May 15, 2014

Honey Badger Don't Care

Colorado ThreeSourcers, we need to talk. Secretary of State Scott Gessler goes a little negative today in a fundraising email:

We don't have much time left 'til the Republican primary. Voters must soon choose who they want to lead Colorado...

Should we go with Bob Beauprez -- an establishment politician with a track record of losing big races? While he was chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, the GOP lost control of the State Senate for the first time in four decades. Then, in 2006, Beauprez lost the governor's race by nearly 17 points, one of the worse performances by a statewide GOP candidate in the history of the state!

That is until 2010...

In 2010, Tom Tancredo cost us the governorship and a U.S. Senate seat. He dropped the 'R' next to his name and ran as a third party candidate. After he lost, he re-registered as a Republican. How can we trust a guy like that to lead our state, let alone, our party?

My feelings for Rep. Tancredo (R - 'Murca) are well known around these parts. I was considering Beauprez as the Anybody-But-Tancredo candidate. He will get shellacked in November, but he will not embarrass the party so badly as to threaten Rep. Gardner's Senate race.

In a complete lack of strategy, be a libertarian and vote your heart! Because Unicorns! world I would likely vote for Mike Kopp. But if that gets me saddled with Rep Tancredo... Sec. Gessler is very good: a viable candidate with a statewide win under his belt. More to my liking than Beauprez, less than Kopp.

What's the play, lads and ladies? I need help.

CO Governor Posted by John Kranz at May 15, 2014 5:14 PM

Is it "going negative" if it's objectively true? Possibly, but that phrase has a bit in common with Jihad in the ambiguity department. Gessler is certainly not guilty of mudslinging.

Here's my thumbnail handicap of the GOP Guv primary, in order of their entry into the race:

Tancredo - Doesn't expect to win but desperately wants to be relevant and, best possible spin: wants to be on the ballot in case everyone else craters.

Gessler - Has run a solid campaign that is committed to winning from early on, seeking to provide fresh new GOP leadership for the state.

Kopp - A candidate by and for the sizeable social-Con segment of Colorado Republican Party.

Beauprez - The old guard's last gasp.

Even though I tried to be as non-perjorative as possible in my analysis I probably still don't need to tell you that my vote will go to - GESSLER.

I think he will be the strongest possible challenger to the incumbent Democrat, and the best possible governor to boot.

Your turn BR.

Posted by: johngalt at May 16, 2014 1:23 PM

Oh, it is stone cold true. I did not mean to imply that I was upset with the tone -- a little surprised, perhaps. It has been pretty nicey-nice up to now.

Thanks for the reply. Shortly after posting this, I saw Kopp's "Greatest Speech given at the State Assembly" as humbly posted on Facebook. I agree with your assessment. In the one debate performance I saw, he kept his 666 tattoo covered and hid that extra head in a fold of his houndstooth jacket.

As George Will said of the Clintons "Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly -- they get money from their rich friends and run for office. It's just what they do." I don't think I share your assessment of Rep. Tancredo's intentions -- there's a ballot somewhere in Colorado, he's gotta be on it.

So, a humiliating, devastating and party-wide loss centered around a gubernatorial candidate who deports valedictorians? Or just a 2-1 drubbing? Bob! Bob! He's our man!

Posted by: jk at May 16, 2014 4:37 PM

Mike Kopp's speech. His Facebook feed boasts "Widely acclaimed as the best speech of the Colorado State Republican Assembly, watch Mike's vision for a stronger Colorado."

Posted by: jk at May 16, 2014 6:14 PM | What do you think? [3]