Choice of Danny Moore confirms worst fears about Ganahl’s fringe agenda

Monday, July 18, 2022
CONTACT: Summer Nettles, Communications Director at [email protected]

DENVER: After Republican gubernatorial nominee Heidi Ganahl announced her choice of obscure election conspiracy theorist Danny Moore as her running mate to serve as lieutenant governor, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, condemned this unexpected and extremely troubling selection as proof that Ganahl is hopelessly out of touch with mainstream Colorado values.

“Today’s announcement confirms the worst suspicions about Heidi Ganahl and her extreme agenda for Colorado,” said ProgressNow Communications Director Summer Nettles. “After declaring herself to be the ‘MAGA candidate Colorado has been waiting for’ and embracing fringe election conspiracy groups with a wink and a nod on the campaign trail, welcoming the support of Donald Trump, and celebrating the repeal of Roe v. Wade, Ganahl has chosen one of the state’s leading election conspiracy theorists as her running mate. Most right-wing Colorado candidates pretend to run to the center after surviving their primary, but not Heidi Ganahl. Ganahl has chosen to lurch further to the right after securing the nomination rather than appeal to the concerns of the majority of Coloradans.”

“Election conspiracy theorist Danny Moore was rightly removed as chairman of the Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission after his irresponsible conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election were exposed over a year ago,” said Nettles. “The unanimous vote to remove Moore came after he refused to step down voluntarily when urged by his colleagues. Before the 2020 election, Moore argued on social media that calling the COVID-19 pandemic the ‘Chinese Virus’ is acceptable. Moore’s outrageously bad judgment is disqualifying from serving as the state’s second highest-ranking public official, and there’s no question Ganahl was fully aware of Moore’s record when she made this horrendous choice.”

“By choosing election conspiracy theorist Danny Moore as her running mate, Heidi Ganahl has shown her true colors,” said Nettles. “Ganahl voted as CU Regent to protect John Eastman, the CU professor who masterminded the plot to overturn the 2020 election. After courting Eastman’s fellow coup plotters Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka to help win the primary election, Ganahl has rewarded the extreme right with a running mate who shares their fringe beliefs. Ganahl and Moore must repudiate and apologize for these racist and senseless positions, and explain to the voters why these examples of terrible judgment should not be considered disqualifying.”