Letters to the Editor

Bruce Benson or Hank Brown are the Republican Party’s only hope in this year’s Governor’s race

Dear Editor,

While I have sometimes admired Tom Tancredo for standing up for what he politically believes in, I rarely have agreed with his conclusions. But in Colorado’s race for governor he has recently challenged both the Republican Party primary candidates, Scott McInnis and Dan Maes, to drop out of the race after the August 10th primary if they are tailing the Democratic challenger John Hickenlooper.

In fact, Tancredo has stated he will run on a third party ticket if the winner does not drop out if either is behind in the polls post primary. I agree with his conclusion that neither candidate will have a chance to win this top spot in November. Thus, the Republican Party should preempt the need for Tancredo to enter the race by rallying behind Hank Brown or Bruce Benson. (Mark Hillman just doesn’t have enough time to be competitive.)

It always takes money and name ID to win most political races of this stature and given that the selected candidate will have in reality only two months to raise the needed money, Benson or Brown offer the only hope for a meaningful competitive Governors’ race in November, which the Colorado voters deserve.  

American politics still must be about choice, not selection by default. Assuming Brown has no interest and is willing to be happy to work behind the scene the only hope for a competitive election is for the Republicans to appoint University of Colorado President Bruce Benson after the primary election; if neither candidate is leading in the polls in a matchup with Mayor John Hickenlooper. 

As you might remember I was a critic of Bruce Benson’s initial appointment to president of the University.

But in the person of CU President Bruce Benson, Colorado has found a leader that, so far, is well worth praising.

Benson has thus far proved to be both visionary and action-oriented. He has demonstrated a grasp of the possibilities of his off ice.

I know he has played a critical behind-the-scenes role in convincing Coloradans in conjunction with the University of Colorado Foundation to make their investment in the University of Colorado.

But what is most most impressive about President Benson thus far are not his skills per se, but the complete “straight forward frank style” from which they spring. Bruce Benson the person clearly understands the boundaries between himself and his office. 

He has already demonstrated an ability to work with the Colorado General Assembly on terms that clearly state the University’s and his case without ruffling feathers.

He has shown a keen understanding of the important partnerships that must be forged with the private sector in order to achieve political progress.

Based on what I’ve seen of his leadership thus far, and the amount of time left between the August primary election and the November general election, the Republican Party really has no other choice to be competitive.

Hickenlooper would win by default, which is neither good for his ability to begin to bring the state together, but the citizens of this state are left with no real choice at all. And if Tancredo enters the race, “turn out the lights, the party’s over” for any meaningful discussion of the real issues that face this state, which is not helpful to anyone, particularly the citizens of Colorado.

Jim Martin
Boulder