GOP activist claims to have letter listing legal issues facing the state Republican Party

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Colorado GOP chairman Steve House.

Colorado GOP chairman Steve House.

UPDATE 5 p.m.: Here is the letter referenced below, without any deletions, as provided via the Secretary of State’s Office. It’s from Richard Westfall, not Ryan Call, as alleged below. A couple items of note are 1) a matter under investigation by the Federal Election Commission and 2) a matter involving the notorious Jaxine Bubis, who appears to have turned against the state party.


Kathryn Porter, who wrote a lengthy Politichicks post yesterday illuminating Republican efforts to protect GOP Chair Steve House, appeared on a Denver radio station this morning claiming that the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office is refusing to release a letter allegedly outlining ten legal issues possibly faced by state party.

Porter told Boyles that the letter was sent to Steve House from Ryan Call, whose law firm, Hale Westfall, had apparently been representing the state Republican Party. When House defeated Call, Call allegedly sent the letter to House, informing him that Hale Westfall would no longer be representing the state party, according to Porter.

For some strange reason, the letter was sent to the Secretary of State’s office, and it was heavily redacted and released, under CORA, to Porter, as she explained it to Boyles below.

Among other things, Porter questions the grounds on which the SOS redacts the alleged letter from Call to House.

Porter (@10:15): I did a CORA with the Secretary of State’s office on Steve House, regarding election issues, and a letter came back. It was a letter from Ryan Call to the Secretary of State’s office. And you know, Ryan Call is our former state chair. It was a letter to Steve, not the Secretary of State, saying that we inform you that we are immediately no longer representing you, basically, is what it says. So it’s a very interesting letter. And, of course, all the contents were redacted. And there were 10 legal issues that Hale Westfall listed that they were representing the state party in or that they were aware of. So I found that very interesting. And what I found even more interesting is that the Secretary of State’s office refuses to give me the unredacted version…We have basically the first two sentences and the closing sentence. And the number of how many things they redacted.

Boyles: They treat this like Watergate or something. Like an atomic secret.

Porter: It raises so many more questions. It makes me wonder, is the Secretary of State hiding something? Or covering something up for the Colorado Republican Party? They claim deliberative process and they claim attorney-client privilege. And we know Hale Westfall was not sending this letter to the Secretary of State’s office. There is no attorney-client privilege between Hale Westfall and the Secretary of State. So the only leg they have to stand on is deliberative process. And in order to not give me that information, they need to show me that irreparable harm would occur if they share that information with me. Is there some type of legal issue involving the Secretary of State’s office and the Colorado Republican Party? This opens up a whole new can of worms, a whole new set of questions.

I have yet to see a copy of this alleged letter, so we need to take this odd allegation with some serious grains of salt. But I’ll stay on this. Maybe The Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels can help us out, when she starts over there.

Another Veteran Journalist Exits Denver Post

Mark Jaffe.

Mark Jaffe.

In a note circulated earlier this afternoon, business reporter Mark Jaffe, an experienced journalist with particular expertise covering oil and gas issues in Colorado, announced he will take the buy-out offered by management of the rapidly-declining Denver Post. Prior to working for the Post, Jaffe was a business correspondent for Bloomberg News and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Jaffe joins veteran political report Lynn Bartels in exiting the Post, and with the buy-out process still underway, they may not be the last. We’ll miss their contributions on the issues affecting our state, and hope their replacements–if any, and for whichever outlet–are able to fill the considerable void left by their departures.

Perry Haney is Everywhere, and Nowhere

Perry Haney

Perry Haney

Late last week, a Pols commenter wrote a post titled, “Who’s Perry Haney, Again?” The question is particular valid because you’d have to be a super-seasoned Colorado politico to recognize the name “Perry Haney.”

But to truly understand Perry Haney, you need to ask a second question: Where is Perry Haney?

Before we get to the “WHERE,” let’s tackle the “WHO.” Perry Haney is a wealthy chiropractor/doctor who earned some media recognition last week when he decided to run for Congress as a Democrat in CD-6, joining state Senator Morgan Carroll on the Democratic ballot. The real reason he got any attention at all is because Haney put his marker down with a $1 million loan to his campaign. The seven-figure campaign loan certainly raised eyebrows in Colorado and Washington D.C.; for those familiar with Haney, the news generated more eye-rolling than anything else.

Why would anyone roll their eyes at a candidate announcing a run for office with a $1 million loan? That question, dear readers, leads us back to “WHERE.” Here’s an excerpt from a Colorado Pols post in July 2011 (almost four years to the day, in fact) titled, “And That’s Why I’m Running for Congress…Somewhere in Colorado“:

One of the quirks that come in a redistricting year is that the Federal Election Commission is a bit lax on requiring candidates seeking a Congressional office to actually state which office they plan to run for. Take, for example, the case of Democrat Perry Haney, a wealthy Greenwood Village chiropractor who wants to run for Congress…somewhere.

Haney has been meeting with Democrats in Colorado and in Washington D.C., telling them that he plans to run for Congress, but he won’t say where he plans to kickoff his campaign. Is it against Republican Rep. Mike Coffman (and Democratic challenger Joe Miklosi) in CD-6? Is it to take on Republican Rep. Scott Tipton in CD-3, where Democrat Sal Pace has been running full-steam ahead for months?

Haney is not shy about the fact that he would like to be elected to Congress, no matter the district. We’re talking about a guy who once explored running for Congress in CD-3 and CD-6 at essentially the same time. In 2012, Haney was briefly an official candidate in CD-6 — he also loaned his campaign several hundred thousand dollars — before he pulled out of the race under a campaign finance challenge from Republicans.

Unlike election laws for offices such as State House and State Senate, candidates for the U.S. House don’t actually need to live within the boundaries of their targeted district — or even maintain an address in-district — which would allow Haney to run for any Colorado Congressional seat without getting off the couch (in 2002, Republican Bob Beauprez was elected in the newly-formed CD-7, which stretched from Jefferson County to northern Adams County, despite the fact that he never moved out of his home in Louisville).

Unlike Beauprez, Haney wants to keep up appearances, so he has always made sure to adjust his voter registration to reflect his current Congressional interest (see chart below).

So, is Perry Haney a serious candidate for Congress in CD-6? As serious as someone could be when they change their voter registration every few years. Perhaps he should wait to run for Secretary of State since he is so familiar with the voter registration process. 

Voter registration history for Perry Haney

Voter registration history for Perry Haney




Doug Lamborn Says Burn Those “Baby Body Parts”

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado Springs).

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado Springs).

How else are we to interpret what the Colorado Statesman reported yesterday?

Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn called Friday for Colorado State University to stop using fetal tissue from abortions in its research while CSU defended its work as above reproach both legally and ethically.

In a letter to CSU President Tony Frank, Lamborn cited documents released last week by the Center for Medical Progress showing that the university bought what he described as “aborted babies’ parts” on Jan. 10, 2013, from a Planned Parenthood affiliate in California…

Lamborn asked Frank to explain the purchase, including the date, “the body parts purchased, the source of the body parts purchased (including the abortion clinic which performed the abortion), the price paid by Colorado State University for the body parts.”

“I also respectfully request that, should it be true that the policy of Colorado State University permits the purchase or acquisition of aborted babies’ body parts for experimentation or for other purposes, Colorado State University immediately revoke any such policy and thereafter refrain, cease and desist from any further purchases of aborted babies’ body parts,” Lamborn said in the letter.

And here’s the kicker for those of you who have been following the (latest) Planned Parenthood hidden camera story over the past week: then-state Sen. Doug Lamborn in 2000 actually tried to pass a bill that would totally outlaw any transfer of fetal tissue, even for life-saving medical research. The original text of House Bill 00-1468 made no exceptions, not for reasonable handling expenses or anything else, mandating, apparently, that fetal tissue simply be destroyed:

No physician or institution that performs procedures for the induced termination of pregnancy shall transfer such tissue for consideration or through gift, grant, or donation to any organization or person that conducts research using fetal tissue or that transplants fetal tissue for therapeutic purposes.

Unfortunately for Lamborn (but arguably very good for the rest of us), this language was softened considerably in the final version of House Bill 00-1468 to comport with federal law–adding the key term “valuable consideration” to prohibit only true for-profit exchanges, while allowing the voluntary donation of fetal tissue for medical research to continue:


Medical waste incinerator.

Medical waste incinerator.

And just so everybody is clear, in the present controversy over hidden-camera videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal tissue donations, the nominal amount of money described is strictly for the allowable handling costs indicated above. Despite the clear attempt to imply otherwise, the subjects of both videos released to date repeatedly state that the amounts are for reasonable handling costs, and that profit is not a motive.

This means that, even though the videos in question are capable of making anybody unfamiliar with the often blunt language of medical practitioners queasy, there’s nothing illegal happening. Colorado State University’s research, and the acquisition of fetal tissue with which to carry it out, appears to be perfectly legal under both federal and state law. And again–the alternative of incinerating this fetal tissue instead of saving lives with it? This whole argument seems to play on the public’s ignorance of medical advances they otherwise take for granted on a daily basis.

Instead of helping clarify what seems to us to be a very straightforward question, GOP Attorney General Cynthia Coffman responded to Lamborn’s request for an investigation of CSU with an encouraging letter stating that she was “forwarding” his request to the appropriate jurisdiction for “enforcement,” the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Because the law in question here is not ambiguous, we fully expect that CDPHE’s investigation (if needed) will clear CSU. In fact, Cynthia Coffman could easily have said as much in her response if the facts mattered more than the politics.

But with the anti-abortion crowd relying on your emotional response overcoming reason, facts just get in the way.

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► The Coffmangate Scandal rages on as infighting in the State Republican Party continues to escalate. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has an odd media strategy, which includes ignoring the Washington Post but giving an exclusive interview to the right-wing Politichicks blog.

► Vice President Joe Biden is in Denver today to give a speech about college education and the Obama Administration’s overall economic policy.

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Tuesday Open Thread

“Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.”

–Ambrose Bierce

Republicans Determined to See Coffmangate Scandal to Bitter End

From the very beginning, the Coffmangate Scandal has been a right-on-right slugfest of competing accusations with varying degrees of vitriol. Numerous Republicans have simultaneously tried to downplay the growing story while also making sure to sneak their own jabs into the commentary, and a new post today from the right-wing blog Politichicks makes it clear that none of the individuals involved have any plans of backing down from a fight that has already ended the political career of Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and threatens to do much more damage before all is said and done.

“The House scandal continues to hold momentum in Republican circles as grassroots activists decry the lack of information that came out of the executive committee meeting.”

– “Behind Closed Doors in the CO GOP: From Bedrooms to Boardrooms,” 

Last week, Ben Terris of the Washington Post penned a 2,400-word front page feature story on Coffmangate detailing the strange saga that has gripped GOP activists for more than a month. Cynthia Coffman refused attempts to comment for the Washington Post story, but the embattled AG apparently decided to give an “exclusive interview” to the Politichicks blog for a story titled, “Behind Closed Doors in the CO GOP: From Bedrooms to Boardrooms” in which she complains about everything from GOP Chair Steve House to air conditioning and a scarcity of chairs at an Executive Committee meeting.

Jason Salzman wrote an earlier post on about the Politichicks story and Cynthia Coffman’s apparent claims that she still has a long list of grievances involving House and others. But the Politichicks blog post is so chock-full of oddities that it deserves another look. Before we get into some of the details of From Bedrooms to Boardrooms, let’s rehash why this story is much more interesting than just a firestorm of Republican infighting…

[Click here to catch up on all of our Coffmangate Scandal stories]

There are numerous plotlines involved with the Coffmangate Scandal, which makes it easy to veer off in a new direction at any given time. But the crux of the story is about Cynthia Coffman and the potential fallout hitting her husband, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora). Cynthia has been accused of playing a key role in what House has called an attempt to blackmail him to resign as Republican State Party Chair. The stories told by House, Cynthia Coffman, former Pueblo GOP Chair Becky Mizel, and former Congressman Tom Tancredo all seem to agree on one thing: That a small meeting was held on June 15th with the intention of trying to get House to resign from the position he was elected to serve on March 14th.

Mike and Cynthia Coffman pose with the elephant in the room.

The Coffmans pose with the elephant in the room.

We continue to hear that a federal investigation is underway in the Coffmangate Scandal. Based on the information that has already been made public, it seems inevitable that Coffman will ultimately be forced to resign as the state’s top law enforcement official; at the very least, Cynthia’s ability to serve as AG has been compromised by her involvement in the alleged blackmail scheme. As Lynn Bartels wrote last week for the Denver Post, Congressman Mike Coffman is inevitably going to be caught up in the Coffmangate net — particularly since Cynthia has publicly talked about how often she and Mike discuss politics and strategy in private. As we wrote last week:

There has been no indication thus far that Mike Coffman was at all involved in the ill-planned coup attempt against House, but a cloud of suspicion and cover-up will continue to follow him around like he was Charlie Brown, and he has no good options for avoiding the storm.

National Republicans are already keeping their distance from the Coffman clan, which is certainly playing a factor when it comes to local GOP attempts at re-framing the scandal with Steve House as the Problem-in-Chief…which leads us back to today’s strange Politichicks story. Follow along after the jump as we dig in “From Bedrooms to Boardrooms”:


Colowyo Carping Conceals Credible Climate Concerns

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.

As the Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby reports, a much-anticipated confrontation between backers of a northwest Colorado coal mine and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell this weekend didn’t go off with quite the bang expected:

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell reassured northwest Colorado officials and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., that the U.S. Department of the Interior will complete work on a study needed to keep open the Colowyo coal mine.

“We believe the best way to deliver certainty to the Colowyo mine and the people who work there is to fix the deficiencies,” Jewell told more than a dozen county commissioners, city councilors and others at the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge on Friday night. “I’m confident we’ll do it within the 120-day deadline.”

A Sept. 6 deadline looms for an Interior Department agency, the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement, to complete work evaluating the mine’s contribution to global warming.

The study was required by U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson, in a case in which an environmental organization, WildEarth Guardians, challenged the agency’s approval of the mine, which employs 220 people from Moffat and Rio Blanco counties

“We feel we are ground zero for your department,” said Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid.

Ever since a federal judge ordered the Department of the Interior to complete a required environmental assessment of the effects of expanded coal mining at two mines near Craig that supply a major coal-fired plant there, ruling that Interior failed to follow environmental analysis procedures under the National Environmental Policy Act, local politicos and energy-industry benefactors have been irate about the possibility that a judge could overrule the expansions retroactively, jeopardizing several hundred mining jobs.

The potential loss of 220 jobs at the Colowyo mine in northwest Colorado amounts to the equivalent of 50,000 jobs in Denver, he said.

Dirk Kempthorne, George W. Bush.

Dirk Kempthorne, George W. Bush.

We’re not sure what kind of wacky math Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid is using there, but let’s take a look at the actual ruling from Judge R. Brooke Jackson that’s causing all this supposed uncertainty:

The Court declares that [Office of Surface Mining] violated NEPA by failing to notify the public of and involve the public in the preparation of the Colowyo and Trapper EAs and by failing to notify the public once the EAs had been completed and the [Findings of No Significant Impact] had been issued. OSM also violated NEPA by failing to take a hard look at the direct and indirect effects of the increased mining operations before determining that there would be no significant impact on the environment. The Secretary of the Interior violated NEPA by approving both of these mining plan modifications in spite of these defects.

There’s a big piece of the story of these mine expansion approvals and the subsequent lawsuit against them that’s missing from most news reports: the expansions environmentalists sued over were approved in 2007 by George W. Bush-era Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne. Incidentally, this was the same year that Kempthorne was awarded the “Rubber Dodo Award” for the distinction of having protected the fewest endangered species of any Interior Secretary in American history. Like his predecessor Gale Norton of Colorado, Kempthorne and the Interior Department under Bush were repeatedly criticized, and eventually sued, for disregarding crucial environmental considerations when making decisions about energy development.

Such as whether or not expanding coal mines in western Colorado would hurt the environment? Suddenly this story starts to make a very different kind of sense, and the politicos demanding the process be appealed and/or short-circuited don’t look so altruistic.

Since the ruling in May, energy industry mouthpieces have been shrieking at the top of their lungs about the possibility of a few hundred coal mine jobs being lost if the Colowyo and Trapper mines were to close, demanding President Barack Obama’s Interior Department appeal this ruling that the previous administration’s Interior Department broke the law. For reasons that appear quite sensible with all the facts in view, Obama’s Interior Department declined to do so, and is instead working to properly complete the required assessment in accordance with NEPA. Coal industry supporters have tried to make this about the environmental group that filed suit, even trying to organize a boycott of companies that support the group in question like New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins.

Well folks, if you can think past the wall of contrived weeping and gnashing of teeth, it looks like a very legitimate concern is being raised here–and a court ruling that agrees does not mean it’s time to boycott one of Colorado’s best breweries. The environmentalists involved with the suit say they don’t want the mines shut down, at least not tomorrow–they want the environmental assessment that approved their expansion to be conducted in accordance with the law. And that’s what the Interior Department says it wants, too. According to Secretary Jewell, that’s exactly what’s going to happen.

So…shut up and let it happen.

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► There’s a lot of buzz today about State Sen. Morgan Carroll (R-Aurora) after her appearance on the 9News show “Balance of Power” on Sunday, where she provided a preview of her campaign for Congress in CD-6 against incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Coffman.

Today is inauguration day in Denver. Mayor Michael Hancock will be sworn-in for a second term, and many new city council members will also mark the official beginning to their first term in office.

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Cynthia Coffman Has Yet to Air All of Her Grievances about Steve House?

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harveyhocDuring her June 26 testimony before a Republican committee, which was investigating numerous allegations against Colorado’s GOP chair, State Attorney General Cynthia Coffman was unable to present “significant facts” because of time restrictions.

That’s the allegation in a post today on the conservative Politichicks blog. In the post, Kathryn Porter claims to have had an exclusive interview with Coffman, during which the Attorney General reportedly said she was unable to lay out all her concerns about Steve House, the Chair of the Colorado Republican Party. Porter reported:

“I galloped through my prepared chronology of events but was not able to finish in five minutes. I felt I had to leave out significant facts,” Coffman said.

But Porter, who is a Republican activist and blogger, did not disclose the facts that Coffman omitted or whether the facts might have swayed the Republican executive committee, which ended up supporting House by a 22-1 vote, to denounce the state chair.

“Coffman broke her silence and exposed a stunning disregard for decorum in its treatment of both elected officials and party activists by the executive committee,” wrote Porter.

Porter’s post, titled “Behind Closed Doors in the CO GOP: From Bedrooms to Boardrooms,” outlined the chaotic atmosphere at the June 26 meeting, which was conducted under adverse conditions and unclear guidelines.

As reported previously, former Congressman Tom Tancredo and former Pueblo GOP Chair Becky Mizel were allegedly prevented from distributing a lengthy list of grievances against House, but it’s not clear who wrote Tancredo’s document.

And it’s also not known whether all of Coffman’s “significant facts” were included on the document.

Morgan Carroll Takes Coffman To Task: “It’s On His Watch”

This morning, 9NEWS aired Kyle Clark’s latest Balance of Power interview with Colorado Sen. Morgan Carroll, who is running for Congress against Rep. Mike Coffman in the swing Sixth District. In today’s must-watch interview, Carroll gave an able preview of the issues in this race, demonstrating a willingness to go directly after Coffman that will cheer longsuffering Democrats looking to finally unseat him. Click here if the video below doesn’t appear:

Sen. Carroll begins by going through a long list of bad votes Coffman has taken over the years on a range of issues. At about the 3:40 mark, Kyle Clark turns the discussion to the drastically overbudget VA medical center project in Aurora, noting attacks Coffman has received from the left over his role as chairman of the oversight committee responsible for the project. Carroll doesn’t let Coffman’s first response to these criticisms, generally consisting of a photo of Coffman in uniform, stop her from calling him out as part of the problem:

CLARK: Let’s jump back to the VA hospital. There are some liberal groups, Progress Now included, that say Congressman Coffman shares some of the blame for the failures with that project. Do you agree with that?

CARROLL: I believe there’s a lot of blame to go around for everybody. The concern I have with this project is that it has been in the making for years. It is a broken promise to veterans. And so, Mike Coffman is on the oversight committee, and the time to ask questions when you’re overseeing public projects for veterans with taxpayer’s money isn’t after it’s already overbudget and behind schedule, it’s beforehand.

CLARK: So you’re saying he does deserve some of the blame for what’s happened.

CARROLL: It’s on his watch. It’s absolutely on his watch. It’s his responsibility, representing his district, and it’s happening on his watch. [Pols emphasis]

It’s one thing for a blog to write about it, or for an opposing political group to send out a press release. Carroll’s willingness to directly confront Coffman on his own responsibility for the Aurora VA hospital project means that for the 2016 campaign for CD-6, Coffman’s supposed “strong point” on veteran’s issues will not be off-limits. Coffman’s recent grandstanding on this project’s failures, downplaying his own role in oversight of the project, isn’t going to go unopposed. We’ve long believed that attacking Coffman where he is strongest, or at least thinks he is, will be absolutely necessary for Democrats looking to defeat him–as long as he draws an opponent who is willing to take his supposedly inviolate record on such issues head on.

Looks like Democrats might finally have one, folks.

Donald Trump Is An Unspeakable Asshole

Donald Trump.

Donald Trump.

We’re going to take just a quick moment to note the latest offensive nonsense to emanate from GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s mouth:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he does not owe John McCain an apology for saying the Arizona senator is only a war hero “because he was captured.”

Trump told Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week” that he won’t be pulling out of the presidential race over his comments, which he made Saturday during a campaign event in Iowa. Trump said he left to a “standing ovation” after speaking at the Family Leadership Council summit.

“When I left the room, it was a total standing ovation,” said Trump. “It was wonderful to see. Nobody was insulted.”

At this point, rational Republicans are turning on Trump in droves, even as he captivates the more excitable segments of the GOP primary electorate with his ability to offend, you know, just about everybody–something a fair number of angry white male ardent Republican voters wish they had the skyscraper-size pile of money Trump has to do the same with.

But seriously, attacking Sen. John McCain for being shot down over Vietnam, and held as a prisoner of war under conditions that Trump can’t even possibly imagine in all of his 24-addled psychotic torture-loving fantasies…it’s just too damn much, folks. It is totally unacceptable no matter how many billions and billions of dollars you have.

Since “The Donald’s” campaign is apparently a billion-dollar wrecking ball that can’t be stopped by anyone, we feel there’s an obligation for everyone of conscience to say so.

Who’s Perry Haney, Again?

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Perry Haney, running again to be a “career politician”.

So who is this Perry Haney guy who’s going to challenge Morgan Carroll for the CD6 Democratic nomination?

1. A Chiropractor, who has had his medical license restricted in two different states (IA and CO) because of unnecessary massage therapy, and overcharging patients. Pols, 12/13/1, quoting from the IA board findings.

2. A “moderate Democrat” who has donated $16,000,mostly to Democratic legislators or committees since 2009. He contributed to Scott McInnnis’ run for Governor in ’09. TRACER, contribution search.

3. Someone with no facebook presence at all, as Nancy Cronk noted in the #1 post. He seems to get around to Democratic fundraisers, and is mentioned by others, but has no social media presence of his own. This always raises a red flag for me; I interpret it as the track of someone who doesn’t want to be bound by past history. Facebook search

4. A perennial candidate for CD6,  Perry ran in 2012, and loaned himself $370,000 to do so. Pols, 2/2012 article

5. Haney flirted with the idea of running in CD3 in 2012. He ended up running, then dropping out of the running for CD6 , after he received a campaign finance complaint from Call’s CRCC . Haney had  raised substantial monies without committing himself as a candidate. Pols, Legal briefs on file with FEC.

6. A guy with good credit, apparently, as he took out a $1 million loan to self-finance the CD6 campaign. FEC page for Perry Haney. Morgan Carroll has no finances on file with the FEC as of July 17, 2015.

7. A candidate that Colorado Republicans love to write about (because otherwise, you see, they would have to write about Morgan Carroll). Colorado Peak Politics.

8. A candidate with no identifiable issues or positions, except that he’s “tired of career politicians in Washington”, and “thinks CD6 deserves better”. I agree.  To start with, we need a real Democrat, not just a Republican Lite contender like Perry Haney.