Holtzman and his campaign adviser Laura Teal graciously gave us more than an hour of their time and of the candidate’s vision, passion, and optimism.
The former president of the University of Denver & state technology secretary talked with facility and command about how to solve the budget’s structural problems in creative and courageous ways. He shared his plan for strengthening the state’s Republican Party structure. He has concrete ideas to address the current and looming issues of illegal immigration, eminent domain abuse, energy dependence, and public health management. He sought to distinguish himself from his GOP rival, Congressman Bob Beauprez, by making a case for his principled leadership.
And Marc and Laura have prepared and implemented a well-thought strategy to reach the GOP base and head to next summer’s state convention in a position of strength. He knows he’s the underdog and the outsider, but he seems to thrive on it as he once did as an entrepreneurial venture capitalist – helping to transform the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe.
The Holtzman campaign has focus, innovation, energy, enthusiasm, and a broad and growing coalition of grassroots support. Pundits would be foolish to count them out, even after their unsuccessful vigorous campaign against Referenda C and D. Marc and his team appear ready to carry that same vigor and persistence into making their man the Republican Party’s choice – and ultimately Colorado’s choice – for governor in 2006.
GOP activists and supporters should at least give Marc Holtzman’s campaign careful consideration. Check out the Web site and learn more.
Speaking personally, as a constituent of Congressman Beauprez’s, I have tended to lean in the direction of supporting his cause. Even as I’ve maintained my neutrality, I have friends in both camps. But after yesterday’s meeting – like Mike – I am cautiously reconsidering my earlier leanings. Whoever I end up supporting (and I hope to make a decision soon), I will do so with passion and dedication, all while keeping a positive attitude and the larger Republican cause before me.
In response to my question of whether he thought Colorado was becoming a “blue state,” Marc Holtzman responded: “We need to articulate our vision, and the majority will follow. It’s not theirs to win. It’s ours to lose.”