DENVER — A tried and true adage in politics is that when you have a lot of problems within your own political entity, you attack somebody on the outside.
That’s what happened today.
As succinctly reported by the Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels, the Colorado Republican Party has been besieged by infighting for years, and a major firestorm erupted again this week when Chairman Steve House said he would tender his resignation, but then rescinded it, saying he had been “threatened” into stepping down; http://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_28327520/colorado-gop-chairman-steve-house-resists-efforts-oust?source=most_viewed.
Colorado’s Attorney General, Cynthia Coffman, campaigned for House, an Adams County businessman, in his bid to unseat then-Chairman Ryan Call. But after House won, a dispute developed as to whom House would hire as his executive director. Into the mix jumped former presidential candidate, former Congressman, and former American Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo, who insisted that House hire right wing Senator Ted Harvey as his executive director. Guess what? Harvey didn’t get the job.
But what Bartels failed to report was that House, now desperate to keep his job after vacillating so publicly, has blamed all his problems on a solitary reporter who is known throughout the state as a Democrat, and who gets his kicks nearly every day by poking fun at the GOP.
Enjoying the spectacle, the solitary reporter smiled and said, “I’d love to take the credit for that, but it would be dishonest for me to do so. All of those guys are their own worst enemies, and they brought it all on themselves."