New Democratic-aligned message group Making Colorado Great, which is focused on the gubernatorial race this year, put out a release this morning calling on GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez to renounce his recent endorsement by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Perry, as you may have heard, was indicted last week on felony charges relating to alleged abuse of power. Excerpt from today's release:
"We call on Beauprez to immediately renounce his endorsement by indicted Texas Governor Rick Perry," stated Michael Huttner, spokesman for Making Colorado Great.
Perry, who was indicted on two felony counts of abuse of power last Friday, endorsed Bob Beauprez during the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.
Bob Beauprez continues to tout Perry's endorsement -– even more than that of Mitt Romney–on his official campaign website.
On his official campaign website Beauprez states he is "proud to receive the endorsement of conservative Governor Rick Perry this morning…Rick Perry is a good man and an outstanding Governor."
Beauprez isn't the only Colorado Republican candidate with Rick Perry baggage in tow: Rep. Mike Coffman was an early endorser and state chair of Perry's train wreck 2012 presidential campaign. The charges against Perry stem from actions he took against a district attorney whose office oversees the state of Texas' Public Integrity Unit–the office responsible for policing public corruption, and due to its location generally controlled by Democrats. Perry vetoed the funding for the public corruption unit after the DA in question pled guilty to a DUI. As of now, Perry's Republican allies are staunchly defending him–but depending on how only the second indictment of a Texas governor in 100 years unfolds, Perry could become a problematic association for any Colorado Republicans who have invoked his name.