Hall of Famer Maria Del Carmen Guzman-Weese with former Rep. Mike Coffman
Republicans from over the state gathered at Hilton Denver Inverness for the Republican’s Centennial Dinner. On hand, of course, were former and current elected officials with a special shoutout to former Sen. Hank Brown. Party Chair Jeff Hays introduced Sen. Cory Gardner as a great draw for all the people of Colorado – genuine, with a big heart and calling him “Our man from Yuma.” Gardner related the story of a kind property owner who allowed him to also place a sign where Brown had one during his campaign. Later Gardner was introduced to another neighbor who referred to him as the man who covered Brown’s sign.
Hall of Fame inductee Marge Klein
Before introducing special guest Grover Norquist, Gardner extolled the accomplishments of President Trump including more tax cuts than in 30 years and the seating of Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch from Colorado to name a few. “We have bright opportunities ahead,” said Gardner. “We can do better [than the Dems]. I believe in the spirit of this country! The media will tell you Colorado turned blue. I talked with Trump this afternoon and he sends his greetings.”
Sen. Cory Gardner enjoying the reception
Political activist and strategist Norquist is founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) that he created in 1985. ATR opposes all tax increases and advocates for simpler, flatter, more visible and lower taxes. “I am proud to be in the state that has the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) as a line of defense,” said Norquist. “The other line of defense is single rate tax.”
Throughout his presentation, he used the word “stupid” frequently to the delight of his captive audience. “Stupider than France, is not where we want to be. Alexandria Ortega-Cortez says we should have 70 percent tax. People from countries with higher tax rates move to America.” He told the group that branding works. “We need to brand the Republican Party as the party that will not raise taxes.”
He also pointed out that many young people think socialism is OK. However, a Rasmussen Poll said the young people interpret socialism to mean smaller government. Actually, they like freedom so we must educate them. Republicans=freedom. We just want to be left alone for home schooling, religion and Second Amendment Rights.” (One of his books is actually titled Leave Us Alone.)
“So, what do we do now?” he asked. “Judges, judges, judges – there are lots of vacancies! Deregulate. Deregulate. Deregulate! (That’s a focus of the Trump administration.) Take back the House. Take back the House! (This should be doable especially after the Mueller Report.) Hold the Senate. Hold the Senate. Hold the Senate! Hold the Courts! Another advantage our team has, is we can take an idea, pass it in one state and it works. We go state to state and then to Washington. The last election, Colorado voted down taxes – it’s not totally a blue state! Thank you for your leadership.”
Parting words from the outgoing state party chair Jeff Hays, who served as master of ceremonies for the evening: “Take care of your county party chairs. We heard from the experts Gardner and Norquist. The RNC (Republican National Committee) is in great shape, special thanks to chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, the state party is in great shape and that goes back to 1776! You have my eternal gratitude.”
Rep. Ken Buck, Hall of Fame inductee Kaye Ferry (Eagle County) and Sen. Cory Gardner
Republicans of the Year, Gary and Mary Margaret Wright known for their generosity and hospitality with Colorado GOP Chair Jeff Hays.
Candidate for Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman and former State Rep. Joe Nunez who was passionate about lowering taxes while in office.
Amy and Ron Stephens
Diane and Doug Robinson
Nosh Tarachand, founder of America’s House of Commons with newly engaged Tiffany Mai and Brian Watson. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
State Rep. Susan Beckman, Kim Monson (Americhicks) and Jane Chaney (Gunnison County chair)
State GOP Chair Jeff Hays, Anna Zane, Carrie Couey, Jeanne Dassel and John Henderson (Lafayette)
State GOP vice chair Sherrie Gibson, Marla Reichert – El Paso County
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