Owen Hill Wins Sort-Of Coveted Ron Paul Endorsement

UPDATE: Meanwhile, the Denver Post reports that incumbent Sen. Mark Udall raised another million dollars in Q3.

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Rep. Amy Stephens and Sen. Owen Hill.

Rep. Amy Stephens and Sen. Owen Hill.

FOX 31's Eli Stokols reports today, in the bottom half of a story about new U.S. Senate candidate Amy Stephens:

On Monday, Hill’s campaign announced an endorsement from former Texas Congressman and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, a stamp of approval that’ll help Hill with libertarian conservatives.

“I have always admired the work of Ron Paul and his son Rand in their fight for limited federal government and more personal liberties,” Hill told FOX31 Denver Monday. “It’s a huge honor to have had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Paul in person, make my case for the future of our party, present my record of leadership, and then receive his full support.”

The Paul endorsement was likely engineered by the same anti-establishment conservative activists — Rocky Mountain Gun Owners’s Dudley Brown and Jon Hotaling, who’s running Hill’s campaign — who cut a deal last year to align Colorado supporters of presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum and Paul in an effort to shift GOP delegate votes away from Romney.

Paul, in a public endorsement letter, noted Hill’s performance as a first-year legislator.

“[Hill’s] stand against the Colorado gun bills, along with his bills to eliminate the food tax, rein in unconstitutional spending and bring worker freedom to Colorado with right to work shows me he can be counted on to work for limited government and more personal liberties,” Paul said of Hill.

Of the four Republicans running for U.S. Senate today–not counting the also-ran dude from California–there's a good chance that the primary will narrow to a hard-fought race between freshman Colorado Sen. Owen Hill and former state House Majority Leader Amy Stephens. Republicans tell us that 2010 GOP Senate nominee Ken Buck seems to be recognized as damaged goods both locally and nationally, and might have bigger problems than first thought attracting support for a new bid. We're pretty sure Sen. Randy Baumgardner is only in this race to provide comic relief and will be out soon. If those assumptions hold, that leaves, barring any other entrants, the young Hill and the term-limited Stephens to battle it out for the 2014 nomination.

As Stokols continues in today's story, opposition to Stephens is already intense on the right. During the rollout of the new "Obamacare" (or if you prefer, "Amycare") health insurance exchange at the beginning of the month, Republicans eagerly pounced on startup problems with the new consumer facing exchange website. At the same time, Democrats praised Rep. Stephens, and thanked her for her help getting the exchanges passed into law in 2011. Stephens was hit hard by the "Tea Party" right wing after her unsteady backing of the exchange legislation, and though she bested the primary opponent she drew as a partial result, it's clear that many on the hard right haven't forgotten her betrayal.

While none of these contenders can be said to pose a serious threat, it's entirely likely that Rep. Stephens would be the most competitive available candidate for the GOP to take on incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall next year. Her role in establishing the "Obamacare" insurance exchanges, while a liability in a Republican primary, could be an asset in the general election. But if the Colorado Republican primary electorate follows the course it has stuck to for a number of years–and shows no signs of veering from–we'll never get the chance to know.

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. n3bn3b says:

    Wow, Colorado Pols offers sleazy backhanded support to Amy? That should be another sign for true conservatives to stay away from her. Amy Stephens support for the Obamacare exchanges disqualifies her as a Republican U.S. Senate candidate. Anybody but Amy.

    • ModeratusModeratus says:

      Rather than joining the herd, I think you should educate yourself about the exchanges, who supported them, and how they work. Please talk to the good folks at the National Federation of Independent Business, who backed Amycare and fought Obamacare. They're not the same thing, not every health care reform is evil, and you shouldn't help liberals make confusing generalizations. It's doesn't help us.

      • DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

        I do hope you and others like you can regain control of your party. We're all a lot better off with two different intelligent viewpoints in our system.

        And when I see what you're up againt with bozos like n3b – you definitely have my sympathy.

      • langelomisteriosolangelomisterioso says:

        Surely you don't expect the n3bbish to expend energy looking up actual data and evaluating that data impartially?

        Going strictly by its avatar I'd still like to introduce it to my ex-Ranger friend and see if its present insurance would cover broken digits and the damage from learning about really concealed weapons.

        Paul is seriously damaged goods and any endorsement from him is likely to do more harm than good for the endorsee.

         

         

  2. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    Who wins…Prom King or Prom Queen?

     

  3. Half Glass FullHalf Glass Full says:

    No, don't write off Randy Baumgardner yet! We've got to get to see at least one debate with him in it. It'll be freakin' awesome.

  4. Urban Snowshoer says:

    Colorado Polls wrote:

    “[Hill’s] stand against the Colorado gun bills, along with his bills to eliminate the food tax, rein in unconstitutional spending and bring worker freedom to Colorado with right to work shows me he can be counted on to work for limited government and more personal liberties,” Paul said of Hill.

     

    Yeah this souds like Paul alright: unconstitutional = something I don't agree with, regardless of how the courts have ruled); at-will hiring isn't enough freedom for employers–we can't have those pesky anti-discrimation laws, and limited government, except where it pertains to a women's reproductive system (Paul was anti-abortion last time I checked).

    “[Hill’s] stand against the Colorado gun bills, along with his bills to eliminate the food tax, rein in unconstitutional spending and bring worker freedom to Colorado with right to work shows me he can be counted on to work for limited government and more personal liberties,” Paul said of Hill. – See more at: http://coloradopols.com/diary/50662/owen-hill-wins-sort-of-coveted-ron-paul-endorsement#sthash.Thq8mqJt.dpuf

    “[Hill’s] stand against the Colorado gun bills, along with his bills to eliminate the food tax, rein in unconstitutional spending and bring worker freedom to Colorado with right to work shows me he can be counted on to work for limited government and more personal liberties,” Paul said of Hill. – See more at: http://coloradopols.com/diary/50662/owen-hill-wins-sort-of-coveted-ron-paul-endorsement#sthash.Thq8mqJt.dpuf

    “[Hill’s] stand against the Colorado gun bills, along with his bills to eliminate the food tax, rein in unconstitutional spending and bring worker freedom to Colorado with right to work shows me he can be counted on to work for limited government and more personal liberties,” Paul said of Hill. – See more at: http://coloradopols.com/diary/50662/owen-hill-wins-sort-of-coveted-ron-paul-endorsement#sthash.Thq8mqJt.dpuf

    “[Hill’s] stand against the Colorado gun bills, along with his bills to eliminate the food tax, rein in unconstitutional spending and bring worker freedom to Colorado with right to work shows me he can be counted on to work for limited government and more personal liberties,” Paul said of Hill. – See more at: http://coloradopols.com/diary/50662/owen-hill-wins-sort-of-coveted-ron-paul-endorsement#sthash.Thq8mqJt.dpuf

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