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ziik

meanwhile, Holtzman has raised well over a quarter million.

Buffy

Holtzman may have raised a quarter million dollars, but he is NOT a contender. Insiders generally agree that Beauprez can have the nomination wrapped up by mid-Summer and then move on to focus on the General.

Buffy

Holtzman may have raised a quarter million dollars, but he is NOT a contender. Insiders generally agree that Beauprez can have the nomination wrapped up by mid-Summer and then move on to focus on the General.

Alva Adams

Coffman has also agreed to voluntary spending limits, which is code for: "I'm not going to be able to keep up in fundraising, so I'll make my richer opponents feel guilty."

T. C.

Aren't you forgetting about Scott McInnis? I wouldn't be so sure about wrapping anything up by mid-summer especially when Scott gets in the race.

T.C.

Aren't you forgetting about Scott McInnis? I wouldn't be so sure about wrapping anything up by mid-summer especially when Scott gets in the race.

Buffy

Nope, not forgetting Scott McInnis. He can't win a GOP Primary -- tooooo liberal.

jeffcopolitics

Buffy-

Agreed - but that is what liberal Republicans count on - multiple conservatives dividing the vote so they pick up the spoils vs. winning out right.
That is why McInnis is rumored to be going petition.

Must give Scott props - he paved the way for Hillary to make her moderation on abortion. I can recall Scott being pruod to be pro-choice back in the day when Mary Dambmen claimed to be pro-choice as well. Then in 1996 at the Jeffco Lincoln Day started tlking about partial birth abortion and started to wear the colors of pro-lifers but last time I checked you can't change the stripes of a zebra.

Aside from that he opposed the Defense of Marriage Act that Allard put forward. While Dems made gains in 04 they did not make it by being true to their base. They made it by sounding like Republicans. Fortunately they have continued to legislate like Dems.

If Scott were more conservative and not so self serving I could support him but he is running for Scott not for Colorado.

Curious Stranger

"While Dems made gains in 04 they did not make it by being true to their base. They made it by sounding like Republicans. Fortunately they have continued to legislate like Dems."

The Dems did anything but sound like Republicans. It was the distinct sound of the Republicans not solving the state problems that brought them into power. And yes, fortunately, they have been working diligently at solving them, as Dems do.

Evil Genius for a Better Tomorrow

Is that TC in here shilling for McInnis again? For chrissakes, give it up.

Tell me again which GOP primary voting block McInnis is going to ride to victory? Moderate Western Slopers? That's about 8% of the electorate. Single-issue, pro-choice GOP primary voters? (Not just pro-choice, but single-issue, pro-choice) You can add another 4%.

Let's see if you can follow along. A conservative Western Slope voter will vote conservative ahead of geography. Beauprez and Holtzman both have crossover appeal to moderates who aren't single-issue pro-choice voters.

Therefore, the only way McInnis would have a chance would be if he were in a two-man primary against a hardcore conservative.

Unfortunately, he's in a four-person race where at least two of the conservatives have mainstream moderate business appeal.

So that leaves McInnis with two voting blocks: moderate Western Slopers and single-issue statewide pro-choice Republicans.

I don't care if he's a nice guy, that still puts him at about 12%.

Colorado_Underdog

Who would be a better Lt. Gov. Holtzman, Coffman or Jane Norton under a Beauprez Governorship?

Saundra

I'd like to see a Beauprez/Coffman ticket.

hack

My money is on a more non-conventional selection as LG. No idea who it would be, but Beauprez doesn't need anybody to add to strengthen his base, like a Coffman. But he could use somebody to broaden his appeal.

Although Holtzman would probably be the best pick in terms of doing the job once elected, rather than best pick for getting elected.

Donald E. L. Johnson

I read Mike's letter last night. I've supported and admired him for years, and his very professional letter certainly caught my attention. But I'm not ready to decide on a candidate until I have a better feel for where the candidates want to take the Colorado GOP.

As a pre-boomer almost senior, my biggest concerns are about the theocratic direction the GOP is being led. Family values are being distorted by theocrats who want 1,000-page end of life, birthing, education, health care and marriage laws implemented by 10,000-page regs and enforced by tons of case law. While Americans are predominantly Christians, we oppose having old, power-crazed ministers tell us how to start, live or end our lives or teach our kids and spend our money.

We need to understand how the gubernatorial candidates stand on these issues.

Two constituencies that are waiting for new leadership come to mind.

1. Young people who support gay marriage, want some semblance of choice, hate our dumbed down public schools but want public schools and believe that the Social Security system is corrupt and needs to be fixed.

2. Baby boomers who see big government looming in their futures as they face mortality and decisions about who will decide when and where and how they will die and what will happen to their estates. They are frightened and will vote accordingly. They have no trust in today's politicians.

Both of these groups want government out of their private lives.

So where are we going with this?

Support GOP primary candidates who:

1. Back the War on Islamic Terrorism and support secure borders and a strong, modern military, but not the over-spending on pork that Congressional Dems and Rs so irresponsibly fund.

2. Are religious but understand our historical legacy of the separation of church and state and promise to facilitate the freedom of religion as well as protections against the tyranny of religioius minorities who control one or the other major party.

3. Are economic conservatives who understand the proper roles of governments as regulators of free markets, but not market manipulators, and seek to minimize taxes and government spending. We're not interested in candidates who want to raise taxes via TABOR revisions.

4. Know that government has its place as the safety net for the incompetent and disabled but not as the employer of last resort for welfare workers and government union members, who control the Democratic Party.

5. Believe that financial incentives work, including the financial incentives to save and invest for retirement and end-of-life health care services.

6. Will work to end government subsidization of favored industries and unions.

7. Advocate academic, governmental, corporate and non governmental institutional integrity and the enforcement of all laws, not just those that win the most votes. Illegal immigration and violation of drug laws should not be tolerated.

7. Can sell these ideas to voters as benefits and not as efforts to enrich the rich and impoverish the poor. GWB's efforts to fix Social Security and Medicare show how difficult that task will be.

At this point, I'm thinking Rudgy G. is the presidential candidate most likely to win on such a platform. Who's the GOP gubernatorial candidate who can lead the party out of its theocratic haze? Or will HIck have the field to himself?

peterco

DELJ, you make more numbered list replies than anyone I've ever talked to. But you still make good points at times.

I can't see Rudy getting out of a primary contest against a fundamental candidate, since the fundies will want more of what they have already recieved. In Colorado, that block may not be as significant but still has influence.

Family values as peddled now is the biggest load of crap I've ever seen. My family values: the government should stay the hell away from my family values.

In Easter mass, I noticed how many two-timers Catholics (XMas and Easter) were there - a whole lot. You can't force mass onto them, just like you can't force gay people back into the closet by passing a law that invalidates any legal relationship. It will still happen, whether you like it or not.

What is your stance on Roe v. Wade then, since you seem more libertarian-ish?

Sonny Crockett

Why are you egging him on? "Teacher, you forgot to assign us homework today!" Stop the insanity!

peterco

Maybe he will get up to evelyn items this time? I dunno.

Rob M.

Back to the origional question does Coffman have the fundraising juice? the answer is NOPE. That why Rutt Bridges is so appealing he steps in with 3x the money any of the other candidates can raise thus he can talk to more voters more often. I give the advantage to Rutt B.

vet

Holtzman has the personal wealth to match Rutt. Furthermore, he can far outraise Rutt 1 on 1. Still, Beauprez's the man.

neo

Coffman can't be serious. He is outflanked by BB and MH, and even worse if SM gets in. Also, he is dead meat in the 7th, especially if Rick O'Donnell, the presumed candidate and favorite, launches. Obviously that won't happen until BB makes up his mind. Not to be critical, but, how is BB going to campaign when he is supposed to be in DC taking care of the people's business.

don o. vann

Too bad we can't just have four more years of Bill Owens as governor!

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