Ultimately, I’m Team America

Joe Webb
Posted 5/31/22

Ordinarily in this space I would be making the case for various GOP candidates in Jefferson County and Colorado. While I will do that later on, I think a more important task needs to be accomplished.

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Ultimately, I’m Team America

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Ordinarily in this space I would be making the case for various GOP candidates in Jefferson County and Colorado. While I will do that later on, I think a more important task needs to be accomplished. I spent a few years of my life actively advocating for the election of GOP affiliated candidates, but recently I asked myself if I could keep on doing that without reservation. The answer to that question should be and is no. While some may argue that the election of any Republican is better than any Democrat, I beg to differ.

I’m Team Elephant because I believe our platform is the best way to govern Colorado and the United States. Ultimately, however, I’m Team America because I want what I think is best for our country. Republicans running for high office do not have an entitlement to a Republican vote. If a Republican candidate were to have a probation revocation hearing in the middle of a primary campaign, that would be a huge red flag about that candidate in my mind. Any criminal proceedings against a candidate should have the effect of a red flag as well. Republican candidates should made of quality. Criminal proceedings not only weaken their chances against a Democrat but other Republican candidates as well.In my own case, if I found a Republican candidate who was unworthy of high office in a general election race I would not vote for the Democrat. I would instead undervote in that race.

What is undervoting? Undervoting is simply not making a choice amongst the candidates standing for election to that office. If you undervote, what you are doing is telling the GOP to do better the next time. If enough people undervote in a race where they would have ordinarily voted for the Republican then the Colorado GOP might just stand up and take notice.

I want to give you as a Republican voter the permission to feel free not to vote for a Republican candidate just because they are Republican.The good news is nearly all Republican candidates do not deserve an undervote. Any voter doing their research on candidates can determine those who do.

Now for recommendations. Primary ballots are mailed out on June 8. I will mark my primary ballot for Heidi Ganahl for Governor. Heidi Ganahl is a wonderful accomplished lady who will provide a wonderful contrast to Governor Polis.

I’m voting for two of Jeffco’s own Pam Anderson for Secretary of State and Lang Sias for State Treasurer. I will vote for John Kellner for Attorney General and Dan Maloit for the State Board of Education.I do not live in CD-7, but if I did I would vote cast my ballot for Tim Reichert. Reichert is someone presenting new thoughtful solutions to our problems. Colin Larson deserves your vote for another term as State Representative in House District 25. All Republican legislative candidates running in Jefferson County deserve your vote. State Rep Mark Baisley is running in the new Senate District SD-4. Tim Walsh and Colby Dreschel are running for the Colorado Senate in SD-20 and SD-22 respectively.

The candidates for State Representative running in Jeffco are Fred Clifford in HD-23, Bill Patterson in HD-24, Christina Carlino in HD-27, Dan Montoya in HD-28, Vanessa DeMott in HD-29 and Jaylen Mosqueria in HD-38.Our local candidates are Libby Szabo for Jeffco Assessor, Vicki Pyne for Clerk and Recorder, Faye Griffin for Jeffco Treasåurer, Ed Brady for Jeffco Sheriff, Matt Archuleta for Coroner, Bob Hennessey for Surveyor and Don Rosier for County Commissioner.

Joe Webb is the former chairman of the Jeffco Republican party.

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