How often do you hear of a gubernatorial candidate in a contested primary endorsing another candidate in a state senate primary? Oh, I haven’t done any exhaustive research. But it can’t happen too often. What advantage can be gained? I only ask having heard about this:
Today, former West Slope Congressman and leading candidate for governor, Scott McInnis, threw his support behind Mark Hurlbert for Colorado State Senate.
“As a conservationist and avid outdoorsman, Mark knows the district and will represent his neighbors’ interests well at the capitol,” McInnis said. “His ability to get groups with varying interests to come together and get things done will serve the state well. I look forward to working with him the future.”
Additionally, as a former police officer, McInnis reiterated Mark’s commitment to public safety saying, “Mark’s background as a prosecutor and witnessing the challenges of the criminal justice system uniquely prepares him to stand up for victims rights and punish wrongdoers.”
Interestingly, McInnis’ endorsement comes before Hurlbert has posted scarcely more than a hint about where he stands on any issues on his website. (Though he does have a link to the Scott McInnis for Governor website … Is this what Republican Party “unity” is all about?) I don’t have anything against Hurlbert, don’t know much about him. But conservatives already have a strong and sure friend in the Senate District 16 race: conservative Republican Tim Leonard.
Let me be candid. I have met Tim Leonard personally, and think very highly of him. He jumped in the race first late last year when no other Republican would pick up the slack. He is a fellow Hillsdale College alumnus (Go Blue & White!). He is a strong fiscal conservative who has signed the Colorado Union of Taxpayer’s Pledge (you can read about it on the main page of his website!) and a successful businessman. He has done a solid job of raising money thus far. He has earned the endorsement of many elected conservative Colorado leaders.
And if Scott McInnis can endorse Mark Hurlbert, I gladly give my personal endorsement (not of any organization with which I happen to be affiliated) to Tim Leonard. I encourage you to help support his campaign however you can. Republicans and fiscal conservatives can take back Senate District 16, and Tim Leonard is the one who can do it!