Republican governor candidates Doug Robinson, Greg Lopez, Walker Stapleton and Victor Mitchell stand together for a Republican win.
BY FREDA MIKLIN
The Republican unity tour began in Pueblo at 8:30 a.m. on a very hot June 28, then traveled to six other counties before its last stop in Weld County at 7 p.m. was planned before the June 26 primary. Party leaders knew it was important to show that the nominees were a team and that unsuccessful candidates for contested offices fully supported them.
The Republican slate of statewide-office seekers, Walker Stapleton, gubernatorial candidate, George Brauchler, attorney general candidate, Brian Watson, treasurer candidate, Wayne Williams, incumbent secretary of state candidate, and Ken Montera, CU regent candidate, came to Arapahoe County Republican Headquarters at noon to greet the party faithful and speak to supporters one-on-one. Watson arrived early and spoke to every one of the 75 people crowded into the room. The candidates were accompanied by five out of the six contestants who ran in the Republican primary and lost. Victor Mitchell, Greg Lopez, Doug Robinson and Polly Lawrence each spoke to the crowd and asked that everyone join them in supporting all the nominees. Robinson handed Stapleton a check for what he described as the maximum contribution, in addition to voicing his support.
On hand to show support for the slate were state Rep. Cole Wist and Arapahoe County Treasurer Sue Sandstrom.
Brauchler told those gathered that The Washington Post, had named Colorado the “safest state in America” in which to vote because of the excellent manner that Williams’ office is run. Brauchler compared his qualifications, his lifelong presence in Colorado, attending CU, then fighting for Coloradans, including overseas in the military, followed by serving as 18th Judicial District Attorney, to that of his opponent, whom he described as never having seen the inside of a Colorado courtroom.
Millennial Connor Swatling, a financial analyst who works in the area and came to show his support, got to meet Brian Watson. Photos by Freda Miklin
Watson thanked his primary opponents Lawrence and Justin Everitt for their service to our state. He pledged to work hard to win, describing his Democratic opponent.
Last to speak, Stapleton said he was running because he wants his children and all our children to inherit a Colorado that is filled with abundant economic opportunity. He said that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis supports a single-payer health care system for our state that he, Stapleton, worked to successfully defeat two years ago in partnership with former Democratic governor Bill Ritter. Stapleton said the cost of that program was estimated at $10 billion two years ago. He went on to say that Polis wants to mandate renewable energy standards on our state that economists have estimated would cost $45 billion and drive 230,000 energy-related jobs out of Colorado. Added to that, Polis wants free pre-school for Colorado kids at a cost of $5 billion. Stapleton said that, “As a former business person who ran a public company, …there aren’t any magic ways to pay a $50 billion bill.” He said that we would have to raise taxes so much that Colorado “would soon look like California, but without the water resources.”
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