It’s been a big week so far for GOP 7th Congressional candidate Jimmy Lakey. On Sunday he won a plurality of votes from viewers of the North Denver candidate forum. Then today, word broke on the liberal Colorado Pols blog that Tom Tancredo is endorsing Lakey — though no confirmation as of yet has been published by the candidate himself.
Finally, Jimmy Lakey was introduced to a national audience in a one-segment appearance on the Hugh Hewitt Show. In general, Lakey came across well on the interview, though the format was too tight to be very informative to the general listener.
My gripe is with the interviewer, and reminded me of why I had stopped listening to Hugh’s drive-time program for many weeks. Tom Lucero isn’t the only (or even the leading) Republican candidate in the 4th Congressional, and the same can be said of Jimmy Lakey in the 7th.
Nothing at all against Lakey (or Lucero, for that matter), and Hewitt has every right to issue his personal endorsements. But it’s disingenuous of the national radio host to not acknowledge the existence of any of the four other Republican candidates vying to challenge Ed Perlmutter, especially:
- NRCC contender Ryan Frazier, who outraised incumbent Perlmutter in the fourth quarter, has raked in a slew of endorsements, and has a perfect record on our grassroots survey of Colorado’s political temperature
- Former senior McCain staffer Lang Sias, who has garnered some Beltway support and was among the first Colorado candidates to pledge repeal of Obama Care
None of that is to downplay what certainly appears to be a good week for Jimmy Lakey. The question as we approach the March 16 caucus and May 20 Congressional assembly is whether local Republicans have a 3-way race on our hands to take on Ed Perlmutter. In any case, I wouldn’t give much weight to the opinion of Hugh Hewitt.