Tuesday, November 6, 2018
CONTACT: Ian Silverii, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: After an historic night that saw Democrats retake control of the U.S. House of Representatives, recapture the Colorado Senate, elect the first openly LGBTQ man governor of any state in American history, and countless other victories at every level in Colorado and across the nation, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, celebrated tonight’s results and the lasting political change in this state they represent.

“Colorado’s purple Rocky Mountains are majestic, but tonight Colorado voters showed that our state’s future is bright and deeply blue,” said Ian Silverii of ProgressNow Colorado. “Jared Polis’ historic victory in the governor’s race brings our state full circle from a quarter century ago, when Colorado briefly became known as the ‘hate state’ after the passage of Amendment 2. Every Coloradan should take pride in this victory not just for the best and brightest, but for the diversity and mutual respect that underpins our strength as a people.”

“Tonight is the end of the road for Colorado’s greatest political chameleon, Mike Coffman,” said Silverii. “After years of shamelessly trying to erase his long far-right Republican record, Coffman’s constituents have rendered their verdict. The gap between Mike Coffman’s record and his newfound rhetoric could not be sustained in the era of Donald Trump. Coffman’s vote for the disastrous Republican tax cut bill, and years-long failure to keep his promises to immigrants, veterans, and middle-class families in his district, has finally caught up with him.”

“Down the ballot, Democrats swept the elections for the statewide offices of attorney general, treasurer, and secretary of state for the first time since 1948—yet another historic victory,” said Silverii. “Democrats ran strong, serious candidates, and energized races that have been ignored for too long. Strong progressive leadership is exactly what Colorado voters voted for tonight in Phil Weiser, Dave Young, and Jena Griswold. Our state is making a clean break from the deceptive and hateful politics of Donald Trump.”

“Four years of broken government in Colorado came to an end tonight as progressives restored a common-sense majority in the Colorado Senate,” said Silverii. “Ten million dollars and an unprecedented campaign of dishonesty were not enough to save Senate Republicans from accountability for their years of obstruction, extremism, and an appalling cover-up of sexual harassment by Republican Senators. Republicans actually campaigned on having killed popular legislation for paid family and medical leave, full-day kindergarten, and getting guns out of the hands of people experiencing mental health crises, clueless that these are very things the voters wanted. After failing to follow or to lead, the time has come for Senate Republicans to get out of the way.”