Why Won’t Some Western Slope Republicans Talk About Lauren Boebert?

Why Won’t Some Western Slope Republicans Talk About Lauren Boebert?

Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Photo by Graeme Sloan / Sipa USA via AP Images Politics The ultra-conservative congresswoman has attracted national press coverage, but across Colorado, some Republican leaders and voters have been hesitant to voice their support. The waves Lauren Boebert made last year while campaigning for, and subsequently winning, the seat in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District were nothing compared to the tsunami she triggered during her first several weeks in office . The freshman congresswoman started her term by vehemently opposing the presidential election results and hyping her pro-gun stance in a video that went viral . After the violent riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Boebert was accused of aiding insurrectionists, refused to comply with the metal detectors installed at the Capitol in the event’s aftermath, and saw a key staffer resign. Since then, she has mocked a Florida school-shooting survivor on Twitter and is now the subject of an ethics complaint to examine the unusually large mileage reimbursement claims from her campaign fund. It’s been just over two months since she arrived in Washington, but many Colorado voters and at least one partisan nonprofit have rallied for her resignation or expulsion from Congress via protests and petitions. But how do her supporters in western Colorado feel about her now? Some Boebert voters assert that she’s standing up for exactly the issues—e.g., Second Amendment rights, oil and gas interests, the “stolen” election—that […]

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