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GOP needs fresh faces

Dear Editor:

I attended my first precinct caucus on Tuesday evening. After the event, I spoke with one of the more seasoned Republicans, whom had been to many of these gatherings. He indicated that he had no interest in attending the state convention, but if he were to run for state delegate, he would make sure to support candidates whom had been the most successful, thus far, at fundraising. He reasoned that since the Democrats are well-funded, it would be wise to nominate someone that could immediately compete on the airwaves. Such logic, I believe, epitomizes governmental ineptness as we know it today.

I’m not saying that money has no business in politics. However, the candidate with the most money, likely owes the most favors. For a party advocating “change” in 2010, Republicans should be quite wary of nominating retreads who are largely responsible for the party’s poor performance in the recent past.

Before the caucus preference poll for governor, letters from both Scott McInnis and Dan Maes were read. Maes’ letter outlined who he was, what he planned to do, and how he planned to do it. McInnis’ contained only cliches, talking points, and his resume as a career statesman. McInnis went on to win the poll by a large margin throughout the state. To me, it’s amazing that so many Republicans chastise Democrats for advocating, “politics as usual,” and then rush to support the usual politicians during the primaries.

Scott McInnis has over 20 years in politics while never serving as an executive in any capacity. Dan Maes has over 20 years of executive experience, but not one of them as a politician. As a conservative yearning for real reform, the choice between these two men could not be more obvious. However, I know of at least one man who considers the size of a candidate’s war chest to be paramount. Such rationale is the primary reason that, November after November, people are stuck with choosing between the “lesser of two evils.” Dan Maes wants only to return Colorado to its people; there is no evil in that option.

Bryan Holloway

Glenwood Springs


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