UPDATE: Bob Beauprez’s rivals in the GOP gubernatorial primary race weren’t exactly welcoming, via the Denver Post.
Mike Kopp: “Bob is welcome to join the race, but we’ve seen this movie before, and it doesn’t end well.”
Greg Brophy: “To make it worse, everybody acknowledges that Bob ran a horrible campaign in ’06, and he starts the campaign … by filing his paperwork from Washington, D.C. It appears that nothing has changed. This does strike me as a vanity campaign.”
Bob Beauprez is officially in the race, and if you go to his site, you can watch a video of Beauprez telling you why he wants to be governor (although he doesn’t mention that he also considered running for senator).
And he says of his would-be opponent, John Hickenlooper, that he’s “the most extreme governor in our state’s history…”
Ace reporter Lynn Bartels notes that Gov. Clarence Morley, elected in 1924, was handpicked by the Ku Klux Klan, would later be convicted of fraud and sent to federal prison and, among other niceties, tried to fire all Catholic and Jewish professors at CU.
Hickenlooper, on the other hand, signed a bill into law that would limit the capacity of ammo magazines to 15 rounds. So, of course, you can see where Beauprez might have a point.
Speaking of extremes and guns, gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo won’t be outdone by simply calling Hickenlooper the most extreme governor in the state’s history. (And Beauprez is supposed to be the serious one?) Tancredo has his buddy Ted Nugent send out a Tancredo fundraising letter offering to give away a semi-automatic AR-15 if you send old Tom some American money.
In the letter, addressed to “Real Americans,” Nugent says that “Barack Obama and his radical America-hating leftist goons” are trying, once again, to take away your guns. And who are the leftist goons helping Obama in this ignoble cause? Who else? Michael Bloomberg, Dianne Feinstein and, of course, John Hickenlooper. Oh, and Hollywood. All of it, I guess.
Only Tancredo would think that un-extreme Coloradans would elect someone who sends out letters under his name citing the president and his “radical America-hating leftist goons.”
But he does join Greg Brophy in giving away a swell-looking gun. (Brophy says of his gun that he “tricked this baby out” with all the Magpul goodies he could find.) As I Tweeted earlier, who’s up for the Brophy winner vs. the Nugent/Tancredo winner at 20 paces?
Now, that would be extreme.