Don Coram challenges Lauren Boebert in Colorado CD3 Republican primary
The 2022 election is only ten months away, which means Lauren Boebert, like all U.S. representatives, began to focus on her re-election about fourteen months ago. It can be argued that Boebert’s election was some kind of anomaly – a black horse running through a dark red light district at a time when an undercurrent of Trumpism still ruled much of the GOP base – and Colorado holds its collective breath while waiting to see if CD3 will come to its senses this time around.
Boebert is not the kind of elected official who tends to stick around. She’s the flash-in-the-pan type: someone who walks in, makes a big splash with a lot of noise, then walks over to the punditry or lobbying or maybe just selling pancakes and T-shirts from fantasy of questionable logic and taste. Boebert knows it – and some of his campaign members certainly know it, including his former communications director, who resigned in protest after just two weeks on the job and after Boebert gave his seditionist hand on the day of the campaign. insurrection of January 6.
But Boebert is, at bottom, a question of money. It always has been – hence the businesses and the guns and the T-shirts and the guns and the attempt at modeling and the guns. She understands that procuring means income, and in that, she gave everything. This is his brand.
What is definitely not Boebert’s mark is real governance. It has no interest in productivity, except for the production of indignation. So it makes sense that she feels a little threatened by Colorado politicians who have a proven track record in real public service, especially those who also have no interest in stirring the shit just to see the shit swirling around. Someone from Colorado through and through – especially a real, established Conservative bona fide person – could pose a serious threat, especially in his always-red district. Someone like Don Coram.
The well-known and beloved Coram, a state legislator, has just announced that he is challenging Boebert in the primary. But he is far from being his first declared opponent.
Some, like democrat Sol Sandoval, are attractive candidates, with a lot of liberal hopes attached to their political ascension. But these candidates are frankly more eligible in other parts of the state; any hope whose political color isn’t a shade of red has a long ascent ahead of him if he is to claim the GOP stronghold – made even stronger during the recent gerrymandering – it’s District 3.
There is an independent candidate, Kristin skowronski, whose online presence so far appears to be limited to a LinkedIn profile and a Twitter account. His platform can be summed up by his most pinned down tweet: âA war is underway between Puritan conservatives and law-loving Democrats. The price? Your freedoms! I vow to guarantee the rights that you have and those that have been denied to you! The serious abuse of exclamation marks in this quote might already be enough to eliminate it, and Boebert has already played the angle of demagoguery.
Since August, Boebert’s main main opponent has been Marina zimmerman. The Zimmerman campaign hasn’t really caught on yet, but it’s the start of the race. Zimmerman has positioned himself as the rational alternative to Boebert, stating that his goal is to “bring back strong and ethical representation to District 3”. As a conservative she avoids many of Boebert’s positions – she is pro-vaccine and not only believes the 2020 election was fair and accurate, but she voted for Biden and claims to have never been a supporter of Donald Trump. Zimmerman is pro-guns, against the right to abortion, and walks on common ground on climate change; she also has little government service on her case, although she did internship with former CD3 rep John Salazar at one point.
Zimmerman may have caught Boebert’s attention, but due to the lack of response on Twitter, perhaps not as much as Zimmerman’s campaign had hoped. But Boebert certainly took note of Coram’s intentions.
“Anyone who has looked at Don Coram’s voting record knows that he is a selfish, super-awake Social Liberal who would have a much better chance of winning the Democratic nomination,” says a statement from Boebert dated Jan. 7 – in the morning from the day Coram announced he would officially announce his candidacy. Boebert and his people see Coram as a threat for good reason: Despite Boebert’s empty attack, Coram is viewed by his constituency as a staunch Republican, albeit moderate. He has worked for the people of Colorado for over a decade, first as a state representative for District 58, and more recently as a state senator for District 6. He was born and grew up in Montrose, worked in both ranching and mining, and currently operates a hemp farm. It’s a little difficult to have more Colorado than that.
Coram’s moderate reputation comes from some of his political work – he has long been a supporter of LGBTQ rights and the legalization of marijuana; most recently, he co-sponsored a bipartisan bill in the 2021 session to change civic education to ensure the inclusion of contributions from ethnic, racial and religious minority groups. It is this last element which could exasperate Boebert the most; It makes her favorite Rep. Ilhan Omar joke look as small and ghastly as it really is.
But most embarrassing for Boebert’s re-election campaign may well be Coram’s willingness to cooperate. It’s not the hallmark of the current GOP, but it has always been true for Coram, and true for the people he represents here in Colorado. “If you’re not ready to reach out and talk to someone who has a different political belief than yours and slap your fist and say ‘This is how it is,’ that won’t work.” Coram said at an event in Montrose this week. “I have been criticized for having too many Democratic friends.”
Ah, the horror. A spirit of state? An openness to respectful debate? An aversion to insults and antagonism and politics you lose so I win? So this is not today’s GOP.
But it should be. This must be the case if our democracy is to survive.
And that’s how the 2022 election begins in earnest. The journey to topple Lauren Boebert will undoubtedly be a tough one: Boebert reportedly ended 2021 with a war chest of $ 2 million, only part of which will go towards paying off hyper-inflated mileage and settling his restaurant’s unpaid debts. failing. But now, Coram and CD3 voters have the opportunity to get behind the wheel.