Wednesday, November 29 2017
CONTACT: Ian Silverii, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: Following the publication of a Denver Post interview with recently-appointed Rep. Judy Reyher of Swink, in which Reyher makes a series of unapologetically racist statements about Muslims, African-Americans, and former President Barack Obama, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, pointed to year-old news reports documenting Reyher’s open racism and called on Reyher to decline her vacancy appointment to Colorado House District 47.

“Over a year ago, the Huffington Post profiled then-Otero County GOP chair Judy Reyher’s long history of racism and xenophobia,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii. “Judy Reyher’s racist views are not a secret, but they didn’t stop Republicans from appointing her to serve in the Colorado House. Now Reyher has given an interview to the state’s largest newspaper claiming that ‘the black community and the Democrats are the most racist group of people that exist.’ Reyher doubles down on claims that former President Obama is not an American, but asserts she is not racist because she ‘hated the black half of Obama as much as I hated the white half.’ These are not throwaway lines on Facebook. This is what the newest Republican member of the Colorado General Assembly actually told the Denver Post.”

“Colorado House Republicans have been embarrassing our great state for as many years as I’ve worked in Colorado politics,” said Silverii. “From Rep. Jim Welker, who was forced from office after sending constituents bizarre screeds about ‘black moral poverty,’ to Rep. Doug Bruce who assaulted a reporter and called seasonal farm workers ‘illiterate peasants,’ embarrassments from Republican lawmakers are nothing new. Judy Reyher has taken Colorado Republican racism to a new and shocking level that cannot be validated by allowing her to serve in the House.”

“Every time a Colorado Republican commits this kind of outrage, the first response from leadership is to duck responsibility,” said Silverii. “That’s not good enough in this case. Reyher’s appointment by six members of a vacancy committee must be undone. We are calling on the Colorado Republican Party and House Republican leadership to demand immediately that Judy Reyher decline to accept her appointment to House District 47. Anything less is an endorsement of Reyher’s unapologetic racism.”