Poll numbers for Colorado Republicans have been less favorable than any would like to see, but in the crucial weeks leading up to the 2006 election the Party is putting another weapon into play: volunteers. I was pleased to see several dozen volunteers show up at GOP Victory Headquarters in Wheat Ridge this morning to see Rick O’Donnell and the legendary Hugh Hewitt.
After a brief rally, volunteers split up to work their separate state house districts – dropping literature, making phone calls, stuffing mailers. I was told many more volunteers who never showed up at Victory HQ went to work hitting the streets this morning.
Jeffco’s big “Super Saturday” volunteer push is part of a statewide GOP effort. So if you’re a registered Colorado Republican or independent voter, there’s a good chance you received some sort of contact today with information about the Republican candidates in your area – be it a phone call or pieces of literature left at your doorstep.
I enjoyed the fresh air and exercise of walking a couple Arvada neighborhoods, passing out literature touting O’Donnell, Bob Beauprez, and my state representative Bill Crane. I got to talk to a few residents and to spread the good word. And there were hundreds more like me working across the state, talking to friends and neighbors and delivering the message: the Republican Party is representing families, taxpayers, small business owners, with the values of individual liberty, personal responsibility, and a strong national defense.
O’Donnell is in a heated battle with Democrat Ed Perlmutter in Colorado’s 7th CD, in one of the sure-to-be hottest races of the political season with coffers of cash pouring in to the district on behalf of both candidates. I’m looking for a photo finish in that race. Beauprez’s campaign for governor got a late start but is picking up some momentum and looks to close strong against Bill Ritter. Republicans are the favorites to hold the statewide offices of Treasurer (Mark Hillman), Secretary of State (Mike Coffman), and Attorney General (John Suthers). Recovering the state senate may not be in the cards for 2006, but Republican chances are improving to regain the majority in the state house. Then there are too many county and local offices to mention, races that are often more important than attention they receive.
For each of these races (and more), every extra ounce of effort from Colorado Republican volunteers pushes the team that much closer to victory on November 7. See you at the next “Super Saturday” event!