Denver Attorney Randy Corporon is one of those Tea Party activists who thinks Republicans are losing elections because, as he said on the radio recently, they've "gotten away from the conservative values that make Republicans win."
If that's true, then why not talk about "conservative values" until you turn red, and Colorado reddens up right along with you?
Maybe it's because Republicans are listening to consultants who tell them to shut up about what they really believe.
When he arrived at the Legislature, freshman State Rep. Justin Everett was told not "to go to meetings, and not fill out surveys, and not really take strong stances on anything," Everett told Corporon last month on KLZ radio's Grassroots Radio Colorado.
"Obviously, I didn't do that," Everett said on the radio in January, saying essentially that he won't be silenced and pointing to issues he discussed right there on Grassroots Radio Colorado as proof that he will continue to speak out. (Apparently, other GOP lawmakers whose legislation was featured in a Denver Post article over the weekend, won't back down either.)
You'd think the good folks on Grassroots Radio Colorado would want to know who told Everett to tone it down at the Legislature, because it sounds like the Grassroots Radio Colorado hosts are the ones whom Republicans are trying to keep guys like Everett from chatting with. But the question wasn't raised.
So I asked Everett who was the person who told him to avoid meetings, not take strong positions, etc.
"I think it was some of the consultants that were hired," he wrote, adding that he filled out every survey he had time for, and attended every meeting he could possibly make.
"I'm not going to turn my back on Tea Party people," he said in one interview during the campaign, during which he certainly came out with some strong positions against, for example, providing grade-grade school education to undocumented children.
Everett said on the radio on January 11:
We're going to go through this battle every two years, about, "Yeah, we need to move to the Left, further left, further left." And then of course, there will be those of us who will push back. 'Actually, we need to move further right,' because it seems that we're always compromising with the Democrats, much to their side, and that's how we end up with $17 trillion deficits, and you know, our Constitution basically being used as toilet paper.
The Constitution as toilet paper? Ouch.
"And all those [state legislative] races that were supposedly competitive races ended up not being competitive races because our candidates just weren't taking strong stances, on anything," Everett told Corporon, who was a guest host on Grassroots Radio Colorado.
Everett's comment about being advised not to fill out surveys might explain why so few Republicans bothered to fill out The Denver Post's 2012 candidate survey, which had basic questions about candidates' stances on key issues, during the last election. Do GOP candidates plan on ignoring The Post's basic voter guide again? (Hint: If I'm The Denver Post, I might want to check on this.)
Everett, by the way, filled out The Post's survey, and my guess is he'll do it again. Listen for him on Grassroots Radio Colorado.