primary…and that's why he's still the frontrunner today.

 

These Anti-Obamacare Ads Are Really Getting Stale

UPDATE #6: Los Angeles Times:

The problem is the photograph was taken two days after the July 2012 mass shootings at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, when Udall and Obama visited a hospital to console the injured and families of the victims. Gov. John Hickenlooper, who was also on the scene, was cropped out of the advertisement.

Several families of the victims were quick to condemn the use of the photo, calling it “an utter disgrace.”

“To insinuate the somber expressions were for anything other than their compassionate response to our heartbreak is beyond unconscionable,” the families said in a written statement.

Americans for Prosperity quickly removed the photograph and apologized to the families, replacing the offending shot with another photo of the senator and the president — shown in a ghoulish shade as a female narrator criticizes Udall for his healthcare vote.

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UPDATE #5: The original ad has now been taken down, but not before we grabbed a copy for posterity:

You can see the new version, without the photo from the Aurora shooting aftermath here.

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UPDATE #4: The Denver Post's Lynn Bartels:

"They will do anything and don't care who they hurt," [Sandy Phillips] said. "They took a picture showing great compassion for the parents and people of that shooting and made it twisted."

…The group has since removed the photo from the ad, said Adam Nicholson, state communications manager for AFP.

AFP's Colorado's director Dustin Zvonek said of pulling the image from its ad: "Fortunately we can and will change the image. Sen. Udall can't change his record that led to over 335,000 Coloradans receiving letters indicating that their health care policy had been canceled."

AFP Colorado later used its Twitter account to say: "AFP regrets erroneously using the image; and we sincerely apologize to Aurora families."

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UPDATE #3: Via Eli Stokols, Americans for Prosperity is pulling and recutting the ad to remove the offensive image:

Had to get another shot in there, did they? This comes just as family members of Aurora shooting victims issue a statement demanding the ad be removed from broadcast:

Aurora Victim Family Members Demand AFP Pull Ad with Image from Theater Tragedy

Family members whose loved ones were killed in the Aurora Theater shooting on July 20, 2012, today issued the following statement in response to an AFP television ad attacking Senator Udall over Obamacare:

"The use of an image taken from the President's visit to Colorado to meet with us after our children were killed in the Aurora Theater shooting is an utter disgrace. And to insinuate the somber expressions were for anything other than their compassionate response to our heartbreak is beyond unconscionable. Americans for Prosperity is exploiting our tragedy for political gain and this ad should be pulled from the air immediately. We hope Colorado television stations will exercise sound judgment and not air this ad until AFP removes the image."

Theresa Hoover, mother of AJ Boik
Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, parents of Jessica Ghawi
Terry and Tom Sullivan, parents of Alex Sullivan
Caren and Tom Teves, parents of Alex Teves

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For the Love Of…STOP USING AURORA SHOOTING PHOTOS for Political Stories

What is it with right-wing political commentators and their complete inability to do a simple search on the origin of a photo? We pointed this out, again, when radio talk show host Peter Boyles used a photoshopped image from a moment during which elected officials were greeting each other somberly after the Aurora theater Shootings.

The right-wing outlet "The Daily Caller" is attempting to drub some kind of scandal into Sen. Mark Udall's research into claims that hundreds of thousands of Coloradans received incomplete notices about changes resulting from Obamacare — a "scandal" that has already been debunked as nonsense on numerous occasions.

Sen. Mark Udall at the Aurora Theater Shooting site in 2012.

Sen. Mark Udall and President Obama at an event held in the aftermath of the 2012 Aurora theater shootings.

Naturally, whenever right-wing outlets are trying to create a scandal out of thin air, they always like to imply that President Obama is somehow involved as well. That's probably why "The Daily Caller" used the picture on your right in their story.

Here's the caption for the photo at right, as supplied by Saul Loeb of AFP/Getty Images:

President Obama, joined by Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., tells a story he heard from one of the shooting victims about holding her fingers on her best friend's neck to stop the bleeding. The president spoke during a visit to the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colo.

It's not overly difficult to do a Google image search and check the source of your picture. This picture misuse isn't nearly as bad as the more commonly-photoshopped picture that also includes Sen. Michael Bennet and Gov. John Hickenlooper (here's one of the most egregious examples), but it's still an inappropriate use of a photo taken during a terrible time in Colorado — and around the country. Whatever emotions the reader might infer from this picture are unfair to a lot of people.

Tom Tancredo Doesn’t Apologize. For Anything. Ever.

UPDATE: In response to claims by Tom Tancredo to CBS4 that he was being verbally harassed by "thugs" immediately prior to the video clip of him flipping off a pro-Evie Hudak cameraman, we received a longer version of the video clip in question showing the moments prior to Tancredo's gesture. As you can see, the altercation Tancredo described to reporter Shaun Boyd isn't supported by video evidence:

The only dialogue in this video appears to be a pair of pro-recall workers questioning the camera operator about a sign he's holding, which claims signatures are being "sold" for $3. The cameraman approaches the vehicle containing Tancredo without saying anything, and makes no attempt we can see to harass Tancredo. The only thing we can see that could have provoked Tancredo was the content of the sign itself.

You'd think that "tough guy" Tancredo wouldn't have to tell a lie about being accosted to justify his giving of the finger, which he certainly seems willing enough to take credit for. On the other hand, it's what most bullies say when they get caught.

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CBS 4's Shaun Boyd caught up with GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Congressman Tom Tancredo yesterday, and asked him some questions about the video clip, first seen on Colorado Pols, of him giving a supporters of embattled Sen. Evie Hudak the finger this past weekend.

Tancredo told CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd that if he becomes governor he’s not going to be giving people the middle finger at the Capitol, but he has no regrets about the incident caught on tape…

“I wasn’t speaking to him. I was walking back to the vehicle with two ladies next to me and he yells, ‘Get (expletive),’ “ Tancredo said. “And he comes over the car and leans in (motions with finger), and I flipped him off.”

Tancredo says he gave him what he deserved.

“Look, this guy is a thug, and you have to talk to thugs in a language they understand,” he said.

For the record, we posted the entire 16 seconds of video we were forwarded, which reportedly occurred at the intersection of 112th and Sheridan last Saturday. We don't know anything about the events leading up to Tancredo's "one-finger salute" of this anti-recall demonstrator to comment on that one way or the other (we do now, see update).

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Anti-Recall Demonstrators Hit Arvada Streets

SUNDAY UPDATE: We've seen a few photos now from Senate District 19 recall protests and counter-protests, but here's one forwarded photo that may win the irony prize:

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Thanks for sharing, middle-aged white dude.

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We have yet to see news coverage of this, but for the second weekend in a row, an energetic counter-protest in response to the paid signature gathering crews working to recall Democratic Sen. Evie Hudak of Arvada is visible on many street corners in this northwest Denver suburb today:

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No word yet on any thugs or counter-thugs as threatened by right wing talk radio this week, but we'll update with developments and coverage as we see it published. We're interested in reports, photos, etc. from the scene in Senate District 19–please post them in comments or send them to webmaster@coloradopols.com.

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The Tanc Is Back

Tom Tancredo.

Tom Tancredo.

As the Denver Post's Kurtis Lee reported late last night:

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, known for his strong stances on immigration, said late Wednesday night he plans to formally announce a run for governor on a conservative talk radio show Thursday.

“This Dunlap thing is the last straw,” said Tancredo in a message.

As most of our readers know, former Rep. Tom Tancredo challenged Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2010, following the implosion of leading GOP contender Scott McInnis in a plagiarism scandal leaving the hopelessly unqualified Dan Maes as the Republican nominee. Tancredo temporarily affiliated with the minor American Constitution Party to mount his bid, as it was too late for him to run as a Republican.

Notwithstanding whatever boost a Tancredo campaign might get in the short run from Hickenlooper's controversial decision to grant a reprieve to convicted murderer Nathan Dunlap, the fact remains that Tancredo is a symbol of everything the modern GOP is trying to get away from. Tancredo's anti-immigrant obsession has made him a repellent figure among the fast-group bloc of voters in the United States, and his frequent extreme rhetorical outbursts make Tancredo a severe liability to his political allies every time he grabs a microphone.

Having said that, he did get lots of endorsements in 2010, and just over 36% of the vote in a three-way race.

Does Tancredo have the clout in Republican circles to forestall a widely-expected primary? Or will we see a drawn-out contest between Tancredo, Greg Brophy, Scott Gessler–and maybe others? We, and Gov. Hickenlooper, will be watching closely.

UPDATE: As announced on Peter Boyles' radio show this morning:

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Laundry List of Politicos Line Up Behind Kerr

If Brian Carroll and Andy Szekeres had any hopes that there would be at least a few elected officials backing Carroll’s intent to put Rep. Andy Kerr into a primary, they’re probably long gone now.

Kerr’s first e-mail invite to his high profile fundraising event at State Senator Pat Steadman’s home read like a who’s who of Colorado’s GLBT advocacy community.

The follow up e-mail, though, reads like a who’s who of Democratic politics:

Sen. Betty Boyd • Sen. Morgan Carroll • Hon. Terrance Carroll • Rep. Edward Casso • Rep. Lois Court • Rep. Rhonda Fields • Hon. Sara Gagliardi • Rep. Deb Gardner • Rep. Millie Hamner • Sen. Rollie Heath • Sen. Mary Hodge • Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst • Sen. Mike Johnston • Rep. Matt Jones • Rep. Daniel Kagan • Rep. John Kefalas • Hon. Robin Kniech • Rep. Pete Lee • Rep. Claire Levy • Hon. Alice Madden • Rep. Beth McCann • Rep. Wes McKinley • Rep. Joe Miklosi • Hon. Dominick Moreno • Sen. John Morse • Rep. Dan Pabon • House Minority Leader Sal Pace • Hon. Dianne Primavera • Hon. Joe Rice • Hon. Andrew Romanoff • Rep. Su Ryden • Sen. Gail Schwartz • Senate President Brandon Shaffer • Rep. Judy Solano • Rep. John Soper • Rep. Nancy Todd • Rep. Max Tyler • Rep. Angela Williams • Rep. Roger Wilson • Rep. Dave Young

Anthony Aragon • David Beller • Brian Boyles • Mike Brewer • Bobby Clark & Shaun Cartwright • Brad Clark • D.J. Close • Adam Crowley • Will Coyne • Jessie Danielson • Lauri Dannemiller • Preston Dickey & Jon Corrigan • Adam Eichberg • Dennis Hamann • Phil Hayes • Andy Kabza • Courtney Law & Sonja Semion • Scott Martinez • Lynne Mason • Pete Maysmith • Bob Nogueira • Dr. Christopher Ott • Paul Rosenthal • Amy Runyon-Harms • Dan Schoen • Roger Sherman • Andrew Short • Jeff Thormodsgaard • Dr. Mark Thrun • Terry Todd • Ted Trimpa • Jamie Van Leeuwen & Matt Derrington • Jen Walmer • Benjamin Waters • Linda Weinerman • Darrell Watson & Mike Wenk • Julie Whitacre • Andy White • Karen Wick • Gary Wockner • Jess & Addison Woodrum

cordially invite you to a fundraiser in support of pro-equality hero

Andy Kerr

Kerr’s event is being co-hosted (even if honorarily) by nearly every noteworthy Democrat involved with the legislature in some capacity. If Carroll and company didn’t take the hint before, they’re certainly paying attention now. It’s a hard message to ignore: Democrats support Andy Kerr, and they don’t support Carroll’s primary challenge.  

Of course, Carroll probably does enjoy the implicit support of at least one state representative: Ken Summers. We’re sure the Republican is overjoyed at the prospects of Democratic in-fighting in the race to capture his seat.

(Cross-posted from Jeffco Pols)

Laundry List of Politicos Line Up Behind Kerr

If Brian Carroll and Andy Szekeres had any hopes that there would be at least a few elected officials backing Carroll’s intent to put Rep. Andy Kerr into a primary, they’re probably long gone now.

Kerr’s first e-mail invite to his high profile fundraising event at State Senator Pat Steadman’s home read like a who’s who of Colorado’s GLBT advocacy community.

The follow up e-mail, though, reads like a who’s who of Democratic politics:

Sen. Betty Boyd • Sen. Morgan Carroll • Hon. Terrance Carroll • Rep. Edward Casso • Rep. Lois Court • Rep. Rhonda Fields • Hon. Sara Gagliardi • Rep. Deb Gardner • Rep. Millie Hamner • Sen. Rollie Heath • Sen. Mary Hodge • Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst • Sen. Mike Johnston • Rep. Matt Jones • Rep. Daniel Kagan • Rep. John Kefalas • Hon. Robin Kniech • Rep. Pete Lee • Rep. Claire Levy • Hon. Alice Madden • Rep. Beth McCann • Rep. Wes McKinley • Rep. Joe Miklosi • Hon. Dominick Moreno • Sen. John Morse • Rep. Dan Pabon • House Minority Leader Sal Pace • Hon. Dianne Primavera • Hon. Joe Rice • Hon. Andrew Romanoff • Rep. Su Ryden • Sen. Gail Schwartz • Senate President Brandon Shaffer • Rep. Judy Solano • Rep. John Soper • Rep. Nancy Todd • Rep. Max Tyler • Rep. Angela Williams • Rep. Roger Wilson • Rep. Dave Young

Anthony Aragon • David Beller • Brian Boyles • Mike Brewer • Bobby Clark & Shaun Cartwright • Brad Clark • D.J. Close • Adam Crowley • Will Coyne • Jessie Danielson • Lauri Dannemiller • Preston Dickey & Jon Corrigan • Adam Eichberg • Dennis Hamann • Phil Hayes • Andy Kabza • Courtney Law & Sonja Semion • Scott Martinez • Lynne Mason • Pete Maysmith • Bob Nogueira • Dr. Christopher Ott • Paul Rosenthal • Amy Runyon-Harms • Dan Schoen • Roger Sherman • Andrew Short • Jeff Thormodsgaard • Dr. Mark Thrun • Terry Todd • Ted Trimpa • Jamie Van Leeuwen & Matt Derrington • Jen Walmer • Benjamin Waters • Linda Weinerman • Darrell Watson & Mike Wenk • Julie Whitacre • Andy White • Karen Wick • Gary Wockner • Jess & Addison Woodrum

cordially invite you to a fundraiser in support of pro-equality hero

Andy Kerr

Kerr’s event is being co-hosted (even if honorarily) by nearly every noteworthy Democrat involved with the legislature in some capacity. If Carroll and company didn’t take the hint before, they’re certainly paying attention now. It’s a hard message to ignore: Democrats support Andy Kerr, and they don’t support Carroll’s primary challenge.  

Of course, Carroll probably does enjoy the implicit support of at least one state representative: Ken Summers. We’re sure the Republican is overjoyed at the prospects of Democratic in-fighting in the race to capture his seat.  

Hancock Denies Link to Prostitution Ring Five Days Before Election Day

Cross-posted from Colorado Pols



From Westword, via Complete Colorado:

The Denver mayor’s race has grown unexpectedly nasty, with frontrunner Michael Hancock being targeted with false claims that Tom Tancredo endorsed him and more. The latest? A Complete Colorado report that attempts to link Hancock to the Denver Players prostitution ring that spelled doom for Judge Edward Nottingham. Hancock’s campaign manager sees the report as utterly false and reprehensible.

Complete Colorado builds its story on a document on view below and accessible by clicking here. It’s basically a log sheet that lists a “John” referred to as “Mike Handcock,” a payment amount of $275 and the notation “Wrks4City.” Prior to launching his mayoral bid, Hancock was a city councilman.

Campaign manager Evan Dreyer confirms that the number listed on the document is the same as Hancock’s personal cell — a topic of conversation this morning on Peter Boyles’s KHOW talk show. Nonetheless, he stresses that the report is “categorically untrue,” adding, “Michael and the campaign have endured negative, false, deceptive attack after attack for months, so nobody should really be surprised at this. The thing that’s different about this one is just the personal nature of it, and how shameful it is.”

When we first saw this story yesterday on the hideously-designed conservative site Complete Colorado, we waited to weigh in while we considered the story and the source. Embedding a PDF of a mostly-blacked out document isn’t exactly a smoking gun, after all.

But the one thing that we kept coming back to as we considered the story is this: If these allegations are really just “a political hit job,” then why are they coming out now?

If you were anti-Hancock, or just preferred his opponent, Chris Romer, and you wanted to use this as a way to damage Hancock’s campaign for Mayor, why would you sit on this until less than a week to go before Election Day — particularly when the voting is all being done by mail? Today is the last day that you can still mail your ballot and feel assured that it will arrive at the Denver Clerk’s office in time to be counted — there’s simply not enough time for this story to have a significant impact on the outcome of the Mayor’s race. If you wanted to use this story to impact the race for Mayor, you needed to put it out last week at the latest. We still need to see more proof to believe this story, but the too-late timing of its release actually makes it slightly more plausible.

All of this got us thinking about this story not in terms of the race for Mayor but about what comes next. If this story is true — and that’s a big “if” — and Hancock ends up winning the election on Tuesday…then what? Hancock has talked frequently about his plan, for example, to hire a new Police Chief and Manager of Safety, but he’d have a tough time legitimately overhauling the Denver Police Department if he himself was involved with a notorious prostitution ring. If this story is true, Hancock would step into office with one hand tied behind his back — and that’s assuming he would even make it to the inauguration. The calls for Hancock to step down would begin immediately if more came out about this story.

With just a few days to go until the votes are tallied for Mayor, this story is unlikely to have much of an impact on the outcome of the race. But that doesn’t mean it is necessarily any less significant.

Hancock Denies Link to Prostitution Ring Five Days Before Election Day

From Westword, via Complete Colorado:

The Denver mayor’s race has grown unexpectedly nasty, with frontrunner Michael Hancock being targeted with false claims that Tom Tancredo endorsed him and more. The latest? A Complete Colorado report that attempts to link Hancock to the Denver Players prostitution ring that spelled doom for Judge Edward Nottingham. Hancock’s campaign manager sees the report as utterly false and reprehensible.

Complete Colorado builds its story on a document on view below and accessible by clicking here. It’s basically a log sheet that lists a “John” referred to as “Mike Handcock,” a payment amount of $275 and the notation “Wrks4City.” Prior to launching his mayoral bid, Hancock was a city councilman.

Campaign manager Evan Dreyer confirms that the number listed on the document is the same as Hancock’s personal cell — a topic of conversation this morning on Peter Boyles’s KHOW talk show. Nonetheless, he stresses that the report is “categorically untrue,” adding, “Michael and the campaign have endured negative, false, deceptive attack after attack for months, so nobody should really be surprised at this. The thing that’s different about this one is just the personal nature of it, and how shameful it is.”

When we first saw this story yesterday on the hideously-designed conservative site Complete Colorado, we waited to weigh in while we considered the story and the source. Embedding a PDF of a mostly-blacked out document isn’t exactly a smoking gun, after all.

But the one thing that we kept coming back to as we considered the story is this: If these allegations are really just “a political hit job,” then why are they coming out now?

If you were anti-Hancock, or just preferred his opponent, Chris Romer, and you wanted to use this as a way to damage Hancock’s campaign for Mayor, why would you sit on this until less than a week to go before Election Day — particularly when the voting is all being done by mail? Today is the last day that you can still mail your ballot and feel assured that it will arrive at the Denver Clerk’s office in time to be counted — there’s simply not enough time for this story to have a significant impact on the outcome of the Mayor’s race. If you wanted to use this story to impact the race for Mayor, you needed to put it out last week at the latest. We still need to see more proof to believe this story, but the too-late timing of its release actually makes it slightly more plausible.

All of this got us thinking about this story not in terms of the race for Mayor but about what comes next. If this story is true — and that’s a big “if” — and Hancock ends up winning the election on Tuesday…then what? Hancock has talked frequently about his plan, for example, to hire a new Police Chief and Manager of Safety, but he’d have a tough time legitimately overhauling the Denver Police Department if he himself was involved with a notorious prostitution ring. If this story is true, Hancock would step into office with one hand tied behind his back — and that’s assuming he would even make it to the inauguration. The calls for Hancock to step down would begin immediately if more came out about this story.

With just a few days to go until the votes are tallied for Mayor, this story is unlikely to have much of an impact on the outcome of the race. But that doesn’t mean it is necessarily any less significant.

Dan Maes Still Mad…At Everybody

Republican Dan Maes, the 2010 GOP nominee for Governor (it still feels weird to write that) is apparently not letting his bygones, uh, be.

We didn’t have a chance to get to this earlier in the week, but didn’t want to forget to mention it. On Tuesday, Maes sent out a long note to supporters and people who “want the truth” detailing his continued anger at Tom Tancredo, Steve Durham, Bob Beauprez, Josh Penry, etc., etc. We were forwarded Maes’ “newsletter” as it appeared on a Facebook page, and we’ve included the entire missive after the jump.

The 2010 election is old news, certainly, but it’s interesting to read Maes’ detailed account of some of the events leading up to his nomination for Governor, as well as his calling out a handful of Republicans individually:

Bob Beauprez – you broke my heart.  You mentored me and you called me from Chicago right after the assembly to congratulate me personally.  Your radio commercial was a betrayal to me and conservative voters.

Freda Poundstone – you called me 4-5 times a day, even at 7:00 AM on the weekend to snoop around while acting like you supported me.  Shame on you.  You gave 300.00 to another candidate and told him not to cash it until after his election.  The games you played.

Josh Penry – you were a hired gun that could not hit a target.  Your political capital is gone except in parts of GJ and with some of your cronies.

Greg Brophy – you sell out to whomever Penry tells you to.

Ted Harvey – be thankful for your strong R base in Douglas County.  Their loyalty to you is admirable and your loss for chair has been your chastisement.

Click after the jump to read the full “newsletter,” complete with references to The Christmas Story, Men In Black and a sermon about giving forgiveness 77 times.

 

Calling A Spade a Spade

IF YOU DO NOT WANT THE TRUTH YOU CAN UNSUBSCRIBE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE NEWSLETTER.

There are many classic movie bullies.  One of my favorites is the kid from The Christmas Story.  You remember him don’t you?  The tall one with the coonskin cap, braces on his teeth, and a bad chip on his shoulders.  Ralphie got his vengeance one day when he finally lost his cool and pummeled the poor kid with years of rage that had built up.  A classic!

Next to the common bully or gang of thugs is the more annoying one.  Come on, you know the one.  The short one with the big mouth.  He wants to be the bully but only talks smack when his gang is around to protect him.  If he spoke without the gang he would likely get his butt kicked.

These guys are not usually welcome at the spring formal or invited to the social event of the year.  Why?  Because they are who they are, they ticked off the wrong people, or they simply went over the line one too many times and no one wants them around.  If they show up, you know there is going to be trouble and it’s better for everyone if they just stay away.

Well, the bully of the 2010 election has decided he wants to hang out with the popular kids and he just is not feeling the love (tissue please).  That’s right, Tom Tancredo has friends trying to grease the skids for him at Lincoln Day Dinners.  “Uh hem, Mrs. Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth would like to join you for dinner.  He asked me to speak for him because he felt a little uncomfortable asking for himself”.  History buffs, just go with it.

Scripture says we are to forgive not just 7 times but 77 times.  During a great sermon on unforgiveness a month ago I broke down when I was convicted for the same.  I had let my anger get between me and God and that was a bad place to be.  I chose to forgive; but forgetting is another thing.  It is extremely interesting to me that it is the offenders who preach the message of “let’s put the past behind us”.  I had done so but just this week some of you asked me to revisit some of the details in an effort to shine the light on the truth so many who were mislead will hopefully not make the same mistake again.

Premeditated Assault on the Republican Party

Remember the memory erasure in Men In Black?  The feds waved a cool device with a bright light in front of a citizens eyes to erase their most recent memory of an alien encounter.  Folks, we are not talking about the Both Ways Bob thing of 2006, nor the poor judgement of running vicious attack ads during a primary.  We are talking about the premeditated, intentional, attack of BOTH the Republican Party AND its rightfully elected candidate.  Folks, do not look into the light!

Let’s revisit the highlights:

Summer of 2009 I am told to meet with TT and his henchman Steve Durham (see loud mouth and bully above) by one of their old friends who thought I could get them on board.  TT chooses not to attend but Durham does.  The conflicting environment of the beauty of the Garden of the Gods Club and the ugly conversation that took place was prophetic of the highs and lows of campaigning.  Durham proceeded to tell me how I could not get from here to there and win.  The conversation was like a verbal whooping and intended to convince me I was irrelevant.  Then his bravado reached out toward McInnis when he stated that he would see to it that McInnis did not make it past September if he had anything to do with it.  You see, this machinery was being prepped for manufacturing their candidate, Josh Penry. Need we talk about the track record of 30 something Josh’s in Denver?&n bsp;

November 2009.  TT starts rattling his sabre about entering the race for Governor as an R. He has his shot, he chokes.

Fast forward to spring of 2010 when some no name got 40% of the caucus straw poll for Governor.  Soon appeared the websitewww.danmaescan’twin.com .  That’s right (currently down for maintenance)!  Stay with me here folks, it gets better.  The spokesman on the website was Big Ben Goss, the leader of the American Constitution Party.   That’s right, the guy who stepped aside so TT could run on the ACP ticket.  The video droned on about the exact same thing TT had droned on to me about in private as to why I could not win, money and the lack of it as well as lack of power broker support.

Then comes a few weeks before the assembly and the rumor is that TT will try to flank both me and Scott with some floor maneuver to get on the ballot.  He will swoop in and save us all.  He chokes again.  As I said above, talk is cheap when there is no one to back it up.

Need we even revisit the ugly events of TT and Wadhams on the Boyles show?  Yes, I think so.  I never thought Dick was behind TT early on.  I think he got on board later.  The show revealed TT’s disgust with the Republican party that was backfiring at him and Dick was the face of the machine.

Finally we have the High Noon Show Down and the general election.  TT was literally demonstrating his arrogance and possibly his psychopath side.  Did anyone really think we would listen?  Did anyone really think either one would step aside?  The man who had no loyalty to the party and said multiple times, “the party is just a vehicle to accomplish my goals” was threatening the party’s candidates.  His actions would lead to the loss of the election for R’s, the loss of bonus members, and potentially lead to the party becoming a minority party.  If you do not know what that means then you have no clue what damage he could have caused all current and future R candidates!  

IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING THE LOVE TOM IT’S FOR A REASON!!

Can You Explain the Hysteria?

I still speak with a mentor who supported me publicly, pulled his support publicly, and then encouraged me not to drop out.  Yea, you read that right.  He jokingly challenged me  over breakfast to hire a specialist in mass human behavior to explain the quick and massive movement of support to TT when he got in once and for all.  Even he was shocked at the speed and size of it.  Many made the move for many reasons but I think most of it was the fear of backing the loser.  That is one of the most weak and politically motivated reasons I have ever seen or heard of and, in this case, reflected a temporary irrationality and lack of reason  given even the most novice of voters knew TT could not win a statewide race.

MY FELLOW R’S WHO SUPPORTED TT, YOU MUST NOT LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN!

I understand the mass mentality for the average voters but some made calculated decisions to also betray the party and they must be held accountable.

Bob Beauprez – you broke my heart.  You mentored me and you called me from Chicago right after the assembly to congratulate me personally.  Your radio commercial was a betrayal to me and conservative voters.

Freda Poundstone – you called me 4-5 times a day, even at 7:00 AM on the weekend to snoop around while acting like you supported me.  Shame on you.  You gave 300.00 to another candidate and told him not to cash it until after his election.  The games you played.

Josh Penry – you were a hired gun that could not hit a target.  Your political capital is gone except in parts of GJ and with some of your cronies.

Greg Brophy – you sell out to whomever Penry tells you to.

Ted Harvey – be thankful for your strong R base in Douglas County.  Their loyalty to you is admirable and your loss for chair has been your chastisement.

There are others my Patriot friends but I fear the list is too long and they will be forgiven by their obscurity into the future.

I promised an article on Patriot Groups in this addition but that will have to wait another week.  I will explore what groups walk their talk and which ones sold out their principles for personal gain.

Until next time,

Dan Maes

Obama Releases Long-Form Birth Certificate; Can We Grow Up Now?

The White House issued a press release today that includes the long-form birth certificate of President Barack Obama, showing (again) that Obama was indeed born in the United States. As Politico reports:

In an extraordinary move, President Barack Obama on Wednesday sought to put an end to questions about his citizenship, releasing a longer version of his birth certificate and calling on the media and conspiracy theorists to move on.

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” Obama told reporters in the White House briefing room. “We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do.”

Businessman Donald Trump escalated the issue in recent weeks, thrusting the story back into the headlines and, as Obama scolded the media Wednesday, diverting attention from more important issues.

Obama said the nation’s work will not get done if people are “making stuff up” and getting distracted by “sideshows and carnival barkers.”…

…”Normally, I wouldn’t comment on something like this,” Obama said. “I’ve got other things to do.”

But Obama said he decided on the release because the conspiracy theory over where he was born had eclipsed the debate on the budget several weeks ago.

We’re under no illusion that the release of Obama’s long-form birth certificate will finally quiet the conspiracy theorists, Tea Partiers and those who make money playing to them (like Peter Boyles, who plans to keep on keeping on with the birth certificate nonsense). But what this move should do is put a stop to any birth certificate stories appearing in any legitimate media outlets.

There was never a real excuse for the media to play host to this nonsense conspiracy theory, but now…no newspaper, TV network or any other outlet has any justification whatsoever to continue to run stories about this. If a legitimate news outlet continues to play up this story as though Obama’s citizenship were actually in question, then they might as well start running daily stories about how the moon landing was faked and how Elvis and 2Pac are living together on a deserted island.

If any legitimate news outlet continues this story now, they’re basically saying, We don’t care about facts. At all. It doesn’t matter if a reporter has quotes from various people saying, “I don’t believe Obama was born in the U.S.,” because that opinion is completely and utterly absurd and irrelevant. You can’t run with a story just because you have quotes from people who don’t know or don’t care about the truth.

This story should have been over a long, long time ago. But it is definitely over now.  

Rosen Blames Sirota for His Mosque Remarks

Conservative Denver radio host and Denver Post columnist Mike Rosen had a rough week of bad press (or perhaps good press, since we still think he did this on purpose) for suggesting that someone should hijack an Iranian plane and fly it into a mosque in New York. So what’s his excuse?

Apparently it’s David Sirota’s fault, as Westword explains:

According to Rosen, the audience attending the face-off involving him, Sirota and KHOW’s Peter Boyles earlier this month understood his tongue was in his cheek when he said, “I think they should be allowed to build it, following the hijacking of an Iranian plane right into that building and blow it to smithereens.” And there was a good reason for that, he believes.

“The people cheering or laughing after I said that were mostly my listeners,” he says. “And that surprised me. There were 400 people in the room, and I thought Sirota’s left-wing minions would dominate the hall. But there were so many more of my listeners than I’d expected, and they knew I was being ironic.”…

…As for Sirota’s spotlighting of the comment on the Huffington Post, Rosen says it was worse than a violation of collegiality; he and Sirota both work for Clear Channel stations. “It was grossly unprofessional,” he maintains…

To recap, Rosen makes a horribly insensitive comment in a public debate, and it’s Sirota’s fault for telling people about it? Uh…yeah.

And of course, as Rosen says, listeners “knew I was being ironic,” insinuating that it was your fault if you were offended because other people knew he was “being ironic.” Instead of blaming Sirota or others for this, maybe it would be best to just say, Hey, I made a bad decision and said something stupid in a poor attempt to get a laugh. I apologize.  

Mike Rosen’s Got an Odd “Sense of Humor”



Can’t see the audio player? Click here.

We thought it only fair, after the considerable argument yesterday over conservative radio host and Denver Post columnist Mike Rosen’s comments in a debate with liberal radio host David Sirota earlier this week regarding the proposed Park 51 Islamic cultural center in New York, to listen to his podcasted show from Thursday for any follow-up. And as you can hear above, a caller indeed brought up Rosen’s answer that “I think they should be allowed to build it, followed by the hijacking of an Iranian plane right into that building and blow it to smithereens!” Note that the audio clip above has been edited to include the original quote from the debate, then the call.

Rosen’s response to the caller is awkward, even though the caller is friendly, which makes sense given how it’s hard to defend the subject matter–but Rosen does have the chutzpah to refer to the proposed Islamic center as a question of “taste” without a shred of irony, and says his call to hijack an Iranian airliner and crash it into the center was “a little emotionalism, see I’m capable of that too.” And naturally, the “other side” (this presumably being people who don’t think it’s funny to make jokes about crashing more planes into Manhattan) has “no sense of humor.”

But then Rosen very weirdly ends the call with a few words about how we would be “stupid” to not fear “Islamic fundamentalist terrorism”–this sounds like less of a joke, doesn’t it?

Bottom line: We think this could have been more of a desperate publicity stunt for Rosen than anything else. It’s quite possible that Rosen would say something like this simply to boost his stagnant radio audience, and generate earned press. There are a lot of media types who think the only way to preserve their jobs long-term is to find some loyal segment, however fringy, that will keep paying for them. Worked for Glenn Beck. Is his “common sense conservative,” or whatever he branded himself before, too boring to sell in today’s shock-jock marketplace?

That, to us, seems to be the most likely explanation, as tempting as it is to call it crazy. A crass ploy for ratings, and seeking an elevated national profile by glomming on to a well-traveled controversy. Nothing more, when you get down to it, than an entertainer looking for a paying audience.

Trouble is, it’s not really very entertaining.

UPDATE: Liberal activist group Progress Now of “Gunny Bob” boycott fame is, as you’d expect, a little pissed. Release follows, says Kjersten Forseth, “In years of holding right-wing public figures in Colorado accountable for extremist rhetoric, we’ve never seen anything like this.”

Denver Post columnist, Mike Rosen, calls for another attack on New York City

ProgressNow Colorado asks Coloradans to repudiate Rosen’s call for murder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, October 8, 2010

CONTACT: Kjersten Forseth, Executive Director at 719-641-4674

DENVER: Learning of talk-radio host and Denver Post columnist Mike Rosen’s call earlier this week in a broadcast debate for “the hijacking of an Iranian plane” to crash into a proposed Islamic cultural center in New York City, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on all Colorado citizens to repudiate these hateful and extremist statements.

“In years of holding right-wing public figures in Colorado accountable for extremist rhetoric, we’ve never seen anything like this,” said Kjersten Forseth, Executive Director of ProgressNow Colorado. “Nothing comes close to the unbelievable indifference shown by Rosen to the victims of the worst terrorist attack in American history, not to mention the 1.5 billion Muslims in the world who had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11.”

“[It] doesn’t matter whether you support the construction of the Park 51 project in lower Manhattan or not,” continued Forseth. “How could Rosen possibly be so callous as to call, even as a lame attempt at satire, for crashing another airliner into New York City?”

In a broadcast debate between Rosen, fellow right-wing radio host Peter Boyles, and progressive morning radio host David Sirota of AM760, Rosen said of the proposed Park 51 project, “I think they should be allowed to build it, followed by the hijacking of an Iranian plane right into that building and blow it to smithereens.” Audio of this debate is available online at the websites of both 850 KOA and AM760.

“Despite what the world might think based on Rosen’s comments, Colorado is made up of decent and tolerant people,” Forseth said. “And we must have the courage to speak louder than the extremists who would shame our entire state by asking for another terrorist attack on New York City–which would kill hundreds if not thousands more innocent Americans.”

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Tancredo: McInnis Will Exit Race

UPDATE #4: Speaking with talk-radio host Peter Boyles this morning, Tom Tancredo said “I’m up for it, I’d do it, but I don’t know how we can get it done” in response to a question about running for governor himself. (H/T dwyer, MADCO)

UPDATE #3: Be that as it may, now up on Scott McInnis’ Facebook page:

It would seem that Colorado Republicans still have some things to, you know, work out here.

UPDATE #2: NBC News, there’s that phrase again:

*** Dead man walking in Colorado? After being accused of plagiarism, Colorado GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis, once the overwhelming favorite to win the Republican nomination next month, looks like a dead man walking. The filing deadline has already passed, but we can report that serious Colorado Republicans are exploring a Plan B to get a viable candidate to take on Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) in the fall. [Pols emphasis]

UDPATE: Schrager’s story now updated (link below) with McInnis spokesman Sean Duffy denying Tancredo’s assertion that McInnis will soon exit the race. Developing.

Breaking over at 9NEWS, Adam Schrager posted a few minutes ago:

Former U.S. Congressman Tom Tancredo told 9NEWS Thursday morning he has heard Republican candidate Scott McInnis will end his candidacy to become Colorado’s next governor.

Tancredo says the latest developments Wednesday night “probably sinks the ship.” The gubernatorial candidate was holding a conference call Thursday morning with the senior members of his campaign staff.

The former presidential candidate also called for McInnis to resign his candidacy. He is the first Colorado Republican to call for McInnis to resign from the race.

If this is true, then it means the question of who will succeed McInnis–and how that succession will be carried out–has been worked out by GOP strategists and attorneys. We’ve heard a couple of possibilities on how that might play out, including interpretations of the law that might allow McInnis to be replaced before the primary.

We, like everybody, are working hard on additional confirmation of what Tom Tancredo asserts here, and we caution against taking what he says as gospel until that happens.

Hickenlooper Responds To “Sanctuary City” Tancredo Canard

As the Colorado Independent’s Joseph Boven reports:

Democratic candidate for governor John Hickenlooper defended himself last week against mounting accusations from Republicans that, as mayor, he has run Denver as a so-called sanctuary city, where illegal immigrants are directly and indirectly protected against federal immigration laws and possible deportation. It’s a charge that has gained traction in the weeks since Arizona lawmakers passed a controversial suite of immigration laws and as the move to remake federal immigration policy in Washington heats up.

“The city has never adopted any sort of ‘non-cooperation’ policy in regard to the enforcement of federal immigration laws or communications with federal officials in regard to immigration matters. Denver has and will continue to fully cooperate with and refer cases to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and has always complied with state and federal immigration law,” Eric Brown, spokesperson for the Mayor’s office, wrote to the Colorado Independent in an email.

Republican gubernatorial candidates Scott McInnis and Dan Maes are sure not to be satisfied. They’re following the lead of anti-illegal immigration firebrand and former congressman Tom Tancredo, who has repeatedly made the case that Denver simply won’t enforce the country’s immigration laws…

A letter drafted by Tancredo in 2008 and signed by Republican members of the legislature, including Rep. Cory Gardner and Sens. Dave Schultheis and Josh Penry, stated that Denver was out of compliance with CRS29-29-101, which obligates cities to report arrested illegal aliens to Immigrations and Customs officials whether or not the accused are ever incarcerated.

Last month on the Peter Boyles talk radio show said that Hickenlooper was dodging the sanctuary city charges. “He is being disingenuous, lying,” Tancredo said.

A list of people who have been arrested and referred by the city to Immigration and Customs officials contained 1,853 names for 2009 and 1,793 for 2010 so far.

Brown at the Mayor’s office said the city was in full compliance with the law.

We’re glad to see John Hickenlooper hitting back against the growing volume of cheap talk-radio innuendo being thrown at him. The “Denver sanctuary city” thing is kind of an odious misrepresentation, in addition to being false–but it’s a little more complicated to explain, making it a perfect vehicle for Tom Tancredo-style misuse.

Follow us for just a moment: you’re the mayor of a large American city. The odds are that you’re probably a Democrat, since that reflects the general voting preference of large American cities. And since American cities are major economic centers, they tend to attract all kinds of people seeking economic opportunity–including, naturally, illegal immigrants. We should all be able to agree that there are more illegal immigrants in Denver than Sedgwick, for example, because the entire population of Sedgwick could fit comfortably in a single city block of Denver (likewise, there are more illegal immigrants in New York City than Denver). Not to mention people arrested in Denver who work in the city but don’t live there.

As you can imagine, this is a situation ready-made for disingenuous GOP attacks. Inevitably, illegal immigrants are going to be picked up by the police. Once that happens, city authorities are required to notify federal immigration agents, and there the city’s responsibility necessarily ends. The city has no authority to force, for example, the feds to actually take custody of illegal immigrants. All they can do is comply with the reporting law, which they say they do with a figure cited. But who cares? Hickenlooper wanted to be mayor of Denver, didn’t he? And did you know that Denver has more illegal immigrants than anywhere else in the state? What an outrage!

Delivered with election season gusto, but it’s nothing more than Peter Boyles and Tancredo making a boogeyman out of whole cloth, per usual. And a basis in reality just gets in the way.

Good God Man, STOP TALKING!!!

UPDATE:: From MSNBC, here’s how a smart Republican candidate handles this question:

“While I don’t believe Arizona’s policy was based on anything other than trying to get a handle on our broken borders, I think aspects of the law, especially that dealing with ‘reasonable suspicion,’ are going to put our law enforcement officers in an incredibly difficult position,” said Florida GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio in a statement Tuesday, adding that the law could “unreasonably single out people who are here legally, including many American citizens.”

Another Floridian, former governor Jeb Bush, agreed with Rubio’s assessment in an interview with POLITICO, saying that the Arizona law is not “the proper approach” to solving the problem of illegal immigration.

Republican Meg Whitman, the front-runner in California’s gubernatorial primary, declined to say whether the law is “racist” – as some critics allege – but told The Associated Press that Arizona’s law does not offer the most effective strategy.  “I think there’s just better ways to solve this problem,” she said.

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Republican Gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis seems hell-bent on derailing his own campaign. On Monday, McInnis told a radio show that his charitable giving included killing an elk and giving the meat to the needy — an absurd statement meant to show that he was a big contributor to charities.

McInnis went on the Peter Boyles show and basically announced that he doesn’t want Hispanics to vote for him. Click here for the audio of McInnis endorsing Arizona’s controversial new immigration law that makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally.

We won’t get into the many, many problems with Arizona’s law that would be a nightmare for Colorado (but for just one example, consider the fact that we are already letting people out of prison early — where would we house all these new “criminals” while they wait for deportation?) The bigger question here is why McInnis would so boldly stand behind a law that is incredibly unpopular among Hispanics, who just so happen to represent a sizable chunk of voters in Colorado.

Democrat John Hickenlooper didn’t have a natural base of Hispanic supporters that were already in his corner…but he probably does now. McInnis made this issue very, very easy for Hickenlooper, who can now say just about anything in response to a question about the law and still sound like the more moderate candidate.

People that agree with McInnis are likely to already support him anyway, so there’s not a big upside to such a strong declaration. McInnis says in the interview that a poll in Arizona shows people favor the new law, but even if that’s true, this isn’t Arizona. Because Colorado is not a border state, voters don’t have the same level of interest in illegal immigration as a political issue.

Maybe it would be best if McInnis’ campaign just locked him in a closet for the next five months. No more talking.

Bad Idea, Made Even Worse

As the Denver Post reports:

A initiative on the November ballot aims to toughen Denver’s impound ordinance, guaranteeing that people caught driving without a license will end up paying a $2,500 bond to get the car out of the impound lot, even if a valid license is sitting at home on the counter…

The Denver vehicle impound law that voters passed last year was designed to keep unlicensed drivers off the road. It gives police officers the ability to use their discretion about whether to impound a car.

If this new initiative passes in November, police officers will be required to impound the car of every driver without a license.

City Council member Doug Linkhart said that city impound lots are overflowing with vehicles of people who cannot afford to get them out…

Linkhart said that Denver police officers are opposed to the law and the initiative.

“Their job, by definition, is discretion,” Linkhart said.

What this really comes back to is illegal immigrant hysterics, of course, but it’s still unusual to see this plainly counterproductive a measure make the ballot. Peter Boyles and half a dozen Minuteman crackpots may think this is a good idea, the rest of us have left our wallet on the counter enough times to know better. A measure drafted totally ignorant of its effects–the way only real crazies can draft them. Doug Bruce, call him what you will, knew what he was doing.

Between this overkill nonsense and Craig Silverman calling for people who “look like a Muslim” to have their “puchases tracked,” we think some serious getting of a grip is in order, folks.

Posted from Colorado Pols.

Bad Idea, Made Even Worse

As the Denver Post reports:

A initiative on the November ballot aims to toughen Denver’s impound ordinance, guaranteeing that people caught driving without a license will end up paying a $2,500 bond to get the car out of the impound lot, even if a valid license is sitting at home on the counter…

The Denver vehicle impound law that voters passed last year was designed to keep unlicensed drivers off the road. It gives police officers the ability to use their discretion about whether to impound a car.

If this new initiative passes in November, police officers will be required to impound the car of every driver without a license.

City Council member Doug Linkhart said that city impound lots are overflowing with vehicles of people who cannot afford to get them out…

Linkhart said that Denver police officers are opposed to the law and the initiative.

“Their job, by definition, is discretion,” Linkhart said.

What this really comes back to is illegal immigrant hysterics, of course, but it’s still unusual to see this plainly counterproductive a measure make the ballot. Peter Boyles and half a dozen Minuteman crackpots may think this is a good idea, the rest of us have left our wallet on the counter enough times to know better. A measure drafted totally ignorant of its effects–the way only real crazies can draft them. Doug Bruce, call him what you will, knew what he was doing.

Between this overkill nonsense and Craig Silverman calling for people who “look like a Muslim” to have their “puchases tracked,” we think some serious getting of a grip is in order, folks.