It was a super fun and informative summer picnic for conservatives with plenty of patriotism and support for President Donald Trump. The Arapahoe County Republicans (GOP), or as they like to say: “Great Opportunity Party” is bringing back traditions.
Steve Grove opened his spectacular ranch – a favorite gathering place for Republicans. Nearby Valley Country Club loaned its golf carts for transportation on the grounds. Lynne Cottrell and Jewell Hargrave brought back the annual barbeque event with dozens of sponsors, donors and volunteers including Cherry Creek Republican Women. Tony David and WildeFire loaned their sound system. Bo Cottrell auctioneered and one sweet treat alone fetched $70. Clever gift baskets were awarded lucky ticket holders. (The Villager’s own publisher Bob Sweeney won a basket that included a T-shirt.) Arapahoe County Republican Party Chair Dorothy Gottlieb was emcee and added a sprinkle of humor when she included personal quips with each introduction. Former State Senator Nancy Spence and Dr. Peter Spence were celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary. The animated popular radio host Jimmy Sengenberger arrived via golf cart for a music interlude on the harmonica beginning with The Blues in the key of F. Keynote speakers were outgoing GOP State Chair Steve House, outgoing DA – 18th Judicial District George Brauchler and State Rep. HD 38 Susan Beckman who is up for reelection. “Colorado is the only state with DA term limits,” said Brauchler who served the heavily populated and diverse Arapahoe, Elbert, Lincoln and Douglas Counties during heartbreaking times. He extolled the virtues of John Kelner, his day-one hire, running to be the next DA. “I care about keeping us safe and respecting the rule of law,” said Kelner.
The audience gave rapt attention to Rep. Beckman who was invited to the White House for President Trump’s Executive Order signing of the bill for healthcare open billing, published fees and negotiated insurance reimbursement in and out of the patient’s network – ending secrecy. And, Health Savings Accounts will be more flexible. Beckman had co-sponsored a non-partisan bill (1358) in Colorado for just that and out of the blue it was killed by Planned Parenthood to the tune of $6 million. It was huge thing that he (President Trump) did. He stands up for people (patients)!
Multiple local candidates throughout the county were on hand to give brief insight to their campaign platforms. “We have a set of wonderful candidates running,” said County Chair Dorothy Gottlieb. ‘We must unite.” She also mentioned that the organization has new headquarters, an 80 Percent Club and encouraged visiting the website and its tabs: arapahoerepublicans.org. “We have to get people inspired to dream again, to believe in The American Dream” said State GOP Chair Steve House. “We can win! It’s been a blessing and pleasure to serve.”
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