Party faithful to round up a few Republicans at barbecue |

Party faithful to round up a few Republicans at barbecue

The Pitkin County Republican Party is sponsoring its first annual Republican Regional Roundup, which is expected to draw the party faithful from 15 surrounding counties.

The Roundup is scheduled for Aug. 29 at the Crystal Springs Ranch in the Missouri Heights region, on County Road 1112, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Special guests are to include U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis, Colorado Speaker of the House Russell George, Colorado Sen. Ken Chlouber, and Colorado Representatives Kay Alexander and Jack Taylor, according to organizers.

The event has been put together by Pitkin County Republican Party Chairwoman Linda McCausland of Aspen. It will feature a band, barbecue dinner and speeches by the guests, as well as door prizes for the attendees. Tickets are $25 per adult and $15 for children, age 10 and younger.

“[The roundup] can create a venue where we can get a major speaker. … A major candidate will have to answer to these 15 counties,” said McCausland.

The basic goal, however, is “to get people focused on government from the local level to the national level,” and to get county party officials better acquainted with each other and, perhaps, more organized, McCausland added.

She said that, while Pitkin County voters are generally intelligent and well-informed, the political scene can be rather sleepy.

“I think it should be much more lively here,” she said.

McCausland also announced that the Pitkin County party has set up a new Web site on the Internet, which can be found at: The Web site contains information about the Roundup, as well as a map showing how to get to the ranch.

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