State of the State: Colorado (CO-04)

A formerly solid Republican stronghold turned blue in 2008.

Betsey Markey won the election for this seat this year over incumbent Marilyn Musgrave. Musgrave was one of the most disliked Republican representatives in a solid Republican District. Many of the people I talked to wanted her out and didn’t care how it happened. She took over the seat in 2003 after Bob Schaffer (who lost to Mark Udall for the open U.S. Senate seat) held it for eight years. Schaffer was very popular here, and easily won when he ran. Many (including me) hope he runs again in 2010. For now, he’s on the Colorado State Education Board and is content with his work there.

Markey worked for “$10/gal. GasolineKen Salazar before deciding to run for Congress. She ran as a moderate much in the same way as Salazar did. After two years of working with Republicans he became a Pelosi puppy dog the next two. This was not good enough for the lefties, who are already looking to primary him in 2010 for not being liberal enough.

Musgrave threw her weight behind the Federal Marriage Amendment which ignited the liberal base here to find a way to get rid of her. The past two years she did some good things, such as remaining in Washington with other Republican representatives during the summer recess to bring attention to oil prices. She also was against the financial bailout (so was Markey). She also did some bad things, such as strong support for the Farm Bill and she was outspoken against uranium mining in Weld County. The Farm Bill support was understandable, but many of these same farmers want to mine the resources on their land and she opposed it.

U.S. House District 4 covers most of Eastern Colorado, and includes the cities of Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont (portions) and Fort Morgan.

Results from the 2008 election for CO-4 and links to the County Republican Party websites (for those that exist) can be found here:

Here is the Colorado Republican Party website.

Conservative Colorado news, blogs & think tanks:

Contact information for donations, volunteering, campaigning, and Party leaders can be found at the State and County websites listed above. This is a good time for the Republican Party in CO-4. We have a chance to rebuild the conservative brand here over the next two years.

FWIW, here’s the results of the Presidential Election in Colorado.

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