Longmont Area Democrats’ Response to the DSCC (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee) 2020 Colorado Democratic US Senate Candidate Endorsement:
For months now in Colorado, eight Democratic Senate candidates have been working hard to communicate with Colorado voters their positions and how they can help improve life for everyone in our state. They stepped up early on, and saw the primary contest as a chance to continue to move Colorado forward.
Now that conversation has been interrupted by a new candidate, who has been “anointed” by the DSCC as their candidate of choice. With all due respect to our national democratic leadership, the best Democratic nominee to beat Cory Gardner should be decided by Colorado voters. They have a history in this fight.
After all, that’s why we have a caucus and assembly system, and a primary. In the fall of 2018, Colorado had the second highest turnout in the nation. Colorado is no longer purple but trending blue and progressive. Decisions like this from the DSCC are insulting to Colorado Democrats, who’ve worked hard building this vital momentum. We believe the DSCC’s premature endorsement was made without understanding the wants, needs and ideas of the Colorado electorate. This is at best, short-sighted and at worst, dramatically undermines our true democratic process.
Colorado State Democratic Party Chair, Morgan Carroll said it clearly: “The Colorado Democratic Party has a strict policy of neutrality in primaries and we will not change that policy. There is a lot of grassroots energy to defeat Cory Gardner which is why so many excellent candidates have stepped up to run. At the end of the day the people of Colorado will be the ones to decide who will run against the most vulnerable Republican senator in the country and it will be the people of Colorado who lead us to another blue wave.”
We stand with the Chair in her assessment and strenuously object to the DSCC’s decision. Let this Colorado primary play out in the fair manner that our democracy intended.
— The Board of Longmont Area Democrats, September 4, 2019
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