Lauren Boebert, a fiery conservative brand wearing Glocks, won the race for Colorado’s third congressional district on Wednesday, taking the Republicans’ seat as they tried to limit their losses in the House.
According to the Associated Press, Ms Boebert, 33, defeated Diane Mitsch Bush, a former state lawmaker, in the race for the seat of Representative Scott Tipton, a Republican overthrown by Ms Boebert in the party primary, the first time a challenger has defeated a House member who has been in the state for decades. She did so by portraying Mr. Tipton as not supporting President Trump enough.
Although Colorado has a more democratic streak, the Third Congressional District covers a vast expanse of the state’s more conservative western slope, where progressive upscale ski towns, such as Aspen and Steamboat Springs, are interspersed with conservative ranches and working class communities such as Pueblo and Grand Junction.
Ms Boebert, owner of a restaurant in Rifle, Colo. Where waitresses openly carry handguns, has drawn attention for expressing some interest in QAnon, but has since disowned the baseless conspiracy theory, which maintains that the world is ruled by a cabal. Satan-worshiping pedophiles plotting against Mr. Trump. Instead, Ms Boebert has positioned herself as the antidote to what she called the socialist ideology spreading in Washington, represented by lawmakers such as New York Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The MP-elect gained national attention in 2019 when she confronted then-Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke at a televised town hall outside Denver over her promise to confiscate weapons such as guns ‘semi-automatic assault. “I’m here to say, ‘Damn, no, you’re not,'” she told Mr. O’Rourke.
She said she decided to take on Mr. Tipton, a conservative and low-key congressman, after her office refused to help a voting measure preventing Colorado from awarding its electoral votes to the national winner of the popular vote . He didn’t seem to take the main challenge seriously and lost.
Ms. Mitsch Bush is a former Routt County Commissioner and state lawmaker who has highlighted her bipartisan track record and expertise on water issues, always a major concern in Colorado. She said Ms Boebert was more interested in political stardom than in working on the issues most important to Coloradans. She also attacked Ms Boebert for supporting the Republican drive to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
Ms Boebert has been hampered in her campaign by the disclosure of a series of run-ins with local police over charges of traffic and other behavior, including being arrested on an arrest warrant for failing to appear in court. court.
A group opposed to her paid for billboards featuring her mug photo at various locations around the neighborhood. But many constituents in the district were apparently prepared to ignore these transgressions and support Ms Boebert for her promise to be an aggressive conservative fighter in Congress.