I have, thus far (and surprisingly successfully), stayed almost entirely out of the 2015 Colorado Republican Chairman's race.
It's no secret that Ryan Call and I aren't exactly friendly (I am, after all, on his enemies list), and that I supported and voted for Steve House at State Assembly for Governor in 2014. Needless to say, this one is a no-brainer for me. But without a vote on March 14, it seemed unnecessary for me to step in and rehash so many old things... until now.
This past weekend was the final straw for me, and for many in the Colorado GOP. Many have continued to come back over and over to someone who has continually thumbed his nose at us, but it's time to make a clean break once and for all.
Before we do that, however, let's see what built up to this moment. Yes, it's snarky and sarcastic, but solidly based in reality (as you'll see with all the links and endnotes). Did you really expect anything else from me? At this point, the joke is on all of us—all Colorado Republicans, and we're all losing because of it. Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. Enough is enough.
Join me (and those signed below) in breaking up with Ryan Call—and if you're bold enough, let me know and I'll add your name to this letter, too (man or woman... unlike Ryan Call, I won't discriminate based on gender).
If Call wins, Colorado loses. It's that simple.
- A loss for Romney in Colorado.
- A loss in our only statewide election.
- No change in Congress (despite a potential pick up in at least one district).
- No change at the CU Board of Regents (when there were two potential pick-ups).
- No change at the State Board of Education (granted, with only CDs 2 and 4 up, there wasn’t going to be any change this election cycle).
- No change in the State Senate (despite two very winnable seats, and two more toss-ups).
- The largest loss in the State House, from 33R-32D to 37D-28R, since 2004—the year of The Blueprint.
- A loss for Beauprez; but wins for 3 other statewide Republicans.
- No change in Congress; but a win for Gardner.
- No change at the CU Board of Regents.
- No change at the State Board of Education.
- A 1-seat (net) gain in the State Senate (18R/17D)—could have been 3 net wins.
- A 3-seat gain in the State House (34D/31R)—could have been 6 wins.
- 4/30 female candidates in 2014 received State Party support
- 5/24 female candidates in 2012 received State Party support
- A mere 14% of funds given to candidates in 2012 and 2014 went to women, who made up almost 1/3rd of all candidates for statewide and state legislative offices
And the men who love Colorado Republican women...
Matt Arnold, George Athanasopoulos, Kim Herzfeld, William Howell, Simon Kane, Robert Pryor, Joe Webb
 $147,225.00 from 2011-current paid to Hale Westfall LLP by the Colorado Republican Committee. Search committee #C00033134.
 “Illegal immigrants should not receive any non-emergency benefits, services or privileges from federal, state or local governments.” [source]
 28.66% of CRC funds, according to TRACER, went directly to non-federal candidates in 2012. 62.41% of CRC funds, according to TRACER, went directly to non-federal candidates in 2014—a number which drops dramatically to a mere 14.85% when you remove contributions to gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez. Search committee #19991500072.
 CRC money spent in the state of Colorado in 2012 on non-federal elections was 4.41% of the total operating budget that cycle. CRC money spent in the state of Colorado in 2014 on non-federal elections was 8.04% of the total operating budget that cycle. See notes 1 and 3 to find committee information on TRACER and FEC.
In other words, 1.21% of total CRC money was spent on non-federal candidates in 2012; and only 4.65% of total CRC money was spend on non-federal candidates in 2014… or 1.11% if you take out Beauprez’s contributions.
 64 Republicans in statewide and federal office in 2011 vs. 66 Republicans in statewide and federal office in 2015 (out of 130).
 38.33% active registered Republicans as of 1 April 2011, 32.69% total registered Republicans as of 1 April 2011 [source]
 32.84% active registered Republicans as of 1 February 2015, 31.40% total registered Republicans as of 1 February 2015 [source]