Monday, August 8, 2022
CONTACT: Sara Loflin, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: Following last week’s bizarre messaging debacle in which Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Joe O’Dea tried and failed to put daylight between himself and disgraced former President Donald Trump, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, condemned O’Dea’s contortions, and demanded O’Dea stop these failed attempts to deceive Colorado voters and apologize for his dishonesty.

“ProgressNow calls on O’Dea efforts to stop deceiving voters on his support for Trump and insurrectionists,” said ProgressNow Colorado Executive Director Sara Loflin. “During the Republican primary, Joe O’Dea made it very clear that he would support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for President in 2024,” added Loflin. “O’Dea says he will still vote for Trump if Trump wins the nomination, despite his desperate efforts to mislead Colorado voters. Everything O’Dea says is a smokescreen to confuse Colorado voters, who have resoundingly rejected Donald Trump twice.”

“Joe O’Dea wants to have it both ways on Donald Trump,” said Loflin. “O’Dea could never have claimed he doesn’t want Trump to run again before winning the June 28th primary, and that’s why O’Dea never did. Last week, O’Dea had another opportunity to disavow Trump’s Big Lie and Heidi Ganahl’s conspiracist ideology, which he has refused to do. Even now, O’Dea would still support and vote for Trump as the for President. The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter whether you support Donald Trump or not: no one can trust O’Dea.”

“If your goal is to tell the truth, it’s not hard to do,” said Loflin. “But from the beginning, Joe O’Dea’s campaign has been about hiding his true agenda from one side of the electorate or the other. Other than cutting taxes for fellow millionaires and maybe a few contracts to pour more concrete, O’Dea doesn’t seem to stand for anything at all. Colorado doesn’t need another right-wing politician who will say anything to get elected.”