*NOTE: Unless something is in quotations, everything here is paraphrased in order to post quickly.
Brophy was the clear winner here, and it wasn't close. He was much more at ease and friendly, and he spoke to specifics much better than any other candidate. Based on this debate, he's the only one of the four candidates who you could conceivably envision being Governor. Brophy also wisely worked out with House beforehand to back each other up on the question of, "If you don't win the Primary, who would you root for?"
This was an absolute disaster for Mike Kopp, who was already in trouble coming into the debate. When Tancredo and Gessler pulled out of the debates, it created a tiered dynamic in which Kopp fell into the bottom half of contenders. He could have used a strong performance here to show that he belongs among the top tier, but that slot should be filled now by Brophy.
Steve House is a middle-aged white male who has spent his career as a "businessman." He is every bit as drab and boring as that previous sentence.
Jason Clark might be insane. Seriously.
7:32: And that wraps it up.
7:25: Closing statements…
Clark: I went to West Point, so I know how to lead…blah, blah. Talking about Elon Musk wanting to build a plant to build batteries, says he would invite him to Colorado and take him skiing in Aspen.
House: I'm a business leader…snore.
Kopp: This is about the citizen's process, not about the candidates. Our state has been let down. John Hickenlooper is a nice man, but he has let us down. My philosophy is empowering people. Giving power back to people. "We're supposed to be free."
1. Build a booming economy around low taxes
2. Cut Government
3. Fight against federal government
4. Fight against Obamacare
5. Start a Unicorn farm
Brophy: I am the only candidate who has been to all 64 states. I've been fighting for energy companies my entire life (that's going in a commercial if Brophy ends up as the nominee). We're going to have a world-class education system, great economy….
Basically, if you elect any of these four men, everything will be good and nothing will be bad.
7:22: If you can't win, who would you like to see win?
Brophy: Steve House, because of business experience.
Clark: That's a rhetorical question, because I'm going to win. I don't play for second place. Clark is like a walking late-night infomercial.
Plunkett prods him to answer the question. Clark finally says, "Nobody."
House: Brophy. Sounds like House and Brophy have a nice alliance.
Room is quiet, waiting to see if he'll say more. He doesn't…for a moment. Was talking about Scott Gessler. Was that a joke???