Ted Cruz Endorses Anti-establishment Insurgent Colorado Senate Candidate
Retaining the Senate is key to upcoming Supreme Court confirmations . . . no matter who wins the White House
Last month, I wrote about Harry Reid’s statement that he is “fairly certain” the Democrats will retake the Senate this year, and as I noted, it is a very real possibility given a number of factors. The Democrats need win only five seats to retake the Senate (four if Hillary wins the WH), the Republicans are defending 24 seats to the Democrats’ 10, and many of the states in play—Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois, New Hampshire—went to Obama in both 2008 and 2012.
As we consider and discuss the importance of the Supreme Court and who will be nominating the next Justice who will replace Justice Scalia—and potentially two (or more) others—during his or her term, it may be a good idea to think about the Senate races across the country and to do what we can to ensure that the Senate is not lost to Democrats.
No matter who wins the general and nominates the next Justice/s, the Senate is still the body that confirms a presidential nomination to the Court. A Democrat-controlled Senate, I think we can all agree, would be a disaster on many levels, but particularly so in light of the upcoming Supreme Court nominee/s.
With all of this in mind, I am interested in what is going on in the various Senate races around the country, and while I have been paying particular attention to what promises to be a bizarre and contentious Senate race in my home state of Florida (I’ll write about that in a later post, though), the Colorado Senate race appears to be heating up.
On Friday, Ted Cruz broke with Republican leadership and endorsed Darryl Glenn, a self-proclaimed “unapologetic Constitutional conservative,” who is not, as you can imagine from that self-description, a hit with the GOP establishment who favor Jon Keyser.
Cruz writes on his Facebook page:
Conservatives across the nation are united in our fight for liberty. As we look to the future together, it’s crucial we elect strong, unapologetic conservatives to the U.S. Senate.
Darryl demonstrated he has earned the support of the grassroots in Colorado by winning 70% of the votes cast by delegates at the Colorado GOP convention in April. That’s one of the many reasons why, today, I’m proud to endorse Darryl Glenn for the United States Senate.
Darryl is a father, small businessman, and a public servant. A retired Lt. Colonel in the US Air Force, Darryl knows the value of freedom, and will take the fight to Washington for policies that bring back economic growth and preserve our individual liberties.
Colorado is a critical battleground state in 2016, and you can be sure Democrats will pour in unlimited resources to defend the incumbent. That’s why I’m supporting a conservative fighter like Darryl Glenn to take them on.
I’m standing with Darryl Glenn, and plan to campaign alongside him in the Centennial State. I’m asking Coloradans to join me in supporting Darryl because when conservatives stand united, we win.
Glenn penned an article for the Denver Post in which he writes:
My name is Darryl Glenn and I am running to lead Colorado forward in the Senate. I have spent more than half of my life in public service. I served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years and in my hometown of Colorado Springs for 13 years as city councilman and county commissioner. I have been steadfast in my convictions as a Republican since before I began serving this country.
Just as I have done with my superiors, constituents, and my two teenage daughters, I will not ask you to trust me by big sweeping statements or campaign guarantees. Instead, I ask that you look at my character, who I am as a father and my record as a public servant to gauge my preparedness for this office.
I am an unapologetic constitutional conservative who is not afraid to make hard choices that are in the best interest of the people I serve. I’m not ashamed of my Christian faith, and willing to stand up against anyone in Washington, D.C., who prioritizes the “issue of the day” over our nation’s most sacred document.
Glenn then goes on to address various members of his audience:
Moms and dads: you can trust that I fight for families first on issues ranging from the economy to national defense, because I, too, am a father concerned for my children’s future.
Property owners, you can trust that I am bound to the communities that comprise our state, and will lead the fight to protect them from over-reaching federal regulation.
Business owners, you can look at my record as having a steadfast commitment to creating a business environment conducive to growth and the entrepreneurial spirit.
Veterans, you can rest assured that as one of you, I will always fight for you in order to honor the selfless service so many Coloradans have given to our nation.
He’s also a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, of identifying and calling by name Islamic terrorism and giving our military the tools and support needed to defeat it, of Israel, of securing our borders and enforcing immigration law—including defunding sanctuary cities, of balancing our national budget, of entitlement reform, of rolling back the “regulation nation,” and of requiring Congress to live under the laws it passes.
You can read Glenn on the issues here.
Watch Glenn’s speech at the Colorado GOP State Convention:
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I heard Mark Levin endorse him the other night, too. A very impressive guy, from listening to his interview.
And the Dims attempt to destroy him and label him as an “Uncle Tom” in 3….2…..1…..
If that happens, he should take a note from Donald Trump, and embrace it.
I hear people say I am an Uncle Tom, or an O-ray-O. Well, I’ve served in the military, and in public office, so I guess they can say that. Of course, many people have forgotten that Uncle Tom was the hero in the book that started the US Civil War, and if making a living and raising my children with my wife makes me an O-ray-O, then get a glass of milk, and dip me in it!
One of the things I get a kick out of on the Internet is engaging in dialog with people, and no matter how much I know that I don’t know anything about the other person other than what I read, I still tend to develop these ideas about who they are, what they’re like, where they might live, etc. And then every now and then they’ll write something that blows up what I thought I “knew.” So Valerie is a black dude. Cool.
And yeah, the Dims have forgotten MANY things about history. And many of the things they haven’t forgotten they’re actively trying to re-write.
This is an instance that demonstrates that in my case at least I’ll say to my knowledge Darryl Glenn is the best option for republicans. I don’t know him but as I live in the area he has represented in various capacities I know of nothing he has done that has been other than was brought out in the article. Thank you Fuzzy.
I’m not insane. Between Clinton & Cruz I’d likely have voted for Cruz. That said I preferred Trump because Cruz is too much of the republican party. They’d have screwed him around in the end. That’s all I’ll say. Take it for what it’s worth.
I met him a couple of years ago, and he is a visitor to our TEA Party meetings. The man is an open enemy of the enemies of our country, does not seem to have an ounce of “quit” in him, and he does not care who he offends in defending country and Constitution.
So obviously, he is opposed by the Colorado Republican Party who prefers someone [Jon Keyser] who is more submissive to the Democrats. Keyser’s petitions to get on the ballot were . . . questionable, but he found a judge to order him onto the primary ballot. And so Keyser is the party’s boy.
I am surprised at the Glenn endorsement, for a number of reasons.
You can bet cold, hard cash that if the Dems get a one-seat majority or even a tie in the Senate, the stream of unvetted left-wing judges will begin to flow into courthouses totally unstopped or even slowed by our existing Republican senators. I suspect Colorado is lost to the Republicans, simply by the “They want to take your weed!” crowd and the general leftist slant the state has been slipping into over the last few years, but if we’re going out, let’s go out with a fighting Republican like Darryl.
We live on the Western Slope of CO. Darryl came over and spoke @ a luncheon many months ago. I haven’t considered any of the other candidates competing in the primary—Darryl is the man for me. That speech posted above is subdued for him! He’s on fire. I want to see him debate Mikie Bennett. He’ll make mince meat of him!
Darryl Glenn is my County Commissioner and a great guy. He is a normal guy, by which I mean he shares convictions with most of us and is unlikely to be corrupted by the Washington environment. No wonder the establishment is against him. His is a candidacy that I will put a lot more than my usual money and time into.
More and more of this happening. Last election, we got rid of Eric Cantor (RINO) and replaced him with Dave Brat. This time it’s Randy Forbes turn to leave. WaPo is concerned that the pork won’t flow properly.
“Retaining the Senate is key to upcoming Supreme Court confirmations . . .”
that’s precious… as if the RINO scum of the GOPe won’t just rubber stamp anyone put before them.
unless, of course, they’re like Scalia.
Hi Red, while I understand your antipathy toward GOP leadership, I don’t fully understand your apparent argument that trying to elect conservatives to the Senate is a bad idea or useless or whatever you mean here. Writing off the Senate or Congress as a whole just doesn’t make sense to me.
I guess I am still of the mind that we can affect change by replacing Democrats and RINOs with conservative patriots who “get it.” The process begun in 2010 was never going to be immediate or even fast; it was always going to take many election cycles, with losses and wins for “our” side, before we saw a real change.
Did some Tea Party candidates disappoint? Um, yes! Rubio being the most obvious and despicable of them, but there are others. What we don’t hear about, however, are the Tea Party types who have kept their principles and don’t make the news cycles (as do Ted Cruz, Trey Gowdy, et al.), but they are there (responsible, after all, for Boehner’s ouster). They do not–yet–have the numbers to make a real difference, and that is where we come in.
Griping about how lame the GOP majority Houses are is fun, it’s even cathartic, but what it will never be is effective.
It took progressives decades–half a century or more–to get rid of Blue Dogs, but they have all but succeeded. The few left are forced to go along if they want to keep their seats. Taking back our country meant, in part, taking back the Republican Party as a means to do that.
Maybe I am just too optimistic, but I still believe that we can achieve that. We understood, from watching the progressives try third party after third party and finally realizing their only hope was to take over the Democrat Party, that this was, and to my mind remains, the best course of action.
So “precious” or not, I will continue to advocate for true conservatives in Senate (and House) races, as well as in all elected offices in my city, county, and state.
Presidents have far more power than they ever had before or were ever intended to have, and yes, many Congresses for many decades have ceded much of that power to the executive. Presidents, however and much to Obama’s foot-stomping chagrin, are not dictators and do have limits on their power.
Congress may have handed over a lot of their power to the executive, but Congress also has the power to take it back, but as is more than clear, the current makeup of Congress has no will to or intention of doing that, and all of the ones standing in the way have to be replaced. That, my patriotic friend, will take time and effort on our part. And patience.
Am I frustrated? Of course I am! But I am not a quitter, and I cannot throw up my hands and say all is lost. I don’t believe all is lost–at least on most days. When I read comments like yours on LI and around the internet, I do wonder, though.