Calling him a “hero” when it comes to defending gun rights in Colorado, National Association for Gun Rights Political Action Committee director Dudley Brown said Tuesday that state Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley, was the clear-cut choice when it came to endorsing a candidate in the 4th Congressional District Republican primary race.
“He’s been an ally of ours in the Legislature. It’s why we call him a hero, and I don’t say that lightly,” Brown said in a telephone interview from his Windsor Main Street office, where the NAGR is located. “Scott Renfroe has a long history, so that sets him way apart from anybody else. There’s never been a question where he’s been in the Legislature. Our state-level PAC, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners PAC, endorsed him when he first ran in 2006. Nobody is more pro-gun than Scott Renfroe. Renfroe’s run bills like removing the governor’s emergency powers ability to strip citizens of their self-defense right.”
Brown said Renfroe, who is a member of the NAGR organization, has always gone the extra mile for gun rights such as also fighting to abolish the statewide database of concealed handgun permit holders.
“There are those guys who will go an extra mile, sponsor bills, attend events, come and talk to your members,” Brown said. “In this critical year that clearly gun owners are motivated in Colorado in these elections, when a hero runs you better get behind him.”
Brown, who is a delegate to the 4th CD, said Renfroe’s daughter interned at the NAGR office. Renfroe’s campaign manager, Luke Odell, took a leave of absence as Brown’s second in command at NAGR to run Renfroe’s campaign.
“I had to fight my staff off from working for him,” Brown said. “Everybody wanted to go work for him. If I didn’t have so many duties, I would have taken a leave of absence to run that show.”
Renfroe was pleased with the endorsement.
“It’s not every day you get an endorsement like that. It’s an honor to have their endorsement. I’ve always been a strong supporter and fighter for our Second Amendment rights, and it’s an honor to be recognized as that,” Renfroe said. “It’s clear that in the last two years with the battles that went on at the state level that they’ve been instrumental in fighting against the attacks that happened and the bills that passed, so I’m honored to have their support and endorsement.”
Renfroe, who is running against Weld District Attorney Ken Buck, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer and Fort Collins rancher Steve Laffey, said he has a proven record on protecting Second Amendment rights.
“I voted on bills. I’ve carried bills to protect our Second Amendment,” Renfroe said. “I think it is great to have their support over the other candidates. I think it will help us a lot in this campaign. We’re doing well and we’re excited.”
On Renfroe’s opponents, who are also protectors of the Second Amendment, Brown said: “News flash. Every candidate says they’re pro-gun in a Republican primary, especially in a conservative district. Steve Laffey? I don’t know him from a hill of beans. He’s never been involved in Colorado. As near as I can tell, he’s running to sell a book. Barb Kirkmeyer? No one would ever accuse her of being a conservative. Ken’s a good friend. I like Ken and wish he were running for attorney general, which is what he originally was running for and it’s certainly within his skill set. If Scott Renfroe weren’t in the race, we probably would support Ken. But Scott Renfroe trumps almost anybody in politics.”
Brown, who lives in Severance, said the NAGR-PAC donated the maximum amount of $5,000 to Renfroe’s campaign, and said another $5,000 can be donated for the general election, as well. As for a personal donation, Brown said there is a limit of $2,600 per person per election, and a couple can give $5,200 per election.
“I’m writing a personal check to Scott’s campaign, as well as our PAC did,” Brown said.