WINNERS: Beauprez, Tipton, Buck, Lamborn, Sanchez, Woods

Great job, primary winners

With Colorado’s independent streak, it’s no wonder that our election results are a mixed bag.  We can’t say that the Tea Party prevailed – this certainly was no Cantor moment – but we can’t say the establishment prevailed entirely either.  Coloradans elected the pols they wanted – and it may just work out for Colorado Republicans.


At the top of the ticket will be former Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez, certainly the choice of those who didn’t want a Dan Maes-like gubernatorial candidate. The choice also will benefit Cory Gardner‘s U.S. Senate race.  Beauprez entered the race late, but Republicans rallied around him.  Democrats, on the other hand, tried to prevent his candidacy with attack ads, which only attracted Republican donors.  Too bad for you, Democrats.  Major misstep.


We heard a rumor that Rep. Scott Tipton had a primary opponent, but we never heard from him. Looks like the voters in CD3 didn’t either.  Tipton strolled to a victory.


Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck prevailed over Barbara Kirkmeyer, Steve Laffey, and RMGO-backed Scott Renfroe tonight.  He is likely headed to Washington, D.C. come January as CD4, Cory Gardner’s seat, heavily favors Republican candidates.


We’re just going to go ahead and call this for Rep. Doug LambornBentley Rayburn, again, came up just short.  Better luck next time – we assume there will be a next time, right?

State Senate Races

In the State Senate primaries, Laura Woods bested Lang Sias and Tony Sanchez beat Mario Nicolais.  Woods will run against Hudak campaign manager appointee Sen. Rachel Zenzinger. Sanchez will run against Sen. Andy Kerr in the general.

State House Races

Incumbent Rep. Lori Saine beat primary opponent Bruce Sparrow for the Republican nomination for the HD63 seat.  Fellow incumbent Rep. Justin Everett bested Loren Bauman to run again for HD22.  With Rep. Mark Waller leaving his seat to run for Attorney General, Gordon Klingenschmitt will be the Republican nominee in HD15. Terri Carver edged out her opponents to become the Republican nominee for HD20. Dan Thurlow beat Steven Acquafresca to become the Republican nominee in HD55.

Congratulations to all the winners, and chin up to those who didn’t win.  Hopefully, we can all come together to take down on the tyrants from the left in the general election.  Ready?  Go Team!


SHINSEKI FALLOUT ROUNDUP: Where CO Politicians Fall On His Demise

PeakNation™, we’ve already written on what Gen. Eric Shinseki’s resignation means for Rep. Mike Coffman– a man who has been on the VA’s ass for the past year, and one of the first to call for Shinseki to step down.  But, what about the rest of the Colorado’s Congressional delegation?  Where do they fall on this shameful act of negligence to our veterans?  Let’s find out.

The No-Action Caucus: Rep. Diana Degette, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Sen. Michael Bennet

Faced with a mounting pile of evidence of the VA’s incompetence and willful deceitfulness, the majority of Colorado’s Democratic Congressional Caucus felt there was no need to demand a change in leadership.  Apparently, this whole unmitigated disaster was not a failure in leadership.  Then again, with Gov. John Hickenlooper being the head of the Colorado Democrats right now, it’s possible Colorado Dems aren’t quite sure what leadership looks like anymore.

The Trail-Blazers Caucus: Rep. Mike Coffman, Rep. Cory Gardner, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Rep. Scott Tipton

While Coffman arguably led all of Congress in this fight, Gardner and Lamborn were both quick to recognize the grave nature of this issue.  As early as May 8th, Gardner was out front calling on Shinseki to resign for failing our veterans.  At the same time, Lamborn’s position on the Veterans Affairs Committee gave him an opportunity to be one of the first members of Congress to dig deep into this mess.  Tipton used his vote on H.R. 4031 and a Memorial Day press release to attack the VA’s gross mismanagement.

The Oh-S*#@, I’m Running for Reelection Caucus: Sen. Mark Udall

Udall was only stirred to action this past week after robocalls started going out against him and other vulnerable Democrats.  It’s disturbing it took a public shaming campaign for him to finally be spurred to action.  Veterans in Colorado and across our country who have fought for our freedoms were being neglected, and yet, Udall does nothing about it until his political career is threatened.  A man who thinks in such craven, political terms does not deserve to represent Colorado anymore.


BREAKING: Democratic CD3 Candidate Buffie McFadyen Abruptly Leaves Race

Was it something we said?  In a bizarre twist of events, former State House Representative and current Pueblo County Commissioner Buffie McFadyen has left the CD3 race just little over a month after she entered the race. The rumor was confirmed via her Facebook page:

After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided to withdraw from the 3rd Congressional race.

My decision was made after watching my son at his lacrosse game Wednesday. Timing as the saying goes, is everything. My son is a high school sophomore. After watching his first home game, I realized I’m not prepared to miss his last two years of high school here in Colorado. Time with our children moves much too swiftly and like any mom, I want to spend as much time as possible with my son over the next two years. At least I am hopeful for as much time as a teenager allows….

McFadyen would have squared off against popular Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton.  McFadyen had come under fire last year for (another) bizarre incident in which she and the head of the Pueblo Democratic Party were given a DUI preferential treatment after police found them sitting in a car chatting after attending a hot springs party at a nudist resort.  From our report in November 2013:

She was caught in a rather awkward situation — parked in a dirt lot at night, intoxicated and with a man who isn’t her husband. But she didn’t get a DUI – instead she got a ride home.

Not only is her departure from the race awkward for her, but this is a huge black eye for Colorado Democratic Party Chair Rick Palacio.  Seriously?  This seat was in Democratic hands for three terms and Democrats dumped a ton of resources into the race in 2012.  And, now, they can’t even field a challenger?  Did Sal Pace piss away Democrat’s chances to ever hold this seat again?


SRSLY? C’MON: Denver Post Sides with White House Instead of Colorado on Water Rights

It shouldn’t surprise us to see The Denver Post editorial board siding with the Obama White House.  At this point, it’s what we expect from them.  However, we were quite taken aback by this weekend’s editorial in which The Post takes the opposite side of Colorado’s best interest when it comes to water rights.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton had a common sense bill on the floor last week, the Water Rights Protection Act, which he says will protect private water rights from uncompensated federal takings.  From Tipton’s press release:

“Over the past decade, there have been numerous cases when the federal government has attempted to circumvent long-established state water law in order to take privately-held water rights without paying for them. By using the federal permit, lease, and land management process to extort water rights from those who hold rights under state law, the federal government is overreaching, violating private property rights, and the United States Constitution.”

This policy backs up long standing precedent that defers to states and local authorities on water issues.  The bill also enjoyed broad bipartisan support – something The Post loves, except when it’s lead by a Republican – and passed out of the house 238 to 174.

Never missing a chance to politicize a non-partisan issue, President Obama has already issued a veto threat against Tipton’s bill.  While Tipton is actually trying to push meaningful legislation that’s in the best interests of Colorado, Obama is trying to make sure the U.S. Forest Service consolidates as much power as possible over Colorado water rights.

You’d think this issue would be a no-brainer for the state’s largest paper.  Unfortunately, they just couldn’t help toeing the left’s party line.


PAGING RICK PALACIO: Democrats Can’t Field Decent CD3 Candidate

With all the hullabaloo around the Coffman vs. Romanoff race, we almost forgot about U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton’s race – if you could call it a race.  As Democrats focus on bailing out liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall, they seem to be unable to field a legitimate candidate for Congressional District 3 against Tipton.

Where is Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio on this?  Can Palacio not find someone to challenge Tipton in a district they held only four years ago?  Perhaps the problem is that the Dems intended candidate, recalled state Senator Angela Giron, didn’t work out so well for them.  Problem #1: She was recalled.  Problem #2: She went on national television and got owned by a CNN reporter when she tried to blame her recall on voter suppression.  Problem #3: Polling showed that Giron was just unlikeable and bad at her job.  Unfortunately, she was about the best they had, and that says a lot.

The Democrats’ inability to field a decent candidate has more to do with how out of touch they are with the average Coloradan.  In fact, they’re so extreme that they’ve even alienated conservative Democrats in Pueblo.  But, if Palacio wants to let his party run amok, who are we to get in the way?


DO NOTHINGS: Some Had a Productive Government Shutdown, Others Not So Much

The Denver Post‘s Allison Sherry recently highlighted the accomplishments of Colorado’s U.S. Representatives and Senators during the government shutdown.  While some boasted legitimate accomplishments, others seemed to freak out about Sherry’s query and list some random thing that happened during the shutdown in which they kind of participated.  In the latter category is our esteemed Democratic Senator Mark Udall and Representative Ed Perlmutter.

While his colleagues in the Colorado delegation were introducing pieces of legislation, such as Rep. Scott Tipton’s legislation that would prevent federal water grabs, Udall is proud of his decision to allow the nomination of Stephen Preston, would-be Department of Defense chief counsel, to move forward.  Here is what Sherry wrote about the “accomplishment”:

“Sen. Mark Udall lifted his hold on on the nomination of Stephen Preston to be the Department of Defense chief counsel, which led to his confirmation. Udall initially had concerns about Preston after he did not sufficiently acknowledge flaws in the country’s detention and interrogation program. Udall’s office said he decided to support Preston only after clarifications that Preston would take Congressional oversight seriously.”

Really?  So, Udall didn’t do anything as much as he stopped doing something.

And, then, there was Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter, whose big accomplishment was helping a woman sign up for death benefits, which was nice, but really?

“Rep. Ed Perlmutter tells the story of a woman from his district who had a problem with her Social Security widow benefits. Every year, the woman has to provide the government proof of her Public Employee Retirement Association benefits to get her Social Security money. There was a glitch this year, but because of the shutdown she couldn’t get anyone on the phone to help her. Perlmutter’s office called the Social Security Administration directly and had an “essential” staffer” meet her in the lobby so she could get the glitch resolved.”

We get it, Ed, you’re a man of the people.  You meet them in grocery stores, you call the social security office for them, you send interns to meet constituents in lobbies.  That was awfully nice of you, but one phone call in 16 days was your big accomplishment, really?  And, remind PeakNation™, you didn’t forgo your $174,ooo salary during this time, correct?


STAFFING UP: Lt. Gov Garcia’s Hire of Union Boss Hints At Higher Aspirations

News broke last week that Lt. Governor Joe Garcia had hired union boss Scott Wasserman, of state government union Colorado WINS, to be his Chief of Staff. We’d be remiss if we didn’t note the subtext to that announcement.

Wasserman, the first big boss of the union created by one-term Governor Bill Ritter’s controversial executive order unionizing state government, shows that Garcia is beefing up for a run for something, probably governor in 2018, according to our sources.

Some old guard Dems and liberal operatives have allegedly been saying that former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and State Senator Mike Johnston are a better choice, but Garcia isn’t apparently eager to take a dive for Salazar (D-BP).

Earlier this year Democrats floated Garcia as a potential candidate against Republican Congressman Scott Tipton in the 3rd Congressional District. That apparently went over like a lead balloon, as Tipton’s seat is rather safe at this point and Garcia doesn’t seem interested in wasting his time in an unwinnable race.

Garcia’s hiring of Wasserman seems to indicate he’s set his sights a bit higher than Congressman.


Peak Feed: Rep. Tipton Blasts IRS Commissioner Over Tax Reform

Anyone who has tried to complete his or her own taxes will applaud Republican U.S. Representative Scott Tipton’s fierce questioning of IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel during a Small Business hearing on the IRS and Small Businesses: Ensuring Fair Treatment.  See the video below.


SCOTT TIPTON, REST EASY: Gun Grabbing Democrats Eyeing Run For Conservative 3rd Congressional District

With Republican Congressman Scott Tipton’s larger-than-expected trouncing of Sal Pace (D-Urination) in 2012, we thought Democrats had given up all hope at ever making a spirited challenge for that seat in the near future.

Turns out there are a few high profile Democrats with ambitions bigger than their political brains.

Reports National Journal’s Hotline on Call:

At least two Democrats are considering running against Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., next year: state Sen. Gail Schwartz and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. Multiple state Democrats confirmed Schwartz and Garcia are being recruited to run in the state’s 3rd Congressional District.

Schwartz, a two-term senator and the majority whip in Colorado’s upper legislative chamber, cannot run for her seat again in 2014 due to term limits. Multiple state Democrats hailed her as a potentially strong fundraiser.

…Garcia has never run for elected office in his own right — Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper selected Garcia as a running mate in 2010 — but the motorcycle-riding LG’s biography and experience have some fellow Democrats excited about his prospects.

As we noted after the election, not only did Pace lose last year, but he got less votes than Kevin Lundberg did against Congressman Jared Polis in CD2. And no one even called CD2 competitive.

If the 3rd Congressional District was safe territory for Tipton in 2012 despite the 84,930 OFA offices the Obama campaign had littered across the state, it’s most certainly safe terrain in 2014.

Oh and then there is this:

With both Schwartz and Garcia tied to gun control legislation that has sparked massive protests across CD3 from Durango to Grand Junction, we think it’s safe to say Scott Tipton ain’t got a race on his hands.


CO WHO? Bennet Votes with Constituents, Udall Votes with Party

Last night, as legislators voted on the fiscal cliff deal, a curious thing happened. Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall voted opposite each other.  Bennet was one of just eight senators who voted “no” to the deal, while Udall voted yes.  In his statement following the vote, Bennet said:

“Coloradans have told me they want a plan that materially reduces the deficit. This proposal does not meet that standard and does not put in place a real process to reduce the debt down the road.  While I do support many of the items in this proposal — for example, extending unemployment insurance, the wind production tax credit and tax cuts for most Americans — I believe they should have come in the context of a comprehensive deficit reduction package.”

Bennet and Udall have the same constituents, so it’s puzzling that Udall would vote no.  It’s also worth noting that Democratic U.S. Reps Degette (Dean of the Delegation), Polis, and Perlmutter also voted for the deal while Republican Reps. Coffman, Lamborn, Tipton, and Gardner all voted against the deal.

With Bennet citing Coloradans preferences for his vote, one has to wonder who inspired Udall’s vote.  Since Udall hasn’t had a townhall since August 2012, according to his web site (see below), it’s understandable that he wouldn’t have a clue about the preferences of Coloradans.  But, the truth is that it’s Senator Udall’s job to know what  Coloradans sent him to Washington, D.C. to accomplish.  Coloradans didn’t send him to Washington, D.C. to vote with everyone else.  We sent him to D.C. to vote in our best interests.  It’s unfortunate that he doesn’t understand that concept and didn’t bother to ask Coloradans how they would like him to vote.

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