Well, it’s official – no surprises, really. As I indicated earlier, inside sources knew that Kathleen “Kiki” Traylor would win the vacancy committee’s nod to replace resigning State Senator Norma Anderson in south Jefferson County’s District 22. The response from my friend and favored SD 22 candidate Justin Everett shows strength, confidence, and savvy – and I’ve reprinted it here in full:
The Power Brokers have hoodwinked average citizens like you and me once again.
Our outgoing State Senator was a key architect and top campaigner for Referendum C. During this important upcoming legislative session, she has left citizens of our District and the State of Colorado in a lurch by resigning and leaving us with an untested successor. This is a true disservice to the citizens of our District and the State of Colorado. This resignation truly hurts Republican’s ability to ensure that Referendum C’s tax increase is spent according to the voter’s intent.
The Power Brokers handpicking a successor for our District is the type of inter-party politics we’re all fed up with; we’re tired of these Power Brokers choosing candidates for average citizens. By allowing this failure of participation in the Party process, it will hurt our chances in the 2006 election.
We must be committed to the citizens of our District, and make sure we have a choice on who will best represent and serve our community. I grew up here and care deeply about our District, and I’m not going to let these Power Brokers run our District into the ground.
It’s time to take charge and make a statement by choosing our own candidate for State Senate.
We look forward to making the case for our candidacy and our vision for Colorado – and will truly value your support.
God Bless the State of Colorado,
Let this blog stand as another voice for caucuses over coronations, for conservative principles over convenience, for courage over complaisance. Whether you join me in supporting Justin’s candidacy or not (though he has again proven himself by wisely and boldly staying above the Vacancy Committee fray), will you join me in calling for a robust, open, and fair contest to represent the Republican Party in Senate District 22 this fall? It’s the right thing to do for a party that wants to show confidence in the men and women who make up its heart & soul, a party that stands on principles but carries its message to people of different persuasions, to a party oriented toward the future and grooming young leaders. For the Grand Old Party, may it ever be!