Pizza man DelGrosso eschews GOP talking points and wins in Loveland

Thursday night, a Larimer County GOP selection committee passed over local favorites and tapped Domino’s Pizza chain owner Brian DelGrosso to fill the House seat vacated when Rep. Don Marostica was tapped by Gov Ritter to become the state’s chief economic development director.

DelGrosso reportedly impressed by going to committee members’ homes and talking straight. “I got real answers, not those Republican answers anyone can get from our website,” said one of the committee.

DelGrosso’s rival nominees included Tom Buchanan, Kevan McNaught, Kari Koppes and Jeani Barnthouse, staffer for state Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg.

The Fort Collins Colordoan reports:

DelGrosso said he had no idea how many votes he had in his corner when he showed up Thursday.

Vance Hansen, a committee member who voted Thursday, said he supported DelGrosso because he came to his house and answers his questions honestly.

“I got real answers, not those Republican answers that anyone can get from our Web site,” Hansen said.

He also liked that DelGrosso was young and energetic.

DelGrosso grew up in Cheyenne, where he served as a legislative aide for one session while in college. He also began delivering pizza for Domino’s as a college student in Cheyenne, where he eventually was nominated for management training.

That led to him becoming the operations director for 20 stores, overseeing 300 people and accountable for the finances of the businesses.

Today, he owns three restaurants, two in Loveland and one in Windsor.

He’ll be up for election in November 2010.

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