GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- A top campaign official for President Trump’s reelection campaign made a stop in Grand Junction Tuesday to campaign with Lauren Boebert. Boebert upset longtime incumbent Scott Tipton in the republican congressional primary race in Colorado’s Third Congressional District.
That campaign official is senior Trump campaign adviser John Pence, who is also Vice President Mike Pence’s nephew. Pence joined Boebert at a local Republican Party campaign office following a similar event on Monday in Pueblo.
Boebert will face democrat Diane Mitsch Bush in November, a former Routt County Commissioner and state representative, who lost a tight race with Scott Tipton in the 2018 midterms.
Boebert tells us, as a restaurant owner and political outsider, this gives her an edge, and she’s focused on connecting with voters in whatever way possible right now.
“Right now we are focused on reaching people that were not reached in the primary,” Boebert said. “We are just revealing the contrast between my opponent and I.”
Prior to Boebert’s event Tuesday event in Downtown Grand Junction, KREX reached out to local democrats to see if the Diane Mitsch Bush campaign is holding any in person events in town any time soon. A representative from the Mesa County Democrats says Diane Mitsch Bush told them right now, she’s concerned about COVID-19 and she’s focused on mainly holding virtual events.
“There has been a lot of adapting through all of this throughout the months, and I’m not afraid of a challenge,” Boebert said about campaigning through the pandemic. “And so we just learn new ways about interacting with people, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”
Even though President Trump had previously endorsed Boebert’s primary opponent Scott Tipton, Trump campaign advisor and Vice President Mike Pence’s nephew John Pence says this event is about showing the president’s support of all republican candidates.
“Being in this Trump Victory Leadership office is a continuation of this president’s commitment to going to every corner of the country,” Pence said about Boebert’s campaign event.
We also asked Pence if he feels the tone or platform of the president’s reelection campaign has changed with the rise of non-establishment candidates like Boebert.
“I don’t think there’s been any change,” Pence said. “The Trump Campaign, we’ve been working with the RNC (Republican National Committee) to build one of the largest grassroots campaign in american history.”
Boebert says she’ll get behind a broad range of issues important to the Western Slope if elected to Congress.
“There’s a lot of issues that are so very important here,” Boebert said. “Our water is so very valuable, our resources, we have some of the best energy in the world that comes right here from our district.”
While she was speaking to the small crowd, Boebert called her democrat opponent, Diane Mitsch Bush, a socialist, saying Mitsch Bush supports progressive initiatives like the Green New Deal.
In a statement in response to this attack, Diane Mitsch Bush sent KREX this statement:
“I’m a problem solver, with a record of bringing people together and working across the aisle to deliver bipartisan solutions. I do not support the Green New Deal or Medicare for All. I will protect our public lands and our water and I will work to make healthcare more affordable on the Western Slope, while Boebert would work to repeal the ACA and take away protections for more than 300,000 people in this district with pre-existing conditions.”