Yesterday morning I was at the Jefferson County Republican Assembly. If you saw Lynn Bartels’ picture of the sea of signs, you know precisely where I was. There isn’t a whole lot to report on, other than the doughnuts I ate too many of were really good. We forwarded a slate of strong candidates for county office–including incumbents Sheriff Ted Mink, Clerk Pam Anderson, and Treasurer Tim Kauffman–and (hopefully) my next state senator John Odom.
And these events are somewhat like political family reunions — this time with a good amount of new, enthusiastic faces in the crowd. Sources say 980 delegates and alternates in all crowded the El Jebel shrine next door to Denver’s Willis Case Golf Course. That sounds about right to me.
The only disputed Jeffco race was in my House District 27, where despite a temporary procedural “glitch” that held up proceedings, my friend Libby Szabo won a convincing 88 percent of the delegate vote. She looks to carry the Republican banner in one of Colorado’s likeliest pickup opportunities in November.
Even though the lag in scheduling meant he only got to address the delegates from House District 27, perhaps the biggest standing ovation of the day went to Attorney General John Suthers — as apparently also happened in Arapahoe County — for his rousing speech about the lawsuit he joined to protect Colorado from Obama Care.
Of course, the Assembly wouldn’t be complete without the litany of officials and candidates for a range of offices giving speeches. There were forgettable performances, such as the woman speaking on behalf of Cleve Tidwell volunteering to take her clothes off to support her favorite Senate candidate.
But most were good. Besides John Suthers, there were very able and well-received performances by Congressman Mike Coffman and U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck. The only other speech to receive a comparable response was the one delivered by 7th Congressional District candidate Ryan Frazier. The big news he previewed from the podium was a soon-to-be-released poll showing him in a statistical dead heat with incumbent liberal Democrat Ed Perlmutter. I can’t wait to see the poll.
For anyone who may have been there, yes, that was me among the crowd on stage with Frazier waving a sign on his behalf. I’ve been meaning to do this for days now, but consider my support of Ryan Frazier for Congress official (with the standard disclaimer that all such political endorsements are made personally, and don’t necessarily reflect the views of any group with which I am affiliated).
Frazier’s fiscal conservative credentials and principles have never been in doubt, but I am firmly convinced now that he is the only 7th CD GOP candidate who can take down Perlmutter. The rest of the competition — good men all of them, from what I’ve seen — aren’t even close.