TRAIL BLEND | Eight left out of Colorado’s 2022 primary election | Columnists

Before the just-concluded primary election fades into the rearview mirror, it’s worth reflecting on some of the personalities, events and controversies that have lit up Colorado’s political world, if only briefly. but which will certainly not influence the 19- week of March in the general elections of November 8.

There’s no shortage of takeaways from the June 28 vote in Colorado – mostly finding that Republican primary voters rejected candidates who put electoral conspiracy theories at the heart of their campaigns and wondering if Democrats wasted much money trying to achieve a different result.

However, it lacks a list of events that occurred in the primary and will remain in the primary.

Some motifs and memes from this year’s primary will continue to crop up through November – candidates on both sides are already attacking their opponents as “too extreme for Colorado” – as will many candidates who failed to win the nomination of their party are sure to give it another try in the next election.

This is one of the reasons why the list does not include, for example, the components of modern pentathlon – fencing, swimming, riding, shooting and running – even though it was the event of the Olympian Eli Bremer. Although he failed to qualify for the U.S. Senate primary during the state GOP assembly, there is a good chance he will return. (There is also a raging controversy over whether to replace equestrian jumping with an obstacle course starting at the Los Angeles Games in 2028, after a German trainer hit a horse that wouldn’t jump the last summer in Tokyo.)

Here are eight things to leave out as Colorado kicks into high gear for the 2022 general election.

office equipment exploding

Republican State Rep. Ron Hanks stormed into a crowded US Senate primary field in early October, declaring himself a ‘pro-Trump warrior’ in a campaign video as he fires a shotgun at a photocopier loaded with target explosives and labeled “Dominion Voting Machine.” The video was later removed by YouTube for violating its terms of service. As Hanks expanded his message to advocate for “re-securing America” ​​on many fronts, Republican primary voters dropped him from the ticket in favor of business owner Joe O’Dea.

Bulletins without choice

Democratic primary voters have faced contested races in only a few legislative and congressional districts this year, as Democratic incumbents hold all state positions on the ballot and have no not faced the main challengers. The rare event – Republicans were in the same situation in 2002 – could have motivated more unaffiliated voters than usual to choose GOP ballots, which were filled with choices, possibly moderating the results .

RIP, the curse of the GOP petition

For only the second time in 40 years, Colorado Republicans nominated a prime candidate — for senator or governor — who petitioned in the primary rather than vote in the assembly, when O’Dea defeated Hanks in the US Senate primary. Republicans and Democrats say it’s time to take a fresh look at Colorado’s rustic nominating system, pledge to follow through election cycle.

Unaffiliated Texas attorney Stanley Thorne

Speaking of the state’s quirky nominating system, Republican Assembly delegates elected conservative radio personality Stanley Thorne on the primary ballot for attorney general, despite being voted out of office days later. later after it turned out he didn’t meet crucial requirements – the Texas lawyer wasn’t licensed to practice law in Colorado and had been registered for years as unaffiliated without a care realize.

Flying excrement as a political metaphor

Democratic congressional candidate Alex Walker announced his candidacy for the 3rd District seat held by U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert with a lavishly produced campaign video that featured huge piles of feces falling from the sky in what the political novice said to be a studied attempt to capture attention and reframe the political debate in more confrontational terms. The ad, which also depicted projectile vomiting and a Boebert surrogate spraying what looks like raw sewage, went viral, and Walker kept up a no-nonsense stream of invective, but finished a distant third in the primary.

Donkey kick or scorpion kick?

Republican Tina Peters, the Mesa County Clerk and a leading proponent of baseless election conspiracy theories, made headlines for months before declaring her candidacy for Secretary of State, including when She was arrested in February at a Grand Junction bagel shop for allegedly obstructing officers as they attempted to extract evidence from her under a search warrant. The incident, captured on video, appears to show Peters kicking officers behind her, although she demonstrated the move at political events, explaining that she was not kicking but standing up simply quickly in tight spaces.

Peters was later charged with seven counts related to allegations that she tampered with election materials, leading the state’s GOP to ask Peters to suspend her campaign for the top election official position. the state. She also faces a contempt of court charge, numerous ethics inquiries and an ongoing federal investigation. While Peters denies doing anything wrong, voters handed him a defeat in the primary.

One person, how many votes?

Making his second unsuccessful run for governor, Republican Greg Lopez floated some bold proposals along the way to win the front row of the state Assembly primary ballot. Among them was a plan to change Colorado’s electoral system to give rural residents more influence in statewide elections than their urban and suburban counterparts.

Lopez said he wants to “(remove) the popular vote for statewide elected officials” and substitute an electoral college based on the state’s 64 counties, with tiny, sparsely populated counties carrying equal or greater weight. than their densely populated neighbors. If Lopez’s plan had been in effect, 9News calculated, GOP gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton would have won the 2018 race in a landslide, instead of losing by double digits to Democrat Jared Polis. , as has happened with the current one-person, one-vote system.

Lopez lost the 2022 primary to Heidi Ganahl, but since she only won 22 counties and he won 42, things could have gone differently under his proposal.

Tim Reichert and the Altar of Baal

Tim Reichert, the Golden economist who pledged $500,000 in his bid for the open 7th congressional district seat represented by retired U.S. Democratic Representative Ed Perlmutter campaigned on his plan to restore America’s middle class, but was also strongly opposed to abortion.

In a video recorded last year and first reported by the Huffington Post, Reichert said, “Every abortion is a human sacrifice” and clarified that he was not speaking metaphorically. “Every abortion feeds the demonic and thus contributes directly to the demise of the church, the demise of America and the demise of the West,” he said, adding that he considered “every abortion as “fuel for the demoniac, for he is the sacrifice of a child at the altar of Baal.

Baal, the leader of the Canaanite gods, came to represent Yahweh’s rivals in the Old Testament and is considered the inspiration for a powerful demon of the same name sometimes described as having the head of a cat, a toad and a man.

Reichert, who has been backed by beer magnate Pete Coors, former U.S. Senator Hank Brown and former U.S. Representative Bob Beauprez, lost the primary to fellow first-timer Erik Aadland, a West Point graduate and former oil and gas executive.

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