Colorado GOP Candidates Present United Front at Press Conference – Pagosa Daily Post News Events & Video for Pagosa Springs Colorado
This story by Sara Wilson appeared on Colorado Newsline on August 9, 2022.
At a Tuesday morning press conference outside the Mile High Station event venue in Denver, the leader of the Colorado Republican Party touted the party’s slate of candidates as ‘problem solvers’ determined to reduce the cost of living and to reduce crime, as the party prepares for an election season push to snag offices currently occupied by Democrats.
“Unfortunately, Democrats have consistently refused to fix Colorado’s worst problems, and they continue to make them worse,” GOP Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown said.
She said Democrats were closing schools unnecessarily, “raising taxes and fees” and letting violent crime rise.
“Colorado voters are independent-minded people, people like us who want the right to make choices in their own lives. Unless we are doing something that hurts someone else, we should have the freedom to go our own way. People across the state tell me that Democrats stifled those choices,” Burton Brown said.
Republicans were marking a year since they unveiled their “Commitment to Colorado” legislative package of more than 40 bills that they say prioritized affordability, safety and expanded educational choice. Five of these bills have been passed by the Legislative Assembly.
“As we stand here today, we are no better off on these issues than we were a year ago because of the partisanship we witnessed in the legislative session,” the leader said. of the minority in the Senate, John Cooke. Cooke and House Minority Leader Hugh McKean said they were optimistic voters would elect a Republican majority in the General Assembly that embraced a more conservative agenda.
Republicans did not introduce a new platform on Tuesday, but reaffirmed pillar party issues such as affordability, education and crime reduction, calling once again for fentanyl.
For the most part, however, the press conference was an opportunity for Republican candidates to offer their stump speeches and present a unified front that toe the party line, after a bumpy summer that saw Republican candidates duds push false allegations of primary voter fraud.
“I’m proud to stand up and support each candidate here today as professionals, entrepreneurs, and problem solvers who will bring their experience and experience to the table to solve the toughest problems facing Colorado today. today,” Secretary of State Pam Anderson said. said.
Anderson defeated indicted Mesa County Holocaust denier Tina Peters in the primary, and can now focus on differentiating herself from incumbent Democrat Jena Griswold instead of playing the headline-grabbing defense of Peters.
“This office should be held by a fair arbiter who will remain above the partisan fray,” she said. “We need a Secretary of State who will stand shoulder-to-shoulder on the ground with all of our relevant local election officials to increase transparency and vigorously combat misinformation, and not just in an election year. “
US Senate candidate Joe O’Dea used his time to criticize the landmark climate, health care and tax bill passed by Democrats in the Senate over the weekend. He called the legislation, which Vice President Kamala Harris voted for in a tie, a tax that “goes against everything we believe here in Colorado.” He did not mention the climate change and clean energy provisions in the bill.
“Working Americans right now, in a recession, can’t pay taxes. That’s my main beef with this. We don’t need to spend more money and get it back from American workers here in Colorado,” he said.
The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget determined that when fully implemented, the legislation would actually reduce net taxes by about $2 billion a year due to increased climate and environmental credits. ‘energy.
Gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl, Attorney General candidate John Kellner, Treasurer candidate Lang Sias, 7th Congressional District candidate Erik Aadland, 8th Congressional District candidate Barbara Kirkmeyer, City Council candidate Education Dan Maloit and Advance Colorado President Michael Fields also spoke.
In response to Tuesday’s GOP press event, the Colorado Democratic Party claimed the event and Tuesday’s rhetoric were an attempt to distract voters from the party’s position on things like the abortion and climate change.
“The Colorado GOP is out of touch with what Coloradans need and offers only a failed far-right agenda: take away women’s freedom to make their own decisions, deny climate change, and increase tax cuts. taxes that benefit the wealthy and make it harder for working families,” Chairman Morgan Carroll said in a statement.