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Beauprez v. Holtzman

Am I the only one who notices the multiple ironies in a conservative Republican, ah, encouraging, cough, other conservative Republicans to attack a third conservative Republican using campaign finance laws none of us likes, over his opposition to taxes that, nominally at least, we all opposed?

I'm not the biggest Dick Leggitt fan in the world. But Beauprez has done nothing but confirm his image as someone willing to fight on the politics, but not on the ideas. The fact is, he's tried to short-circuit things at every level, to his and the party's detriment. If he had simply fought a stand-up fight on the issues, he would almost certainly have won the primary vote, regardless of what happened at convention in a few weeks.

Instead, he send out emails with taglines like this:

Prior to his arrival in Colorado, Marc Holtzman was an international financier where, according to his campaign, he "made millions off investments in Eastern Europe."

I know that farmers don't much like bankers, except when they happen to be bankers, but this sounds more appropriate for today's May Day festivities than for an intramural battle among people who know something about how wealth gets created.

The final irony is that in fighting this way, Beauprez is helping to re-open the Schaffer-Coors wounds from two years ago, and to make the primary fight as damaging as he and his supporters predicted when they asked for our support at the outset.


I agree, way out of line and not very encouraging for the "front runner" to be doing crap like that.

Couldn't agree more. It's very disappointing ... the only up-side is how few people are paying attention right now.

While I decided after our meetings with both candidates that either is deserving of support as a quality candidate and governor, I in the end decided to throw my lot in with Holtzman because he had better command of and more to say about ideas. As could have been scripted, the campaign has veered far off the discussion of issues because Beauprez (who has the perceived advantage) doesn't want to distinguish himself on the issues. It's almost reminiscent of the Schaffer-Coors debates.

Couldn't the campaigns both just lie low until the Assembly passes?

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