While Mitt Romney has secured the most Colorado endorsements and Rick Santorum has held the most Colorado events, Newt Gingrich has been noticeably absent from Colorado. That's not for lack of support — the last poll of Colorado, in early December, had Gingrich beating Romney by 19 points. Today, Gingrich's campaign announced his Colorado spokesman as former CU Regent and GOP Chairman of Larimer County, Tom Lucero. (See the announcement here)
Lucero took over the Chairmanship of the Larimer County GOP last year, helping to clean up the financial mess left behind by former Chairman Larry Carillo. Chairman Carillo allegedly took thousands of dollars of county GOP money for his own personal bills and failed to file finance reports for months. Carillo was charged with felony theft and left thousands of dollars in fines for the county GOP to pay before it could begin raising a single cent for this year's election.
In only a few short months, Lucero took the county party from $35,000 in the hole to having $8,000 in the bank, along with new rules to avoid a repeat of the Carillo situation. He recently stepped down as Chairman to spend more time on his business. His addition to Gingrich's Colorado team is good news for the former Speaker and his supporters.
Also of note in Gingrich-land is GOP operative and Tea Party favorite Patrick Davis of Colorado Springs, who is the State Director for Gingrich's campaign in Colorado.
We wrote about Davis last month in his efforts to make conservatives open their eyes regarding ridiculous fracking regulations being considered in Colorado Springs and other localities around the state.
A well-placed source tells us that DC operative Italia Federici is helping organize Colorado for Gingrich. She was also, according to our source, helping the Gingrich campaign in Iowa and South Carolina — where Gingrich trounced Romney.
Helping organize efforts for Gingrich in Pueblo is the Vice President of Somos Republicans, Steven Rodriguez. Somos Republicans' mission statement is to double the size of the Hispanic GOP voting block in two years. The group endorsed Newt Gingrich's campaign two weeks ago. In 2010, Rodriguez ran against state Representative, and now CD3 Congressional candidate, Sal Pace (D-Urination).
With Gingrich staffing up in the state, and the only campaign ad being run in Colorado a negative spot from Rick Santorum hitting Gingrich, we're betting the former Speaker will be arriving any day now. Our sources say "stay tuned."
If Gingrich does schedule a campaign event, you can find it on our comprehensive GOP Primary Candidate Colorado Event Schedule — the only one we know of in the state.
If you hear of other GOP primary campaign efforts in Colorado, email us at tips (at) coloradopeakpolitics.com
(Lucero pic via Peoples Press Collective Flickr)
(Davis pic via Patrick Davis Consulting)