Although Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, a far-right MAGA Republican, QAnon sympathizer, and conspiracy theorist, is frequently vilified as an extremist by her opponents, she has a strong chance of being reelected on Tuesday, November 8. Democrats have done well in Colorado in recent years; President Joe Biden won the state by around 14 percent in 2020. Boebert, on the other hand, represents one of Colorado’s most Republican congressional districts.
The Denver Post’s editorial board lays out some of the reasons why it would like to see voters remove Boebert from office in a stinging editorial published on October 29.
“We implore voters in western and southern Colorado not to vote for Rep. Lauren Boebert,” the board writes. “Boebert has not done a good job representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.” Almost entirely, she has spent her time and energy contributing to this country’s toxic political environment…. Boebert’s ineffective approach, together with the efforts of others, has harmed Congress’ ability to debate public policy that could benefit people in her district.”
The Post’s editorial board continues by arguing that Adam Frisch, the Democratic congressional nominee challenging Boebel, “would be a better representative for the people of the 3rd Congressional District.”
“Frisch, a business owner who worked on Wall Street and internationally for a time, can support oil and gas development in the district while also helping the Western Slope develop a less volatile industry base for companies like Leitner-Poma of America in Grand Junction, Osprey in Cortez, or the many backcountry hunting and fishing guides in Craig,” the Post’s editorial board writes. “Boebert, on the other hand, is unable or perhaps unwilling to articulate any policy nuance on the extraction of taxpayer-owned oil and gas from our public lands. She has opposed every effort to protect public lands in the district and failed to disclose in a timely manner that her husband made almost $1 million as a consultant for the largest drilling company in the 3rd Congressional District’s Piceance Basin.”
Frisch, according to the board, has a lot more substance than Boebert and made that abundantly clear during their recent debate.
“Her performance at the Club 20 debate against Frisch was odd, to say the least,” the Post’s editorial board writes. “She spent a good chunk of her speaking time talking about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and criticizing the moderator.” “In her primary, Boebert referred to a Montrose County native as a groomer — a term for a gay man who sexually abuses children. The remark, directed at Don Coram, a conservative Republican rancher with a gay son, is just one example of Boebert’s casual yet crass cruelty, which she displays on a daily basis while in Washington, D.C.”
“Does she feel no remorse for this behavior?” the board asks. She made several jokes implying that a Muslim member of Congress was a terrorist bomber. She refers to other members of Congress as a ‘jihad squad,’ a derogatory term. This is not what Western or Southern Colorado represent.”
Boebert has openly supported the 3 Percenters, a far-right militia group, according to the board.
“Members of the group have been implicated in several violent plots, including a planned bombing of a mosque in Minnesota, an FBI-thwarted bombing attempt on an Oklahoma bank, and the kidnapping of Michigan’s governor,” the Post’s editorial board writes. “And, of course, the January 6, 2020, attempt to storm the U.S. Capitol and prevent Congress from seating the duly elected next president of the United States…. It is not too much to ask that Boebert distance herself from this group instead of making their calls for violence, including against the U.S. government, mainstream. She has refused to address the issue. We grieve that this is who represents our great state in Congress.