Trump Coup Plotter Boris Epshteyn Advising Ganahl Campaign

(Ganahl’s true colors are red, white, and coup — Promoted by Colorado Pols)

The day after her primary win, Colorado Republican gubernatorial nominee Heidi Ganahl gave an interview to Steve Bannon in which she credited her closer-than-expected victory to her “great team, including Boris and Brad,” referring to Boris Epshteyn and Brad Parscale. All three men at one time advised former President Trump. Bannon and Parscale ran his 2016 and 2020 campaigns, respectively. Epshteyn worked in the White House and on the campaigns, including as a legal advisor to the group, which also included Bannon, that worked to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

“We got through! We just worked our tails off for the last three weeks since we knew what they were doing,” said Ganahl. “I’ve got a great team –lots of folks helping us out, including Boris and Brad. It’s been quite an experience. It’s sharpened our toolset. We are ready to go to take on Jared Polis and beat him in just four months.”

Epshteyn, Parscale, and Bannon have all been subpoenaed by the January 6 Select Committee. The Committee accuses both Epshteyn and Bannon of planning the insurrection on behalf of former President Trump. Bannon is facing criminal contempt charges for his refusal to comply with the subpoena. His trial is set to begin later this month, following yet another ruling against him by the Trump-appointed judge. Epshteyn has publicly admitted to helping the Trump campaign attempt to create slates of “alternate electors,” to override the voters in several swing states. The committee summarized Epshteyn’s role upon announcing his subpoena:

“Boris Epshteyn reportedly attended meetings at the Willard Hotel in the days leading up to January 6th and had a call with former President Trump on the morning of January 6th to discuss options to delay the certification of election results in the event of Vice President Pence’s unwillingness to deny or delay the certification.” House Select Committee press release, Jan 18, 2022

Ganahl campaign advisor Boris Epshteyn

In its letter to Epshteyn the committee cites “credible evidence that you publicly promoted claims that the 2020 election was stolen and participated in attempts to disrupt or delay the certification of the election results based on your allegations.”

As reported by Politico- “In the filing, authored by House counsel Doug Letter, the select committee pointed to emails between Eastman and prominent figures in Trump’s orbit — Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon, Boris Epshteyn and others — as they strategized to keep Trump in office.”

Those emails include this correspondence between Epshteyn and coup memo author John Eastman, who was then still working for the University of Colorado’s Benson Center.

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GOP Governor Nominee Ganahl Still Won’t Say 2020 Election Was Legitimate

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Despite the pundits’ pleas, Heidi Ganahl just can’t quit the Big Lie.

With most political reporters highlighting Colorado Republicans’ relief at their base only electing one overt proponent of Trump’s Big Lie in Lauren Boebert, local conservative strategists and political experts are more focused on the gubernatorial nominee’s reluctance to reject the conspiracy. Case-in-point, columnist Eric Sondermann:

“Heidi Ganahl…needs to quickly demonstrate readiness for prime time,” writes Sondermann. “A starting point would be to offer a simple, clear, declarative sentence on the validity of Joe Biden’s election. That is a task that has, so far, eluded her.”

Ganahl’s refusal to reject the Big Lie has been an issue since the launch of her campaign when she snapped at 9News’ Marshall Zelinger for asking the question.

On Tuesday 9News posted its raw footage of the press gaggle immediately following Ganahl’s primary win. The Q&A portion lasted less than two minutes. Why so short? Nearly ten months into her campaign, Ganahl still refuses to plainly say the 2020 election wasn’t stolen. It was only the second question reporters asked and yet just 60 seconds later, her spokesperson pulled the plug.

Reporter: Do you believe there was fraud in the 2020 election? Ganahl: You know, I want to move forward. I want to bring us together in this state. The most important thing we can do around election integrity is A) ask people to get involved to be election judges and poll watchers, but B) to provide transparency. What Jena Griswold and the legislature did with this recent legislation was stop that- they made it harder to be transparent. They took power away from county clerks and gave it to the Secretary of Sate’s office. That doesn’t bode well for making people confident in our elections. There are a lot of people who feel unsettled about all the elections, so we’ve got to do whatever we can to change that. That’s the bedrock of our democracy. Reporter: But were you confident in the results of the 2020 election? Ganahl: I’ve already answered that question many times. We’re moving forward and we’re talking about the ’22 election from here on out. Reporter: Speaking of that election, Tina Peters is already claiming there was fraud in today’s election, can you respond to that? Ganahl: I’m focused on my election. I’m excited. I’m proud. We’re going to enjoy the evening and then we’re going to get to work first thing tomorrow morning on beating Jared Polis. Spokesperson: [off-camera] That’s it, guys. Thank you!

Sondermann repeated his point on air to CPR’s Ryan Warner yesterday, who asked him if the question will dog Heidi Ganahl in the general election.

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Ganahl Told GOP Donors That Benson Center’s Private Funding Protected It From Eastman ‘Controversy’

(No, not really — Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Former CU visiting professor John Eastman, CU Regent/GOP gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl.

University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl wasn’t yet officially running for governor last August, but the room of Republican donors knew it was coming. Introducing her to the Lincoln Club of Colorado luncheon audience, emcee Kelly Sloan concluded by saying, “Of course, rumors persist about her future ambitions, which I will leave to her to address or not as she so chooses.”

Ganahl didn’t announce her candidacy that day. Instead, she talked a lot about a favorite topic: defending free speech on college campuses and other ways conservatives can fight back against the largely liberal culture of today’s universities. She shared her various experiences as a conservative regent on a progressive campus, such as trying to revitalize CU Boulder’s dormant debate club, supporting student leaders of Turning Point USA, and pushing back against her Democratic colleagues’ desires to address issues of diversity and equity. She also praised former President Bruce Benson for founding the university’s conservative think tank, the Center for Western Civilization, Thought & Policy, which was later renamed in his honor.

Her mention of the Benson Center led her to address a topic she’s been reluctant to speak about in public: former Benson Center Visiting Professor John Eastman, who is currently under investigation for his role in helping former President Trump attempt to overturn the 2020 election.

Ganahl was encouraging the room of Republican supporters and donors to “vote with [their] dollars,” in part restricting any contributions to CU to specific programs, such as the Benson Center.

“One of the things I found as a Regent is that probably the most effective way you guys can change things is to vote with your dollars — vote with your tuition dollars and vote with the dollars that you donate. … I do think the money is really the only way we’re going to make a difference,” Ganahl told the group. “Whether it’s exposing speaker fees, whether it’s the Benson Center, which is privately funded, which protected it over the last year with all the controversy that was going on with Eastman.”

Ganahl’s mention of “exposing speaker fees” references examining the university’s public records to see where organizations and departments are spending the university’s money. Conversely, the Benson’s Center’s private funding offer “protection” in part because its donors and spending are shielded from public view. At the time Ganahl claimed that the Center doesn’t receive any public money, but a recent investigation by Colorado Newsline revealed that tens of thousands of dollars flow from CU’s general fund to the conservative think tank.

Later Ganahl told the room to be very specific with any donations to institutions of higher education like the one she represents. “If you do donate to a university, make it very clear in the contract — and you are allowed to do this — how that money will be spent and that it cannot go into a general pool, said Ganahl. “And then tell them what your donor intent is for those dollars.”

Eastman was working for CU when he authored the infamous coup memo and when he spoke at the Jan. 6, 2020, rally that preceded the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. In March a federal judge found that Eastman and Trump likely committed crimes in their attempt to prevent Joe Biden from taking office. CU subsequently barred him from speaking on its behalf and stripped him of his classes. CU Provost Phil DiStefano offered the only public condemnation of Eastman by university leadership, with then-President Mark Kennedy, as well as Ganahl and the other Regents, remaining silent.

A month earlier, however, Ganahl praised Eastman, calling him “fantastic” and describing his work as “riling some folks up.”

Since launching her campaign, however, she’s avoided publicly discussing Eastman or her own views on the Big Lie, an omission that’s dogged her gubernatorial run, particularly following reports that she praised an election conspiracy group at a private meeting of supporters.

The Ganahl campaign did not respond to a request for comment on what exactly Ganahl finds controversial about Eastman and whether or not she agrees with his debunked claim that the 2020 election was fraudulent. This article will be updated with any response received.

The event’s other speaker, Professor Alan Kahan, had at the time just been selected by the Benson Center to replace Eastman as its Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought for the 2021-2022 academic year (His appointment has since been extended for another year.). Kahan agreed with Ganahl’s view that money talks and conservative donors should earmark their gifts very carefully.

“Colleges like to receive dollars! They’re willing to make sacrifices of their principles — liberal principles — if that’s what it takes,” said Kahan. “If you really want to see a true Western civilization course happen, you don’t say, ‘I’ll give the money to Common Core.’ You say, ‘I, of course, don’t want to dictate the curriculum or the reading is because that’s against academic freedom and no professors ever tolerate that. But yeah, I want to insist that there be some kind of Western civilization course, in a recognizable form, and here are a few parameters.’ Or it’s going to be run by this advisory board, and this advisory board will consist of honest-to-God real distinguished academics, but academics of a certain sort who are going to make these decisions.”

Ganahl Disputes Claim She’s Earning the Nickname ‘Hiding Heidi’

(The best way to avoid gaffes is to stop showing up — promoted by Colorado Pols)

NOCO Ladies for Liberty hosts monthly meetings featuring Republican candidates

Some grassroots conservatives say Heidi Ganahl, a Republican candidate for governor, is avoiding events where she would have to share a stage with other candidates — a claim Ganahl’s campaign disputes.

In addition to her primary opponent Greg Lopez claiming Ganahl won’t do any televised debates, Mickie Nuffer, a Loveland grandmother who founded Northern Colorado Ladies for Liberty, says Ganahl backed out of a May 5 event upon learning Lopez would be there.

Nuffer, who founded the NOCO Ladies for Liberty in February of this year, says she was inspired to hold the gubernatorial event after hearing then-Republican candidate Danielle Neuschwanger speak in Fort Collins that same month Nuffer launched her group. Initially, Nuffer said, she planned to invite just Neuschwanger and Ganahl and have the event focus solely on women candidates, but that by the end of February her group decided a forum with the other main candidate Lopez made the most sense. When Neuschwanger failed to make the ballot via assembly, that left Ganahl and Lopez for the event.

“I confirmed all three and it was always with the understanding that it depended on what happened at our State Assembly,” said Nuffer. “So we knew that, Danielle, because of [the assembly vote], was not going to be on the GOP ballot.
“And so at that point, it was going to be Heidi and Greg. We started selling tickets for our event and I’ve been in constant contact with both of the campaigns because because of our rapid growth and we actually at one point had to switch venues.
“So we finally settled on May 5th at the Sweetheart Winery, and I get a call from Heidi’s campaign and they told me that they were not going to be able to make the event. They said they had gotten a copy of the Eventbrite [invitation] and saw that we had listed it as a forum, and that’s not what they agreed to. And I said, Well, the only thing that has changed from all of our conversations is that Danielle is not going to be there any because she was knocked off the GOP ballot. So that’s the only thing that changed. And they said, well, they had decided back — and I don’t know how how far back — but they decided that they were not going to do any more debates or forums and that’s why they were not going to join us.
“And so I said, ‘We are in the beginning stages of planning this evening. What kind of event would it have to be for Heidi to still come and join us? And they said that she would not come if there were any other candidates present. And what I was told is — basically in quotes — that ‘she did not want to get into a wild horse race with another candidate.’ So I certainly was not going to un-invite Greg at this point and so that’s where we’re at. I just thanked him for his time.
“Heidi is going around the state saying her message resonates with women, grandmothers, moms in the trenches, and I thought, well? It’s kind of interesting to me since here we are, a group of women, grandmothers…and yet obviously we were not her brand of women. I know today it’s hard to define what a woman is but obviously we didn’t qualify for her brand of woman.”

Greg Lopez is telling a similar story at recent campaign events. At the opening last month of his campaign headquarters in Parker, Lopez said that 9News and CBS Channel 4 each proposed televised debates to both campaigns, but that the Ganahl campaign refused them all…

 

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