(By John Andrews, Centennial Fellow) Split the Republican party if the primary or convention process doesn’t produce the nominee you want? Destroy the village in order to save it, as some mad zealot said in Vietnam? No way. Colorado Republicans have seen this sore-loser purity pageant before, and it doesn’t end well.
Ken Buck’s views and experience make him “the right man to take on the mess in Washington” as a senator from Colorado, argues John Andrews in the August round of Head On TV debates. And John says the outsider candidacy of Dan Maes for governor, already successful beyond all odds, “might surprise everyone” against John Hickenlooper. But Susan Barnes-Gelt predicts a 20-point blowout for Hickenlooper, along with a narrow win for incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over a trio of tax-cutting ballot issues and the Denver mayor’s animus toward autos. Head On has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997. Here are the four scripts for August:
What is called in the law a Scotch verdict, an agnostic shrug of “not proved,” is my sad and reluctant conclusion about next week’s Republican primary for Governor of Colorado. At present I cannot support either of the two candidates. I was intrigued with the businessman-outsider persona of dark horse Dan Maes, and went so far as to float the case for him in my Denver Post column last Sunday, posted here as “Maes and the Medicine.” But as the evidence mounts, I deem the case very insufficient.
('76 Editor) Tune in tonight, Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7pm on 710 KNUS in Denver and streaming at 710knus.com, when Centennial Institute presents the Republican finalists for Governor of Colorado, Scott McInnis vs Dan Maes.