by elpresidente | 12:50 pm, December 10, 2009 | Comments Off
Quick round-up of gubernatorial and grassroots news . . .
“The political elite have decided that they know best. And they’re going to say we need to unify behind this candidate,” said Lu Busse, chairwoman of the Colorado Coalition of 9-12 Groups. “That is not their decision.”
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“That’s wrong,” McInnis said. “I’ve never taken a vote for granted. Real power rests at the grass roots, and frankly if you’re not going to go out and talk to people from every walk of life, you’re not going to be successful. My Platform for Prosperity has been built by listening to lots of people.”
Joshua Sharf interviewed Sean Duffy, the Communications Director for the Scott McInnis for Governor campaign. They discussed a number of issues, from state budget issues and small business, to the sometimes contentious relationship with the Tea Party movement.
“Our job is building the broadest possible coalition to elect Scott governor,” Duffy says. “That takes a lot of work, a lot of meetings, a lot of conversation and dialogue. And the folks in the tea party movement are a very important part of it.”
In a blog yesterday, Scott McInnis spokesman Sean Duffy shrugged off suggestions that his candidate was masquerading as having won support from tea party groups — but he added that McInnis was actively courting members of such organizations.
That wasn’t always true, says Lesley Hollywood, a spokeswoman for the Tea Party of Northern Colorado. Back in November, her outfit sponsored a well-attended political forum in Loveland. Plenty of candidates showed up to speak, but not McInnis, who didn’t even respond to her invitation to participate until afterward, “when he found out what a success it was.”
Rick Wagner points out the left’s role in trying to avoid propping up Ritter and instead fomenting discord between the Tea Party/9-12 groups and the McInnis campaign with charges of fringe extremism and racism.
Michael Roberts (Westword) profiles Lu Busse, chair of the 9-12 Projects in Colorado.
McInnis faces non-Tea Party, Republican-related opposition over property rights in SE Colorado because of his stance on the proposed Piñon Canyon expansion by the U.S. Army.
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