It was good to see 9News’ Brandon Rittiman and Kyle Clark press Republican U.S. Senate candidates last night about Trump’s racist comment that an Hispanic judge won’t give Trump a fair shake in court. And also, asking the candidates if they support the billionaire TV star.
It seems sometimes that reporters see Democratic statements, calling on Republicans to denounce Trump’s latest outrageous comment, as a political game. It’s politics yes, but legit. Republicans up and down the ballot should be asked why they support Trump–or don’t.
As it stands now, more Colorado Republicans are falling in line for Trump, who’s now pretty much clinched the GOP presidential nomination.
In fact, in a review of public statements on Trump, I can only find a couple former or current Republican elected officials or candidates who will say, flat out, that they won’t support Trump.
Yet, as I discovered in previous reviews, few elected Republicans are enthusiastically backing Trump. In fact, only two: State Rep. Don Corum and State Sen. Laura Woods.
Elected Officials Who Actively Like Trump
State Sen. Laura Woods has said Trump is one of her two favorite prez candidates (here at 25 min 50 sec), but she was backing Cruz.
A reporter characterized State Rep. Don Coram as a Trump fan.
Elected Officials Who Have Said They’re Backing Trump
State Rep. J. Paul Brown.
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn.
State Rep. Clarice Navarro.
State Sen. Ray Scott.
State Rep. Dan Thurlow.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton.
Elected Officials Who Previously Promised to Back Trump, if He Became the Nominee.
Former State Rep. Greg Brophy (KHOW, March 16)
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman‘s spokeman previously said her boss would “absolutely” back the GOP nominee, but now Coffman is having second thoughts.
Sen. Cory Gardner (even through called Trump a “buffoon.” ) (even though only answered after being asked seven times) (even though he seems to be backtracking.)
El Paso County Commissioner Peg Littleton
State Sen. Tim Neville.
Elected Officials Who Are Undecided
State Rep. Kathleen Conti, who’s said, “I’m hearing growing support for [Libertarian] Gary Johnson.”
State Rep. Justin Everett.
State Sen. Kevin Grantham.
State Rep. Yuelin Willet.
U.S. Rep. Ken Buck.
Former Elected Officials Backing Trump
Former Colorado Senate President John Andrews.
Former Rep. Bob Beauprez.
State Rep. Spencer Swalm is an “out-of-the-closet” endorser.
Former Elected Officials Who Will Not Vote for Trump
Former State Sen. Shawn Mitchell.
These U.S. Senate candidates support the likely nominee: Businessman Robert Blaha, Ryan Frazier (But he’s hedging now KNUS 5.27.16), El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, and former Rep. Jon Keyser (He reiterated his support here.).
Former CSU athletics director Jack Graham previously said he’d support Trump, if the mogul got the nomination, but now he’s at least temporarily withdrawn his support.
Casper Stockham, who’s the Republican challenging Rep. Diana DeGette.
Notable Republicans Who said, “We May Be Seeing the Final months of the Existence of the Republican Party”
Former Rep. Bob Schaffer