BREAKING: Jill Repella(?) Picked as Beauprez Running Mate

THURSDAY UPDATE: Round and round we go. We can confirm that Deidre Garcia​ was indeed offered the job of Beauprez's running mate, but declined.

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UPDATE #2: Beauprez's campaign says it never offered Lt. Governor to Garcia, and that Repella was their first choice.

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UPDATE: Looks like Beauprez's campaign did have a bit of trouble finding a running mate. Check out this Tweet from Lynn Bartels of the Denver Post:

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Just reported by CBS4's Shaun Boyd., Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella has been picked as Bob Beauprez's running mate.

While we don't know a ton about Repella, she does satisfy a couple of important demographic concerns for the Beauprez ticket. First off, Repella is a woman — which Beauprez clearly needed to balance the ticket and combat the narrative of Republican struggles with women's issues. Repella is from the Metro Denver area, which is vitally important to winning a statewide race in Colorado; as we pointed out in April, it has been 18 years since a non-incumbent politician from outside Metro Denver was elected to statewide office, so Beauprez needed a running mate with some kind of base of support in Metro Denver. We wouldn't have gone with a Douglas County elected official, since that's a county that Republicans should win anyway, but at least Repella isn't from a small rural county that would do nothing to help Beauprez's odds in November.

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Jill Repella, apparently

It wasn't going to be difficult for Beauprez to choose a better running mate than he did in 2006, when his disastrous choice of Mesa County Commissioner Janet "Bestiality" Rowland was among the final nails in the coffin of his campaign. But why on earth would Beauprez's campaign decide to make this announcement on the same afternoon as the U.S. World Cup game? The campaign clearly knew that the game was a problem in terms of generating interest and media coverage for their announcement, which is why they waited until the final whistle to make the news official. The news tonight and tomorrow will be dominated by coverage and reaction to the World Cup game, making what should otherwise be an easy earned media hit a wasted opportunity.

Beauprez already botched his campaign announcement this spring when he was stuck in Washington D.C. on the day he intended to file, and this was another avoidable mistake…unless Beauprez's campaign was having trouble finding a suitable running mate who would agree to join him in 2014. Either Beauprez's campaign needed until the last minute (today) to announce a Lt. Governor running mate because they couldn't find who they wanted…or nobody paid any attention to what was scheduled to happen elsewhere today (like, oh, the biggest soccer game in recent U.S. history).

Either way, Beauprez's handling of choosing a running mate ended up being much more complicated than it needed to be. This matters, like it or not, because one of Beauprez's biggest challenges will be proving to supporters and potential supporters that his campaign will be appreciably better than his historically-awful 2006 bid for Governor. So far, not so good.

62 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. FrankUnderwood says:

    Was Janet Rowland unavailable for another go?  And what about those pesky rumors about Brophy getting the nod?

  2. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    The Both Ways Bob/Repel-ya rticket. How mnemonic!

  3. nota33 says:

    In other news, a republican pollster rasmussen that got it so wrong in 2012 is now claiming Beauprez is tied with Hickenlooper. hahaha What a joke

     

     

    • BlueCat says:

      One more time. It's not the same Rasmussen as in 2012.  Under new management, so to speak.  Just as inaccurate but with this incarnation most days it has Obama's approval much higher than other polls. It's the only poll I've seen in the last couple of months that has had his approval moving into the positive range several times. Check out the major polls at Real Clear Politics  for a few weeks and you'll see.

      The polling is pretty close right now but that will change in plenty of time for Hick to beat back BWB. There's too much great material to use against him and he's sure to keep stepping in it long after Hick stops.

  4. FrankUnderwood says:

    Both Ways Bob and Second Choice Jill

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    To BWB's credit . . .

    . . . he was able to find a second fiddle who's apparently said a lot less stupid crap than him. 

  6. Ralphie says:

    Well that'll solve those problems the Republicans have with women.

  7. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Well, she is cuter that Joe Garcia.

  8. DavieDavie says:

    Actually, I think Beauprez's biggest problem is that she'll come off a lot smarter than him.  She might even be more qualified than BWB. Just my gut after seeing a few references on the web about her background and experience in Dougco

  9. hawkeye says:

    It would have been better if BWB had Deidra Garcia to duel with Hick's Joe Garcia in debate for light gov.

  10. Ralphie says:

    OK so Beauprez has a thing for blondes who are younger than him.  What else does this pick say besides "dirty old man?"

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      It says he thinks like John McCain. He thinks women are stupid enough to vote for him because he picked a female running mate. Even though a major point in her responses to one of her TV interviews was that she doesn't want this to be about her gender…

      Do you suppose she is that naive?

  11. DavieDavie says:

    Now that the players are all in place, I hope we get to see Hick vs. BWB in a debate, and Joe Garcia vs. Jill Repella

     

  12. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    Repella said Colorado needs leadership that has to take a position on issues and not be afraid to take a stand on those issues.

    I wonder if she had a chat with Bob about this…?

  13. DavieDavie says:

    The BWB campaign started with their last choice and were just working up the courage to, you know, ask their first choice to the prom:

     

    Beauprez's campaign says it never offered Lt. Governor to Garcia, and that Repella was their first choice. – See more at: http://coloradopols.com/#sthash.Cz6QVLgY.dpuf

  14. Progressicat says:

    I don't know why there's any surprise.  Of course Both Ways Bob would have two first choices for running mate!

  15. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    I really hate that most of these comments focus on Repella's appearance. However, I guess I will join in the cattiness:

    This is how she looked in 2011. Still an attractive woman – I have no idea about her politics, but the three consecutive terms on DougCo School Board are a pretty good clue.

  16. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Personal attractiveness is a quality that makes people more electable; we all understand that, even if we disapprove of it.

    Barack Obama had sex appeal going for him. Mark Udall does; so do Cory Gardner and Paul Ryan, although the politics of the latter two are abhorrent to me. Balding male candidates are less electable than candidates with "good hair". Female candidates should conform to societal standards of beauty. It's a weird, unconscious assessment that voters make, and it does NOT contribute to good governance.

    Bob Beauprez definitely lacks any sex appeal whatsoever, and so he attempted to add some to his ticket, which was maybe a smart move on his part.

    We haven't figured out how sex appeal and attractiveness work for female candidates.  Too sexy? Too beautiful? Does that make them less credible? Not authoritative enough? Will Hillary need to get a facelift before running, while McCain did not?

    That acknowledged, I would like to see more discussion of this candidate's policies and history – this is a politics blog, not a beauty blog.

    • JBJK16 says:

      Policy? Personal history?

      glwt.

    • BlueCat says:

      To each his own but I don't find  Gardner or Ryan even vaguely attractive. They both have those big crazy rightie eyes that give me the creeps. Udall, on the other hand, looks like the guy from Hollywood central casting for the role of  western Senator, Governor, and/or Presidential candidate.

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      That acknowledged, I would like to see more discussion of this candidate's policies and history

      Me, too. I searched der google for a while and I couldn't find much that she has said that we can actually discuss, beyond the quote I posted above. Her announcement interview was just pablum, mostly.

    • BlueCat says:

      Generally pols are judged for appearance on an entirely different scale than Hollywood stars. The bar is a good deal lower. I wouldn't worry too much about any of them being too beautiful to vote for.

  17. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    There's this - the Douglas County Library had an outspoken director, Jamie Larue, who was an ACLU member and plaintiff in the case against the privatization of Douglas County Schools under the leadership of the Dougco School Board.

    Repella (sorry, every time I write that name I think of a Disney villainess, like Cruella) and the other Commissioners took away the traditional power of the library to appoint its own officers, and said that from now on, directors will be appointed by "elected officials," i.e., Commissioners. 

    Apparently, the Commissioners, including Ms. Repella, were successful in their bid to take over those library appointments, thus striking a blow for censorship, which was, incidentally, against long-standing precedent, This is per an op ed by Hank Lacey in the Denver Post.

    • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

      And Repella  also took the lead in appealing Judge Hyatt's "Democrat Redistricting" (sic). The Douglas County GOP fought pretty hard to keep District 6 as a safe GOP district. Repella was active in that fight, also in "Clear the Bench Colorado". I think she wrote this post, which is also attributed to "CTBC Director".

      Clear the Bench Colorado is an organization which works to get "activist" (read liberal or moderate) judges out of office. This link goes to a long rant about how Judge Krieger's ruling tossing the sheriff's lawsuit against the gun laws was unfair, wrongheaded, bla bla.

      So OK. Repella's been a rising Republican star for years and years, getting elected to minor offices,  carrying water for censorship of libraries ,vouchers in the schools, against redistricting that disadvantaged some Republicans, etc.

      Obviously a smart and accomplished lady – (although it looks as though I would totally disagree with her politics) – so Davie may be right in that Beauprez should be careful that she doesn't outshine him in the intellectual competence department.

      • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

        Judging from the "47%" remarks by BWB now being circulated here, I think that is a very real possibility. On the other hand, if she is willing to run as his Lt. Governor, one might question her intellectual acumen.

        • DavieDavie says:

          Taking the Lt. Gov slot is pretty low risk politically.  It's a good place for an ambitious up-and-comer to raise their name recognition.  Even if the top of the ticket is a buffoon like BWB, if she shines in comparison (not hard to do at this stage), and isn't a liability to the ticket due to unvetted baggage, then in GOP circles, she'll have paid her dues and will be added to the rotation in the next election cycle.

          • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

            Yup. Pretty sure that's her thinking. Or, she's angling for the "right wing media star" circuit.

            • DavieDavie says:

              You probably saw that article (I can't find it in my trash, unfortunately) in either Slate or WaPo about GOP losers failing upwards into lucrative careers, as you say, on the right wing media circuit — cushy think tanks, radio shows, forming PACs, etc. to raise money for themselves and influence future campaigns…

              The "Half-Guv" really showed the way to win power and riches is to lose your elected office.

    • Ralphie says:

      Let's just compromise on Reptilla.

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