Normally in Colorado politics, when a far-right conservative wins the GOP primary they then run to the center in order to appeal to the broadest majority of voters. But that's not Heidi Ganahl. From the beginning, Heidi Ganahl has willingly associated herself with some of the most controversial and divisive figures in modern American politics. In a state that voted against Donald Trump overwhelmingly twice, Ganahl is proudly running as "the MAGA candidate Colorado has been waiting for."
And that's not just a slogan: Ganahl's closest allies in this campaign are some of the most notorious backers of Donald Trump's plot to overthrow American democracy, roll back abortion and other civil rights, and ignore the impending disaster of human-caused climate change.
Former President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election was the worst attack on American democracy since the American Civil War. In a just world, Trump would be permanently barred from running again. But in 2022, Trump's power over the Republican Party continues to be nearly absolute.
During the 2022 Republican primary for governor, Ganahl swore her allegiance to Trump, proclaiming herself "the MAGA candidate Colorado has been waiting for." Ganahl was forced to make her loyalty to Trump a major issue in the primary, but in November the majority of Colorado voters will have to decide if they've truly been waiting for a "MAGA candidate."
Freshman GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert has quickly become one of the nation's greatest political embarrassments since winning office unexpectedly in 2020. Boebert skates through ethical scandals by trying to drown them out with endless tirades of vitriol against immigrants, LGBTQ+ Americans, minorities, and anyone else who doesn't fit with Boebert's bigoted and narrow-minded world view.
Heidi Ganahl doesn't want the public to know that she endorsed Lauren Boebert in 2020--going so far as to delete thousands of social media posts to hide it and other embarrassments from scrutiny.
No politician in their right mind should want to associate with Trump confidante and 2020 coup plotter Steve Bannon. Despite a pardon from President Trump, Bannon is facing criminal charges for bilking donors out of millions of dollars as part of the fraudulent "We Build The Wall" campaign.
Bannon's key role in the January 6th coup plot and his continuing violent rhetoric should make him a pariah, but during the Republican gubernatorial primary Heidi turned to Bannon's huge fringe audience for support to defeat her underdog opponent Greg Lopez.
It has only recently become evident that former University of Colorado visiting professor John Eastman was the driving legal force behind the attempt by Donald Trump to overturn the results of the 2020 elections. Eastman's dubious legal opinions provided the basis for Trump's plot to throw the electoral certification by Congress on January 6th into chaos, aided by the violence of the assault on the U.S. Capitol.
As University of Colorado Regent, Ganahl enthuiastically supported Eastman's hiring as "Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy," and tried to meet with Eastman while Eastman was working on the coup plot in December of 2020.
Ginni Thomas, the spouse of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is another top-ranked Republican who supported the 2020 coup plot and inappropriately urged Republican members of Congress to take unlawful actions to overturn the results of the 2020 elections on the basis of discredited conspiracy theories.
Soon after Ganahl won her election for CU Regent in 2016, Thomas featured Ganahl nationally as an up-and-coming candidate running against the tide in a blue state.
Attorney Boris Epshteyn helped develop the failed "fake electors" scheme intended to flip the results of the 2020 presidential election to Donald Trump. Epshteyn along with Rudy Giuliani pressured officials in swing states to discard the lawful presidential electors and replace them with pro-Trump loyalists, and is currently under investigation by the January 6th special committee.
Ganahl credits her primary victory to the assistance of Epshteyn and former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, who in Ganahl's words "sharpened our toolset."
Conservative college activist Charlie Kirk has a well-deserved reputation for spreading outrageous and wilfully offensive misinformnation on American politics, COVID-19, race relations, and many other issues. Kirk's campus organizing group Turning Point USA has been condemned by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Policy Law Center for helping nurture the alt-right extremist political movement.
Charlie Kirk claims to have "known Heidi Ganahl for a long time" as mutual advocates for "conservative affirmative action" in public universities.
Months before being selected as Heidi Ganahl's running mate, Danny Moore was removed from his position as chairman of the Colorado congressional redistricting committee after Moore's baseless denial of the results of the 2020 presidential election became public.
After Moore was confronted about his record of election denial by the news media, Moore wrote an op-ed in which he defended his past conspiracy theories and reiterated discredited election misinformation.
In October of 2021, nationally-infamous right-wing commentator Dennis Prager appeared at a campaign rally with Heidi Ganahl, in which Prager claimed among other things that child vaccination for COVID-19 is "child abuse," that "schools are poison factories," and proudly announcing that he has been "trying to get COVID for a year and a half."
A few days later, Prager announced that he had indeed contracted COVID, forcing Ganahl's campaign to scramble to inform attendees and insisting they never knew about Prager's desire to intentionally contract the deadly disease.
Former close Donald Trump aide Sebastian Gorka has been linked to European neo-Nazi organizations, allegedly a full member of a Hungarian oragnization “under the direction of the Nazi Government of Germany” according to the State Department.
Like Steve Bannon, Gorka is one of many national far-right media personalities that Ganahl turned to even after winning to June 28th primary to shore up support for ganahl's struggling campaign.
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