Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez said Wednesday that Weld County will play an important role in his election bid over Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The challenger, who ended his one-day, eight-city “Unity” tour Wednesday night in downtown Greeley, is tied with Hickenlooper at 44 percent, according to a Rasmussen poll.
“We’ll be back often before November,” said Beauprez, who added that he’ll be at the Greeley Stampede Fourth of July parade Friday. “Weld County is going to be key to this. You are a model for the state to follow. I compliment you on the leadership you’ve got here and the power that’s in your people. This is a place where good things happen. We want good things to happen for all of Colorado.”
Beauprez, who won the governor’s straw poll in the Weld County Republican caucus on March 4 after announcing his candidacy just 12 hours earlier, praised Weld as the place that’s right about Colorado in everything from job creation to its ideas on water storage when he was in Platteville with other candidates in March.
“You’re creating jobs, you’re using resources wisely and you’re putting people to work and they’re good, high-paying jobs,” Beauprez said in March. “If it weren’t for Weld County, we’d be in a world of hurt not only what you’re doing with the energy industry, but the related jobs.”
Beauprez, a former U.S. congressman who ran for governor against Bill Ritter in 2006 and lost by 17 points, was joined in Greeley on Wednesday by his new running mate and lieutenant governor nominee, Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella.
Joining Beauprez on the tour were Scott Gessler and Tom Tancredo, who lost to Beauprez in last week’s GOP primary election. Also turning out were numerous GOP candidates from Weld County, including Weld District Attorney Ken Buck of Windsor, who is running for the 4th Congressional District seat.
“I think Bob will do well. He grew up in agriculture in the dairy business, and I think a lot of people can relate to that work ethic,” Buck said. “I think that he is a very genuine, down-to-earth person and I think he is going to do really well.”
Former Weld District Attorney and U.S. Attorney for Colorado Bob Miller of Greeley likes that Beauprez is seasoned, serious about the country and serious about the issues.
“He has had experience as a rural resident, a city resident with a business background, farm background and government background,” Miller said. “He was a congressman, and he served well. I think people are ready for somebody who is mature and serious and has got good judgment.”