Update: Video and photos added below the fold.
ARVADA — Victory was in the air before the party for Republican Colorado 7th Congressional candidate Ryan Frazier could really get underway. He even beat my conservative expectations. With 65 percent of precincts reporting, Frazier has a 65-35 lead and a declared victory over honorable second place contender Lang Sias.
I am working to upload the video of Frazier’s victory speech, but for now here are some transcribed quotes to whet your appetite. (You also can see the official statement on the Frazier website.)
The crowd mingles before the man of the hour arrives
Ryan Frazier chats with Attorney General John Suthers
Frazier greets the crowd after his well-received victory speech
On the concession phone call from Lang Sias:
He was very gracious to me in extending not only congratulations but his commitment to stand with me as we unify as one party to take this district back.
On staff and volunteers:
Without you we would not be here today, and without you our margin of a successful election would not be what it is right now.
On message to voters:
I’m going to ask every voter in the 7th Congressional District, every person, to believe again — to believe in the exceptional nature of America, to believe in those ideals that make our country the free and prosperous Republic we know it can and should be, to believe that it can be better if we have principled Americans who will go to Congress, who will do what they say, and who will put forth solutions that don’t require more government but require less. Free markets, personal responsibility, limited government: that’s going to be what this election is about.
On contrasts with his opponent:
Now Congressman Ed Perlmutter is completely out of touch with the people of the 7th Congressional District. The question that’s going to be before the voters is do you want someone who will represent you, or do you want someone who will represent Nancy Pelosi? Do you want someone who will stand up and fight for you in Washington, or do you want someone who’s going to go along to get along?
On his platform:
Let me assure you that our platform will be a platform that lays out a plan for prosperity, that seeks to put our fiscal house in order, to rein in the out-of-control debt that attributes over $43,000 to every American. That includes my three children who barely know what taxes are….
Folks, our agenda is going to be very clear: a pro-economic growth agenda that says there’s a way to get our country back on track, to create jobs by spurring private business investment, giving businesses a reason to invest, getting businesses the type of certainty they need in order to make those tough decisions to hire again, and to make the tough, tough decisions that need to be made to curtail spending and reform entitlements. This election is going to come down to those issues: the ability of the individual and families to put food on the table, a roof over their head and clothes on their children’s backs.
Now is our time to bring forth better ideas not just for ourselves, but for future generations.
In addition to the groundswell of support from within the district, Ryan Frazier has garnered the attention of the Leaders of Tomorrow PAC (LOTPAC), which supports conservative candidates for the U.S. House under age 40 and for the U.S. Senate under age 45.
As Frazier told nearly everyone around the room at Alamos Verdes while shaking hands, the real work begins tomorrow.