How Democrats Plan to Beat Lauren Boebert: Democrats nearly defeated the controversial Congresswoman in 2022, and they’re planning a big push to take her out politically in 2024.
Is Lauren Boebert in Trouble?
According to the Denver Post, Democrats in Colorado are launching a “17-month campaign” to unseat Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO). They’re calling it the 546 Project, after the number of votes by which Boebert defeated Democratic opponent Adam Frisch in 2022 in the closest Congressional race in the country. Frisch is running again to try to defeat Boebert in 2024.
The 546 Project campaign will include door-knocking, calling, and texting of voters. The plan is to contact 10,000 voters this summer. Pueblo, the third district’s largest city, will be the focus, but the campaign will go beyond that.
“We can never win in red areas in the state if we don’t compete,” Colorado Democratic Party Chair Shad Murib told the newspaper. “We can’t compete if we don’t understand the issues they care about.”
“We found that thousands of Democratic votes who usually vote in every election actually sat out of the 2022 race. We know that most are young, many are women and nearly half are Latino voters,” said one spokesman with the Colorado Democratic Party told CBS Colorado.
Frisch had outraised Boebert by nearly $1 million in the first quarter of this year, with the race clearly among the most closely watched in the country heading into 2024.
Back in the News
Boebert had been in the news earlier this week when she missed the vote in Congress on the deal to raise the debt ceiling. She tried to claim that the lack of vote was a “protest” against a bipartisan deal that she opposed, but CNN filmed Boebert running up the House steps, in an unsuccessful attempt to reach the floor in time for the vote.
“No excuses: I was ticked off they wouldn’t let me do my job, so I didn’t take the vote,” Boebert said in a statement. “Call it a no-show protest, but I certainly let every one of my colleagues and the country know I was against this garbage of a bill.” Part of the “never Kevin” caucus that opposed Kevin McCarthy’s speakership bid in January, Boebert had joined many on the House’s right flank in opposing the debt ceiling deal.
Per the Daily Beast, the lack of a vote had granted a “gift” to French, her past and future opponent.
“Besides excused absences for sick family members and other family emergencies, I’m not sure why anyone would be late, let alone practically skip a vote,” Frisch told the outlet in an interview.
The Denver Post story stated that the anti-Boebert campaign will certainly use that missed vote against her.
“She has failed to stand up for folks in her district,” state Rep. Elizabeth Velasco told the newspaper. “It’s time we get someone who’s going to fight for us.”
Also this month, a long-running Boebert mystery was finally resolved, relating to her paternity.
According to The Daily Beast, a recent DNA test proved that the retired professional wrestler known as “Sweet” Stan Lane is not Boebert’s biological father. Boebert’s mother had claimed for years that Lane was, in fact, the father of the future Congresswoman. Boebert issued a statement to the press acknowledging that Lane is not her father.
“I feel my otherwise good reputation has been tarnished considerably. I and other close members of my inner circle have been dragged into this as well,” Lane said in a statement to The Daily Beast. The outlet also reported that Lane and Boebert met recently and that they wished one another well.
Lane was part of the famed tag team known as the Midnight Express, mostly in the 1980s in the NWA, WCW, and Southern independent territories. And while numerous news outlets erroneously referred to Lane as an “ex-WWE star,” Lane never wrestled for WWE, which was known during his career as the WWF, although he did briefly work there as an announcer.
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