Tuesday, June 26, 2018
CONTACT: Ian SIlverii, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: With the results of the 2018 primary election in Colorado setting up a stark choice between a future of innovation and opportunity versus the unpopular politics of Donald Trump and Tom Tancredo, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, congratulated the victors on all sides and welcomed the vigorous debate over Colorado’s future the governor’s race will provide.

“Walker Stapleton is a walking, talking example of everything that’s wrong with politics in America today,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii. “Right out the gate, Stapleton embraced Donald Trump, who is wildly unpopular in Colorado, going so far as to feature Trump in every single ad Stapleton has run so far. Stapleton’s performance as state treasurer has been objectively terrible. Stapleton kept a part-time job with his former company, SonomaWest, while serving as treasurer. Stapleton missed almost almost half the board meetings of the Public Employees Retirement Association while continuously advocating to cut retirement benefits for hardworking employees.”

“Walker Stapleton has a spotty record showing up to the Capitol to work at all,” said Stapleton. “Now he’s asking for a promotion, when any other company in the world would have fired him by now. As for Stapleton’s performance when he does show up? The well-documented failures of the taxpayer-funded Great Colorado Payback ad program, which Stapleton uses to build his name recognition with voters, provide yet another example of Stapleton’s incompetence.”

“Stapleton’s campaign in the Republican primary has been an historic disaster,” said Silverii. “First Stapleton was caught soliciting funds for his own ‘independent’ SuperPAC. Then Stapleton’s campaign was exposed for having relied on fraudulent signatures to qualify for the primary ballot. Then Stapleton put out an ad that was so blatantly false that every fact-checker in the state condemned it, taking the extraordinary step to call it an outright lie—and then Stapleton stubbornly refused to take the ad down, promoting one reporter to say on the air, ‘if Mr. Stapleton doesn’t want to be called a liar, then he should stop saying something he knows is false.'”

“The choice for Colorado voters in November could not be more clear,” said Silverii. “It’s amazing that Stapleton was able to run such a poor campaign and still win the Republican nomination. Soon it will be obvious to everyone what a terrible mistake Republican voters made tonight.”