BY FREDA MIKLIN
In a talk to the Arapahoe County Republican Breakfast Club on December 1 at Maggiano’s DTC, Greg Brophy, former Colorado legislator and chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Ken Buck told fellow party members that, “Democrats are hard-core leftists telling themselves that, ‘We’re going to do better if we give our base what they want.’ ” He also said that, “(Governor) Jared Polis is an absolutely brilliant politician,” whose goal is to run for president, “but he doesn’t have enough charisma.” However, Brophy said, in order to run for president, “he has to first get re-elected in 2022, and I really think that…Heidi (Ganahl) can give him a run for his money.”
Brophy said that the Independent Congressional Commission “was an absolute disaster,” but he thought that the Independent Legislative Commission “worked well,” resulting in “good, fair maps.” He explained that in elections, independent voters “tend to split their tickets,” pointing to 2014 when Colorado elected Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper and Republican U.S. Senator Cory Gardner, and 2016 when the state chose former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for President and current Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman for Congress. “In 2018 and 2020, Colorado voters stopped splitting their tickets,” Brophy pointed out.
Looking toward the upcoming state legislative session, Brophy said the proposal to remove the state sales tax from diapers and feminine hygiene products was “virtue-signaling to the womenfolk that the Democrats have your back.” About the Democrats in the current state legislature, who he said “are firmly in control of the Colorado State House,” Brophy opined, “The hard-core left—I don’t want to call them liberals and I don’t want to call them progressive because there’s nothing liberal and there’s nothing progressive about what they stand for at all. They are hard-core authoritarian leftists. There are 41 Democrats currently in the state house and the more than half of them are hard-core leftists.”
During the upcoming legislative session, Brophy believes that, “There will be a tug-of-war between the progressives and the Governor. He’s going to want to throttle them back because he doesn’t believe that pushing their agenda is going to be beneficial to his attempt to get reelected in Colorado.” According to Brophy, Polis has “bought” every election he’s won from state school board to U.S. Congress to the governor’s office but, “the cycle is looking a little different this time.” He said that Republicans have a great opportunity to change the landscape and sweep Colorado in 2022, “if we move by 12 full points from left to right.”
Brophy, currently president of Brophy Strategies LLC, served in both houses of the state legislature from 2003 to 2015 and as Buck’s chief of staff from 2015 to 2016.
Listening attentively were elected officials from the City of Centennial, Mayor Stephanie Piko and City Council Members Kathy Turley, Don Sheehan and Mike Sutherland, along with Colorado State Rep. Rod Bockenfeld. Also paying close attention were 2022 candidates for office CU Regent Heidi Ganahl running for governor, Arapahoe County Sheriff Candidate Kevin Edley, and Arapahoe County Commissioner candidates Bob Roth (district four), Mark Gotto (district two) and Jason Presley (district two).