Front page New York Times coverage of CO congressional candidate should wake up Denver media

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The name “Tisha Casida” has yet to appear in The Denver Post and other legacy media in Denver, but that didn’t stop The New York Times from including Casida in a front page article Wednesday about how “Paulite candidates for Congress are sprouting up from Florida to Virginia to Colorado, challenging sitting Republicans and preaching the gospel of radically smaller government, an end to the Federal Reserve, restraints on Bush-era antiterrorism laws and a pullback from foreign military adventures.”

The Times piece showed how these so-called constitutionalist candidates are making waves if properly funded, and the piece spotlighted a PAC that’s backing some of them with serious money.

“I’ve called myself a constitutionalist from the get go,” Casida told me. “People who believe in fiscal conservatism and social liberty will come to our side.”

The Times reported:

And lightly regarded Paulites running for Congress could become forces with the right amount of money. Tisha Casida, an independent in Colorado, is running against Representative Scott Tipton. Calen Fretts is chipping away at Representative Jeff Miller in Florida’s Panhandle, and Karen Kwiatkowski is challenging Representative Robert W. Goodlatte in Virginia.

“I think there’s a great movement going on in this country,” said Ms. Casida, who said she was pulled into politics by Mr. Paul’s message and the red tape she faced trying to open a local farmer’s market.

“We were really pleased by the article,” Casida told me today. “We’re hoping that people nationally see our platform, which is much like Ron Paul’s, and connect with us.”  The article sparked internet signups on her website, Casida said.

I told Casida I was glad to see that The Times correctly identified her (above) as an independent candidate, but I was sorry the newspaper stated she was running against Scott Tipton and neglected to mention that she’s also running against Democrat Sal Pace.

She says she’s frustrated that reporters sometimes omit her name completely when reporting on the congressional race.

“I think my true competition is Pace,” she told me. “I don’t think Tipton has a chance of winning no matter what.”

Casida mentioned that a debate among candidates for the 3rd congressional seat, sponsored by the Aspen Daily News and Aspen Public Radio, is planned, but a date isn’t set yet. Pace is planning to attend, but Tipton hasn’t accepted his invitation, according to Casida. “I think it would be interesting to discuss issues with Sal Pace,” Casida said.

The New York Times article capped off a “good couple of weeks,” said Casida.

“At any point in time, we could get an influx,” she said. “People are hungry for candidates who will talk about issues.”

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  1. ProgressiveCowgirlProgressiveCowgirl says:

    I disagree strongly with many of her beliefs, but she is smart and communicative. I also disagree strongly with Tipton’s beliefs, and he appears to be neither. I have a great deal of respect for Tisha Casida for taking the step of running for office as an Independent, rather than kibitzing on the sidelines or joining another failed Paulite attempt to convince the GOP establishment to see things their way.

    I am, however, quite glad she has no chance of winning. Independent candidates are lovely and I certainly hope a few of them get into Congress eventually, but I’d prefer they lean more moderate.

    • harrydobyharrydoby says:

      What percentage of the vote would she have to take from Tipton to elevate Pace into office?

      • RedGreenRedGreen says:

        won’t necessarily be votes that otherwise would have gone to Tipton, though some will be. A lot of her voters would probably sit out the Tipton-Pace race.

        But if she gets over 5 percent, that could make the difference. Third party candidates can count on 2-3 percent in just about any election. If she can double that, it could influence the outcome.

        • harrydobyharrydoby says:

          So if she excites the independent/unaffiliated voters (mostly right-of-center), plus a few of the Republican Paulites, that’s the votes that Tipton would otherwise be counting on for the win.

          Sal’s job would be to appeal to the moderates — whether independent, unaffiliated or Democrats.  

          • gertie97 says:

            Republicans (yes, they still exist, even in Mesa County) and to go after unaffiliateds. He seems to be focused solely on Democrats but needs to expand.

            Meanwhile, Casida appeals to a wing of the GOP that backed Tea Partier Bob McDonnell against Tipton last time around. They do not like Tipton at all, and if she captures them, I think their numbers are sufficient to give Tipton real headaches.

            Assuming, of course, that Pace can figure out that a Democrat-only strategy won’t be enough.

            • harrydobyharrydoby says:

              Hopefully Sal is just laying a solid foundation with the Democratic base.  

              But I agree, he’s got to know that he doesn’t have a chance without a solid majority of the unaffiliated.  And yes, crafting a message that appeals to moderates of all stripes.

          • VanDammerVanDammer says:

            because he’s truly the only voice of sanity out there.  It seems Tipton has been very quiet of late so he’s either shoring up his tighty-rightie supporters behind closed doors (and not letting any youtubes leak) or he’s sticking to hob-knobbing with deeper pockets that’ll chum him a dollar.  

            His votes are all right down party line so he’s gonna get that NRCC gold star and he hopes the cash that goes with being a good boy.  Gotta love that Tisha & Sal are already agreeing to a debate but incumbent is gonna play dumb since it’s his to lose.

      • harrydobyharrydoby says:

        Found this in the DP:

        As a sign that Republicans recognize the competitiveness of the seat – it’s split almost evenly between Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters – the National Republican Congressional Committee has hired someone to follow Pace with a video camera in hopes of recording a flub that can be used against him.

      • ProgressiveCowgirlProgressiveCowgirl says:

        Repubs: 113,233

        Dems: 89,680

        Unaffiliated: 64,627

        Total: 267,540

        Advantage: 26.26% Republican

        Public Policy Polling had Tipton up 46% to Pace’s 39% in January. That leaves a solid 15% undecided. If they were to split two-thirds for Tipton, giving him 56% to Pace’s 44% without Casida, then Tipton needs to drop ~13% to Casida to lose to Pace. However, the January poll is probably quite low; despite the registration numbers, Tipton is a lousy campaigner and chronic foot-in-mouth syndrome sufferer, while Pace, public urination aside, is much more sharp on the campaign trail.

        It’s IMO very possible that Casida could throw the race with 5-7% of the vote if Pace stays on task and Tipton behaves as he usually does.

  2. Murphy4.CO says:

    Most incumbents, Democrat or Republican, doesn’t matter, but they are weak on the most important issue: war. People are ready for the military adventurism around the world to end, along with the debt and damage to the economy that goes with it.

    Casida is on the side of peace and prosperity. And so is Richard Murphy.

    • harrydobyharrydoby says:

      Isolationists, Gold Standard, Free-for-all markets were bad enough in the 1800′s — where regular market crashes and depressions were the norm every couple of decades.

      Back when information traveled at the speed of a ship crossing the ocean or a wagon crossing the plains, isolationism was also the norm.

      Not so today, with interlocking world economies and enemies that can take down our infrastructure with a few well-placed computer (or biological) viruses if we let down our guard.

      Proponents of simplistic worldviews are justifiably marginalized, individually, and as a group (of Paulites, for example).

      • Murphy4.CO says:

        Peace is the best option for our future.

        Most infrastructure can be protected through voluntary co-operation and the profit motive, including the contracting of insurance policies and other non-coercive solutions to free market problems.

        Indeed, this would be FORWARD! vs. the backward isolationism of trade sanctions, global warfare, etc. — policies that are ruining the economy and malinvesting capital into drone strikes of US citizens on foreign soil.

      • UglyAmericanUglyAmerican says:

        I never get why progressives find it so easy to be dismissive of libertarian positions. Properly expressed they are consistent and well thought out and resonate with many of the same positions progressives hold. It’s easy to spew out isolationist and gold standard as two names that you think are negative. But I don’t believe a libertarian position is isolationist so much as anti-empire. Because nothing says empire like believing your military should be deployed across the world like ours.

        Similarly, looking for an alternative to wide open money printing by an unaccountable Fed is not “Gold Standard.” It fact it is trying to create recognition that the current system of money favors the one tenth of one percenters over all others, and that alternatives should be considered.

        • harrydobyharrydoby says:

          BTW, I’m a Progressive (actually just a plain old Liberal) who also is a social Libertarian.  Want to end a war?  End the “War on Drugs”.  Lock up people that do harm to others, not themselves.  

          But the naivete of those advocating withdrawal from the international scene, or total laissez faire economic policies is annoying at best, and frightening when put into action.

          And as for “wide open money printing”, have you noticed that with only brief exceptions, our monetary policies have promoted unexcelled prosperity and low inflation for the last eight decades?

  3. gertie97 says:

    Don’t get your shorts in a bunch about this. If the major Denver media were to give decent coverage of a 3rd District race, it would be a first.

  4. I like Trish – she’s got spunk and she’s energetic

    I hate her views on immigration, but I wish her well – I think she has a bright future in politics

  5. American Patriot says:

    Conservatives found Tisha Casida very early in the process.  Her candidacy represents a Conservative choice and voice and has sparked an enthusiasm among western Colorado conservative voters that we have not seen since the Tea Parties.  

    It would be an understatement to say she is impressive.  Her determination is contagious.  She has the stuff of our founding fathers and she has arrived on the political scene at the right time in the right place.  Visit her website “Casida2012″ and you will exit with your eyes open.  Meet her in person and it will be you writing this comment next time.  Her candidacy represents the new beginning that our country and our people so desperately need.

     Whether you are a progressive or a Tea Party conservative or anything in between, talk to her in person and you will come away with absolutely no doubt that she will represent the people:  All the people.  

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