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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“I categorically condemn hate organizations and they will have no place in my administration as governor.”
-- Walker Stapleton, the Republican nominee for governor, responding to questions about his great-grandfather's history in the KKK in a CBS4 interview that will air later this week. (Read more below.)
BULLETIN -- FIRST HERE: The political arm of the Koch political network, Americans for Prosperity, will endorse Republican Walker Stapleton in the governor's race this week. (More details below.)
IN BIG INTERVIEW, STAPLETON TALKS KKK AND TANCREDO
Shaun Boyd at CBS4 will air a sit-down interview with Republican Walker Stapleton Tuesday evening in which he talks about his great-grandfather's legacy with the KKK and his ties to lightning rod former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo.
Tancredo briefly entered the governor's race because he was upset about the treatment of a group that promoted white nationalist authors, but later endorsed Stapleton. The interview represents the candidate's most extensive remarks yet on the topic, which surfaced weeks ago with little comment from the campaign.
One big moment in the interview comes when Stapleton denies he ever talked about Tancredo as member of his administration: "I never did. That is not true. That is laughable," Stapleton says, adding Tancredo "will have no role in my administration."
But, in fact, he did.
CUE THE FLASHBACK: A radio show host asked Stapleton earlier this year about considering Tancredo for cabinet or lieutenant governor. Stapleton replied in part:
- "I'd love to utilize him because Tom has been invaluable on law and order issues."
- "... That's why I'm proud to have Tom's support and I will absolutely utilize his expertise, hopefully I'll be in a position to."
- A possible lieutenant governor candidate: "We'll see. Everybody is a candidate right now."
Watch for the segment on CBS4 for more.
CONSERVATIVE KOCH POLITICAL NETWORK MAKES ITS PICKS
Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of the Koch political network, will endorse Walker Stapleton in the governor's race this week along with two state Senate candidates, The Colorado Sun has learned.
The organization, backed by The Seminar Network, an effort led by conservative billionaire Charles Koch, is preparing to spend significant sums to elect Stapleton and keep the state Senate in Republican hands through an independent expenditure committee.
The Stapleton endorsement, which is expected later this week, comes after The Sun broke the news in July that the Koch network was likely to back him.
AFP will focus most of its money and time at the legislative level to help Republican Sen. Tim Neville in District 16 and to elect Christine Jensen in the open District 20 race, a seat now held by outgoing independent Sen. Cheri Jahn.
TV BATTLE IN 6th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
The Congressional Leadership Fund: The group ran a blistering TV ad that calls Democrat Jason Crow "another all-talk, no-action politician," and attacks him for missing a third of meetings of the state's Board of Veterans Affairs, of which he was a member for five years. The 30-second spot accuses him of turning "his back on Colorado's veterans."
Crow and his campaign have vehemently pushed back against the ad as being misleading, with Crow saying he was "disgusted" by the group linked to House Speaker Paul Ryan. (Ryan visited Colorado last week for a fundraiser, The Sun has learned.)
- Crow, a former Army Ranger who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, had this to say about the veterans board to the Colorado Sun: "That was a volunteer community board and it travels around the state. I don't look at the specific numbers of what specific meetings people attended and did not. I know everyone did the best they could to attend as many meetings as they could to fight for veterans in this community. Obviously I was a young parent the time and my service was applauded and members of the board stand with me."