BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
In a surprise political shift on March 20, Republicans Casper Stockham and Steve House, who had been competing for the right to represent the GOP against Democratic U.S. Rep. Jason Crow in November, issued a joint statement announcing that Stockham was ending his quest for the Republican nomination for Colorado’s sixth congressional district. They also jointly announced that Stockham was going to shift his candidacy to Colorado’s seventh congressional district to run against seven-term Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter.
Said Stockham of his pivot to Perlmutter, “Ed Perlmutter has been a disaster for Colorado and for the citizens of CD7. Coloradans want and deserve real empowering solutions to skyrocketing healthcare costs, education choice and securing our nation’s weak and dangerous borders. Fighting alongside Steve (House) and other party leaders I am confident I can now mount an effective campaign in CD7. Now is the time to end Perlmutter’s progressive rubber DC stamp that has been taking our country in the wrong direction for more than 13 years.”
Said House, “Casper has been a longtime advocate working for education reform and for community empowerment in Colorado—I continue to be proud to call him a friend and will support him as he begins campaigning against the reckless policies of Rep. Perlmutter…There is a new conservative wave pouring across Colorado, and the majority are fed up with the overspending, overreaching, and overregulating by the left. The only thing the Democrats seem short on is—accountability. I look very much forward to leading the charge and changing that.”
In an interview with The Villager in January, when he was still a candidate in CD6, Stockham told us that he believes in term limits for Congress and all federal judges including judges of the United States Supreme Court. He also said he would change all regulatory agencies to advisory only so that only the Congress could approve federal regulations, because, said Stockham, “passing regulations without congressional approval is not constitutional.”
The seventh congressional district is just northwest of Denver and includes parts of Arvada, Westminster, Lakewood, Thornton, and Northglenn. Its residents have favored the Democratic candidate in every presidential election since it was formed in 2003. In his last race two years ago, Perlmutter bested his Republican challenger, Mark Barrington, by 25 points.
Stockham, an unwavering supporter of President Trump, is a consultant and ride-share driver who lives in CD6. He was the Republican candidate for Congress against U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette in Colorado’s first congressional district in 2016 and 2018, losing both races by a margin of more than two to one. The United States Constitution clearly states in section two of Article One that a Congressional representative need only reside in the state he or she represents, not the district. Current CD6 Rep. Jason Crow, running for his second term, lived in Denver before he moved into CD6 after winning election in 2018.
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