Letters to the Editor

The 9.12 Project Colorado Coalition has not endorsed candidates — and will not

Dear Editor,

9.12 Project members who nominated or seconded candidates at the Republican District and State Assemblies do not speak for The 9-12 Project group to which they belong, or for any of the other groups in our coalition. The 9.12 Project Colorado Coalition is a volunteer-based, non-partisan collection of grassroots groups focused on building and uniting our communities around 9 American Principles and 12 universal values.

To date, The 9.12 Project Colorado Coalition has not endorsed any candidate for any race. Since a 9-12 Project member from Douglas County nominated Scott McInnis for Governor at the State Assembly, we have received numerous inquiries and need to set the record straight that these nominations and seconds should not be misread or promoted as an endorsement by our coalition or its member groups. We focus on educating and informing constituents and then letting them make up their own minds, not on collectively supporting candidates for office.

None of the groups in our coalition have endorsed Scott McInnis or Dan Maes. One, Vail Valley 9-12, expressed support of Maes for an online fund raising activity in February. The fact that a member of a 9-12 Project group personally endorsed a candidate at an assembly should not be misinterpreted to suggest that such an endorsement is representative of The 9.12 Project Colorado Coalition or its membership as a whole.

Thousands of voters from The 9-12 Project, Tea Party, and conservative grassroots groups researched and met with candidates who accepted invitations to various events across the state. There were at least four (4) events sponsored by the grassroots where both Maes and McInnis spoke before caucus night. After their own “vetting” of the two, a majority of the estimated 11,000-12,000 grassroots voters in the caucus preference poll as well as 49.35% of the delegates at the GOP State Assembly did not chose Scott McInnis.

The 9-12 Project Colorado Coalition, 25 groups with a combined membership of over 10,000 voters, is part of nationwide movement. The 9-12 Project is a volunteer based non-partisan movement focusing on building and uniting our communities back to the place we were on 9/12/2001. The day after America was attacked we were not obsessed with political parties, the color of your skin, or what religion you practiced. We were united as Americans, standing together to protect the greatest nation ever created. Our goal is to bring us back to that same feeling of togetherness again. Our mission is to inspire individuals and groups to connect with their communities through education, service and dedication to the 9 Principles and 12 Values to which we have committed.

Lu Busse, Chair
The 9.12 Project Colorado Coalition