Colorado conservative candidates come together in rarefied air of Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek, the anti-Aspen of Colorado ski resorts for its relentless cozying up to conservatives, once again hosts the ski-to-the-right set Saturday for the Eagle County Republican’s Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser.

The longtime mountain retreat of the late Republican President Gerald Ford, Beaver Creek annually hosts the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) World Forum –- a conservative confab that attracts the likes of Dick Cheney and Newt Gingrich -– but Saturday’s event will have a much more local flavor.

Republican candidates for state and national offices who’ve announced they’ll attend include Dan Maes, Scott McInnis and Josh Penry for governor; Ken Buck, Ryan Frazier, Cleve Tidwell, and Mark Van Wyk for U.S. Senate; John Suthers for state attorney general; Scott Gessler for Colorado Secretary of State; and Walker Stapleton for state treasurer.

AEI’s Peter Wallison, the former White House counsel to President Reagan and a special assistant and counsel to Nelson Rockefeller, is the featured speaker Saturday night, but also look for Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute and Colorado conservative radio fame to tackle the state of the state Republican Party.

With “Platinum”-level tables of 10 going for $2,500, don’t expect a lot of town-hall-style heckling from enraged liberals, but tickets at the door are only $80, so one never knows. This is the resort, after all, where Cheney had a Denver man (who later sued) arrested for allegedly jostling him and questioning his war policy as vice president in 2006. And where some residents fear terror attacks stemming from such high-profile guests.

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David O. Williams

is an award-winning reporter who has covered energy, environmental and political issues for years. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Denver Post. He's founder of Real Vail
and Real Aspen.

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