The Rocky Mountain News sheds light on yesterday’s radio ads. According to the report, the ads were produced by “Coloradans for Freedom and Opportunity,” or the political henchmen of the pro-tax increase power brokers in the state Republican party.
Last year Marc Holtzman challenged their stand on Referendum C, and they throw buckets of mud back – mostly innuendo. I wonder where the preponderance of the GOP’s grassroots – who are scheduled to convene in Colorado Springs on May 20 – stood on Ref C. Well, let me tell you: with Holtzman, not with Katy Atkinson and Bruce Benson. I have a hard time explaining the timing of the release of these ads, except that the anti-Holtzman crowd are attempting to curb a defeat at the State Assembly, or at least to take their negative appeal to a broader audience.
Holtzman and his team had to have anticipated the escalation of these sort of vitriolic assaults. How they respond in the coming weeks will say a lot about the quality and character of the campaign. If done well, they may be able to rally more of the party faithful to their banner.
We have 16 days to see which candidate earns top line at the Assembly. Depending on which side you listen to, you get drastically different stories of where the levels of support are. A lot of jockeying is going on for the narrowest cadres of support. What I hope for, more than anything, is a fair and untainted vote at the Assembly (unlike the clouds of controversy that swirled in 2004).
While I tend to disagree with John Straayer in most cases, his analysis quoted in the Rocky that a “civil war” has been taking place in Colorado’s Republican Party is not far off.
Make no mistake, however, that this “civil war” has roots far deeper than Holtzman and Beauprez and 2006. I can only hope that the candidate with fewer primary votes can urge his cohorts to lay down their arms come August.
Cross posted at Holtzman v Beauprez
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