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Colo. Republican Ali Hasan Supports Ground Zero Mosque: ‘Muslims for Bush’ Founder Attacks Opponents As “Bigots”

Wealthy Colorado Republican health care scion, Muhammad Ali Hasan, wrote an op-ed in the Huffington Post Tuesday supporting the building of the controversial mega-Mosque next door to Ground Zero, the site of the  9-11 World Trade Center attacks.  Hasan, the founder of Muslims for Bush, sweepingly portrayed the project’s opponents as bigots:

I deeply support building this mosque. To my fellow conservative leaders who say they are against this project, yet claim to not be bigoted, I have news for you: you are a bigot.

Hasan, who now appears to be a blogger for the left-leaning Huff-Po, employs some logically specious arguments in trying to make his case for the mosque.  One, is that in addition to being a mosque, an entire  community center called the Cordoba House, which would include bookstores, a swimming pool, and other amenities, would be part of the development, and open to all.   Objection – relevance?

Even worse, is this  non-sequitur:

Shame on Republican leaders for criticizing such a fine project. After all, I believe many of these conservatives were the same leaders who supported the bailouts of 2008 and turned blind eyes to the book-cooking that kept companies like Enron in business?

Perhaps the founders of the Cordoba House should abandon the project, convert to Christianity, and invest their $100 million into a more modest building, closed to the public, that will instead house an oil company that cooks its books to reflect fake profits? History dictates that the same conservatives criticizing the Cordoba House project would probably give this new oil company a large bailout — provided that the good oilmen are white and Christian.

And Hasan has the hubris to cast stones at other Republicans for bigotry?  With imaginative economic reasoning like this, we should all be grateful to J.J. Ament for singlehandedly knocking Ali out of contention for Colorado Treasurer.

Can it be possible that fellow conservatives could agree that the First Amendment’s  free exercise of religion clause permits the mosque, are not bigoted, but think the mosque project shows poor judgment?  Yes and no, according to Hasan.

While Hasan finds himself unable to conjure up any legitimate basis for the opposition,  he acknowledges that his friend and mentor, Newt Gingrich, is not a bigot (nor is Sarah Palin).  How does Hasan explain Gingrich’s outspoken and well-argued opposition to the Cordoba mosque-mall project?  He doesn’t.  Nor does he bother to engage readers rhetorically by presenting the best arguments of the opposition, then  countering them.

That leaves me to present the other side for purposes of this post.  As I prefer the Newt Gingrich side of the debate, however,  I’ll present his argument and cut down Ali’s points instead.

First,  just because something is constitutional doesn’t make it sound.  The free speech clause, to use an example,  protects lots of nasty things, and I defend anyone’s legal right to say them or write them.   But would I support a politician who wanted to demonstrate in favor of racial segregation or who runs around burning flags?  Of course not.   Muslim leaders, including Hasan, should be using sound judgment,  appropriately  targeted to achieving their aims.  Instead, Hasan jumps aboard the left wing of the debate, and instead of providing  a compelling conservative argument,  simply draws on his own credentials  as a card-carrying Republican.

Gingrich pointed out on Fox News Tuesday night that Ground Zero is the most emotionally charged  locale in the country.  If the mosque developers wish to project a  message of tolerance and inclusion, Gingrich suggests a center featuring all three of the Abrahamic religions, not just Islam.  I wonder why Hasan fails to engage his mentor’s thought-provoking idea?

And I would be remiss if I ignored the elephant in the room (no pun intended).  Radical Islam certainly does not represent any but a small minority of Muslims in the U.S., but it is also a small minority of Muslims who speak out against radical Islam – very small.  And they can be quite sensitive about their own sensibilities, as exemplified with the Danish cartoon fanaticism.

So  picture this.  A site of mass casualties of Muslims somewhere in say, western Europe.  A Jewish group decides they’d like to open a synagogue next door.  How many cries for tolerance do we think we’d be hearing from Muslims about that one?

Ali Hasan has the potential to build better understanding of Islam among conservatives .  To do that effectively, however, he needs to speak in the same breath about the need for American Muslims to speak out,  or they will continue to receive the skepticism about their intentions with which they’ve been greeted so far.   Hasan might call that bigoted.  I call it reality.  He can’t reserve all his wrath for conservatives – especially with arguments as weak as those on display in the Huffington Post op-ed.

Hasan  is wasting his enormous potential as a man of persuasion and bridge building if he merely tosses rhetorical grenades at fellow conservatives in what seems more like pandering to leftist readers than a genuine attempt to win conservative hearts and minds.

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Colo. Secretary of State Won’t Opine About GOP Replacement for McInnis on Ballot for Governor

Colorado Secretary of  State, Bernie Buescher, just announced his office will not give an opinion of what would be a legal ballot substitution for Scott McInnis – the disgraced Republican candidate for governor.  McInnis is the subject of a plagiarism scandal after reports of his using unattributed research in exchange for $300,000 he was paid for 150 pages of  water law articles by the Hasan family foundation.

Buescher’s office declined to give an advance opinion, and said they would address the issue only when a candidate actually attempted to be placed on the ballot:

“This week, my office has fielded numerous calls asking for answers to hypothetical questions related to whether a candidate may be replaced in a contested primary,” Buescher said. “At this point, no decision will be given to speculation that may impact a current and actual contest. Any conclusions reached by my office to these inquiries may potentially have an unintentional effect on an ongoing race.”

“If a scenario does occur with actual implications to the ballot, voters can rest assured my office will provide a timely and clear decision that follows Colorado’s constitutional and statutory provisions. Only after all individuals and organizations impacted by this decision have had an opportunity for reasonable input, will we issue an official position.”

Buescher, a Democrat, obviously hampers the Republicans by being so coy.  To be fair, advisory opinions are something most government agencies prefer to avoid – it cuts off their options.  At the same time, shouldn’t the circumstances under which a replacement candidate can be placed on the ballot be clear to the public?

ExPat ExLawyer is pleased to announce that this is our 100th post.  Thanks to all the readers who have made our seven months of blogging so enjoyable.

Walker Stapleton, Colo. GOP Treasurer Candidate, Will Face J.J. Ament in Primary

Walker Stapleton furnished enough signatures to successfully petition on the August 10 Coloarado Republican primary ballot, according to the Secretary of State’s office.  Stapleton chose to forego the State Assembly, held May 22.  J.J. Ament won a resounding 79-21 victory against Ali Hasan, knocking him off the August ballot.  Hasan declined to try the petition route, stating he would stick with his commitment to abide by the results of the assembly.

Stapleton furnished a total of 25,964 signatures, 14, 449 of which were valid – a 44 percent rejection rate.  He needed a total of 10,500 signatures, with a minimum of 1,500 from registered Republican voters in each of Colorado’s seven congressional districts.

Ali Hasan Ends Colo. Treasurer Bid – Will Not Attempt Ballot Petition; Mark Hurlbert Should Follow Suit in Senate District 16

Ali Hasan, a Republican  candidate for Colorado Treasurer, just announced on his website that he will not seek to petition his way on the August primary ballot.  Hasan’s  announcement follows a stunning loss at yesterday’s Colorado Republican State Assembly, where J.J. Ament won 79 percent of the vote and Hasan only 20 percent.  By failing to win at least 30 percent, Hasan was out of the race unless he chose to pursue a petition signature path.

Hasan stated he  is “against” the petition option:

From the start of the campaign, we committed to the Assembly process.

And while a substantial amount of delegates gave us their support, we were still short of qualifying – with that said, I am a man of my word – I respect the decision of our good activists and we end our campaign here

Hasan should be applauded not only for making the right decision for the GOP and for Colorado, but by deciding quickly.  With the huge and enthusiastic turnout for the Assembly, that momentum should not be wasted in further intra-party skirmishes.

Hasan did not mention in his statement whether he would be endorsing either of his Treasurer race rivals, J.J. Ament or Walker Stapleton (who did not participate in the Assembly and is petitioning on the ballot).  Hasan noted, however,  “I look forward to helping our State Senate and House candidates win back Colorado in 2010 – and I’m really really looking forward to getting back to film directing.”

State Senate District 16 candidate, DA Mark Hurlbert,  should follow his friend’s lead after his crushing loss in that race to Tim Leonard at Friday’s District Assembly.  Leonard defeated Hurlbert by 71 percent to 29 percent,  which could free up Leonard to devote his energy and resources to beating Democrat Jeanne Nicholson, a Gilpin County Commissioner.

Some of Hurlbert’s  supporters argue that he is more “electable” in November.  At best,  this theory is based on a 2008 notion of electability, and 2010 is a very different year.  The conservative base is wildly motivated, as the grassroots assembly sweep amply demonstrates. Hurlbert’s poor showing is in part a grassroots reaction against party leaders’ attempts to handpick candidates.

Still, a petition-based challenge  would be fair enough had Hurlbert demonstrated some sort of significant support base of his own outside the conservative delegate majority with which to challenge Leonard.  But Hurlbert did not.  He ran a listless campaign that generated few volunteers and paltry fundraising.  Significantly, he found little support within the district, obtaining only nine campaign contributions in over three months of campaigning (Leonard received 89).

While Leonard raised more funds in the most recent quarter than any other GOP state Senate candidate in Colorado, generating 280 contributions and over $65,000 raised to date,  Hurlbert managed only $10,200 and a total of 39 contributors.  Of that total, $2,000 came from Ali Hasan and four of his family members-making up almost 20 percent of Hurlbert’s total fundraising.  Another $3,200 came from members of Hurlbert’s extended family.  Deducting those donors, leaves Hurlbert with only $5,000 cash raised from 27 separate donors.

For the sake of the great shot Republicans have to regain control of the state Senate with a victory in this crucial district,  Mark Hurlbert should promptly call it quits, and unite behind Tim Leonard.

Colo. Republican State Assembly 2010 – Live Blogging: JJ Ament Crushes Hasan with over 79% for Solo on GOP Ballot; Maes edges McInnis; Buck gets 76.56

UPDATE:  Maes edges McInnis 49.35 to 48.8 for top line on ballot, 3,528 votes cast. JJ Ament ousts Ali Hasan for Treasurer for sole GOP ballot spot gaining a stunning 79% of the vote.  Ken Buck gets 76.5%, eliminating all other opponents but petitioning Jane Norton and Tom Wiens.

I am still undecided for Governor and US Senate, but was a strong supporter of JJ Ament.  Despite Hasan’s recent claims of 40 percent of the delegates, I suspected that things could work out differently with the secret ballot.  I commented on a post at the PPC, that I found it hard to believe 40% of our delegates could be so misguided.  Well they weren’t dumb and they couldn’t be bought.

Tim Leonard’s sole finish yesterday, and JJ Ament’s today show that conservatives are serious about electing intelligent and principled conservatives to turn the state around.

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Ex-Pat Ex-Lawyer will be doing long-distance, live blogging of today’s Republican State Assembly, where the Scott McInnis vs. Dan Maes race for Governor, and the Treasurer’s race between favorite JJ Ament and Muhammad Ali Hasan should produce the most fireworks.

(NB: Blogging not real live until 11:30 – Life intervened to put me behind schedule – I’m providing a catch-up comendium.  OK.  I was up late celebrating Tim’s win !)

Arrival – Noon

Lynn Bartels is on The Spot – watching the more than 3,500 elephants herded in for arrival at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.  Ali Hasan’s passenger transport golf carts were on hand with Hasan volunteers behind the wheel.

Ali Hasan Volunteers Shuttle Assembly Attendees (Photo - Lynn Bartels/Denver Post)

Marty Neilson – CUT President Hey! I’m here at the Ken Buck suite. CUT has a table getting lots of traffic. The energy and enthusiasm are fantastic! If we can carry this through November, it will be a Republican victory in CO and the US!  The Budweiser Center is a great venue.

Al Maurer – Also reporting in upon for the early morning shift. Says looks like “Joe G. rounded up the homeless to wave his signs.”

Al Maurer – Further reports boredom for the next two hours.  Boring speeches and boring bureaucratic paperwork.

Al Maurer – Clive Tidwell introduced to a lukewarm reception.  Ken Buck got wild applause when he repeated his line from yesterday about walking out if the MX prez had dissed AZ.

EPAL Commentary – Buck’s line is a cheap throwaway. Conservative pundits point out the real one deserving of criticism is Obama for his dissing of the US.  We hate it if our Prez does apology tours abroad.  This is most free market, conservative MX Prez ever.  Mejicanos don’t like apology tours either, and Calderon has his own home crowd to please.  I also don’t think criticizing one law of one state is akin to criticising the US from a diplomatic etiquette POV.

And this is true whether we agree with the law or not.  If we thought one state of Mexico was doing something we didn’t like, and BO or (preferably) another prez went down and said it, nobody on our side would have a problem (some  “progressives” might).  I’d much rather hear from Buck and the others about real issues, not showy gestures – and I like Buck and agree with 80 percent of AZ law.  Just want some consistency, folks, and want to learn a lot more than we do now about our two Senate candidates.

Bob Moore at the Coloradoan – Has a great summary of Buck’s speech:

Buck drew the loudest ovation of any candidates today. Without mentioning her by name, Buck criticized former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton for bypassing the assembly process and using petitions to qualify for the Aug. 10 ballot.

“This is a great process. It is a process where our candidates need to respect the assembly by coming here and asking for your support.”

Lynn Bartels and The  Spot’s GOP Coverage crew have been doing a great job (and helping my sorry self in the process).  Some excerpts from Lynn Bartel’s gubernatorial summary.  First, on Dan Maes:

Maes got zingers in at both Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter and McInnis.  Maes said his family was behind his run. “You won’t hear me saying I have to go home for family reasons,” referring to Ritter’s decision not to seek re-election.  Maes also said he would bring a business executive background to government, not a lawyer’s background.  McInnis is a lawyer.

Definitely not a good year for GOP lawyers.   From Scott McInnis:

McInnis opened his campaign with a stunner: A Douglas County 9-12er who once backed Maes and contributed money said she “vetted and vetted and vetted” the candidates and decided to go with McInnis.  She said he has a conservative voting record and knows Colorado issues well.

McInnis talked about “jobs, jobs, jobs” and getting rid of Ritter’s executive order allowing state employees to organize.

Now that’s sounding pretty smart for a lawyer.  I believe government employee unionization bears significant responsibility for the economic crisis facing so many states, and represents the greatest threat to the country’s economic future.  Colorado needs to nip this in the bud now, before we go further down California’s road to ruin.  Hopefully McInnis, if elected, will have the backbone to resist complaints by “law and order” and “public safety” proponents who want to give carte banche to law enforcement, fire, and corrections departments.  In California, those groups have done more harm than even teachers’ unions to the state budget’s unfunded pension liabilities.

Al Maurer- further reports – JJ Ament got a very warm reception, Ali Hasan came out flashing his signs about Colorado winners, bailout losers, yadah, yadah, yadah.  Maurer reports he went almost all negtive on Ament – the first candidate of the day to have done so.

Curtis Hubbell – Political Editor at the DP – And a guy who’s always hilarious, has an amusing piece on the Microphone cut-off mania.  He seems to respect GOP Chair Dick Wadhams who can in fact make the “trains run on time.”  Curtis suggests stopwatches as the best gift for your favorite Colorado Republican this year.

Danny Stroud – GOP Candidate for House Dist. 1 – and a very thoughtful candidate rode to the Assembly this morning on his Harley.  He passed this along at about 12:30:

The nomination of Scott Gessler is in process.  Earlier the speeches for the governor and senate races were interesting, but it is clear that Republicans no longer respond to tired phrases such as “let’s take our country back.”   Neither does the “we hate Pelosi” dog hunt.  The most inspiring and well-received speeches were those that talked more generally about American Values.  People want to be inspired by someone that is like them. I call that “leading from the pack”.  It’s not a new idea, but conservatives,  and especially republicans, have lost their way of late.  It is good to see the energy.  I hope people know we are at the beginning of a long fight.

Well put.  It’s exciting because the momentum sure seems to be with us, but we have so much to undo, as well as do.  And undoing things government has already done is much harder than doing new things, enacting more programs, passing more laws, and spending more money.

Great Weekend Colorado GOP.  Thanks to Marty Neilson, Al Maurer and others (you know who you are) for keeping this long-distance blogger informed.

TIM LEONARD WINS SD 16 WITH 71%- KEEPS DA MARK HURLBERT OFF BALLOT-Live Blogging From Dist. Assembly: Multi-County House and Senate; Cong. Districts 2,3,4,5 and 6

Live blogging.  Tim Leonard takes 71% of Assembly vote; ousts  prosecutor, Mark Hurlbert from Gop Ballot.

Tim Leonard Supporters Celebrate (Photo-Lynn Bartels, Denver Post)

Ex-Pat Ex-Lawyer will be live blogging from reports received from people attending the District Assembly today.  We’ll do a separate, live-blog post for the State Assembly tomorrow.

Please Email in any Reports and pictures to Lauraincabo@gmail.com or Leave Comments -You can also Tweet me @ ExPatExLawyer

Schedule:  9:-10 – GOP State Central Committee Mtg.

10:00 – Multi Dist.House Assemblies.  HD 13, HD 33, HD 40, HD 56, HD 60, HD 61, HD 62, HD 63, HD 65.

11:30 – Multi-County Senate Dist. Assemblies – The big contested race here is Senate District 16, an open seat as popular Dem incumbent Dan Gibbs is not seeking re-election. Tim Leonard dominated DA Mark Hurlbert in fundraising and just won (1:00 p.m.) with 71%, keeps “moderate” mountain bike prosecutor off ballot .  Other Senate Districts are SD1, SD2. and SD5.  SD 5 presents delegates with Republicans  Bob Rankin and Wayne Wolf battling it out to challenge Dem incumbent Gail Schwartz.  Degrow calls this one a toss-up, with a slight edge for a Dem hold. Update: Greg Brophy reports Rankin takes sole ballot spot with 82% of delegate votes.

Ben has this to say about SD 2:

A field of three Republicans — Kevin Grantham, Matt Heimerich and Talon Canterbury — has lined up to fill the shoes of the GOP’s retiring state senator Ken Kester. Right now, any of them looks like better odds than the two late-entry Democrats Gloria Stultz and John Webb, neither of whom has reported raising a dime. Likely GOP hold

1:00 – Multi County House Dist. 47 and 64 Assemblies – Republican candidates in these two races have no primary opponents.  In 47 Keith Swerdfeger has two Dem opponents.  The seat is currently Dem, but Ben Degrow calls it leaning GOP pickup.  In Dist. 64, Lisa Grace Kellog takes on incumbent Dem.  Wes McKinley. Ben calls this leans Dem hold.

2:00 – Cong. Dist. 2,3,4 and 5 Assemblies – The 4th Dist. pits Cory Gardner against Tom Lucero.

3:00- Cong. Dist. 6 Assembly

UPDATE – 11:00 a.m. Marty Neilson, CUT President and GOP SD 16 Chair –says she hasn’t seen this much enthusiasm among Colorado Republicans since the 1980s!  Wow!

Sen. Greg Brophy reports that in HD 63,  Jon Becker wonn the nomination with enough delegate votes to keep the others off the ballot.

Lynn Bartels reports as if she too has never seen this many Republicans in one place:

The hotel hallways in outside the meeting rooms are so packed it’s difficult to walk along and check out candidate tables. Think Target the day after Thanksgiving.

UPDATE 11:35 a.m:  Reclaim the Blue’s Al Maurersays it’s a “zoo.” Al just found a place to sit down and type:

I didn’t expect to see a whole lot going on at the District Assembly today in Loveland. Boy, was I wrong. The state races are not until tomorrow but all the candidates are here today with tables, signs and supporters in campaign t-shirts. I have a Dan Maes t-shirt in my bag–I’m not really a t-shirt kind of guy–and am sporting my People’s Press Collective “credentials.”

I just mat a lady from Elbert County who said this is the first time in her life when she’s met in person all the people she can vote for. What an awesome testament to the level of political activity this year.

There are also some conservative organizations present, such as the Rocky mountain Gun Owners who have recently won the right for concealed carry on Colorado campuses.

We’re also spreading The Constitutionalist Today to people from throughout the state. There is a tremendous hunger for information  that the established media are not filling. I saw one guy with a big, professional-looking video camera walking past with Dick Wadhams, but other than that I haven’t seen them in evidence. I’ve got my flip cam, though.

Gotta love those comments about the cumbersome, old-school MSM.  That’s why I call Lynn Bartels a blogger.  Bloggers are agile and resourceful.

UPDATE: Al Maurer previously tweeted that Ali Hasan has four golf carts on hand to shuttle people around.  Al observes, “nice gesture, but where’s all his money coming from.”  I would assume it’s from the usual place, mommy and daddy.

Sen. Greg Brophy – won with 100 percent and en route to re-election in November.

Greg Brophy Tweets: “Superstar Senate candidate Bob Rankin w/ 82% at assembly on to wipe out Gayle Schwartz in SD5.”

Al Maurer – Says crowd and grassroots participation is extraordinary.  Lots of new faces.  He mentioned a brand new tea party organizer that just started up an Elbert County tea party group.  She told Al they had 41 attendees at the first meeting, and 250 at the next meeting.

Marty Neilson reports at 1:35 p.m. – Ken Buck has a big presence in Room 502 at Embassy Suites.  She also said Tim Leonard had a huge group of supporters, with lots of volunteers celebrating wildly.  Leonard won the 71% needed to oust Hurlbert by two votes, according to Tim Leonard. Both candidates gave excellent acceptance speeches.  Leonard’s nomination was made by Elena Campbell and seconded by Tom Tancredo. Sen. Al White, nominated Hurlbert. Considered the most liberal member of the GOP, White was an early endorser of Hurlbert, an endorsement quickly scrubbed off Hurlbert’s  Facebook page, as noted in this Hitler video spoof.

Al Maurer reports 1:40 – possible linkage between McInnis and Joe G. gubernatorial campaigns.  Somehow, Joe G. got a copy of the delegate list under the table, a no-no.  Then, delegates were called by the same phone service used by Scott McInnis.  It’s been said it’s to McInnis’ advantage to split the anti-establishment vote between Dan Maes and Joe G. and to have all three make the August primary ballot.  Intriguing.

Lynn Bartels at 2:34 – posts about Tim Leonard’s win over DA Mark Hurlbert.  Hurlbert said he’s not sure if he’ll try to petition on or not.  He and Al White claim he’s the most electable in November.  That’s hard to believe given that in four months of campaigning he only managed to find 9 contributors in the entire district.  Leonard had 89 in the district, and 280 donors total.  Leonard raised more money this past quarter than any other GOP senate candidate.

Ali Hasan and his family contributed about 20% of the $10,200 Hurlbert raised.  Hurlbert accepted

Scott Robinson: Legal expert says Hasan case should "raise eyebrows"

the Hasan money despite having investigated Hasan on possible criminal charges in 2008 – a move that creates an appearance of impropriety and “certainly raises eyebrows,” according to noted Colorado criminal attorney, Scott Robinson.

Al White said he could use Hurlbert’s help in the senate.  No doubt Hurlbert would provide it too.  If elected he would make White the second most liberal GOP member of the senate.  Both men seem to think it’s 2008.  Hurlbert’s record of raising budgets and lobbying to raise his own pay 37.5 percent over two years during the recession, won’t draw fiscal conservatives.

Besides,  Hurlbert’s authoritarian views on medicinal marijuana, and his recent inexplicable felony prosecution of a pair of cheating women mountain bike racers in Leadville,  will hurt him with independents and Democrats.   Seemingly oblivious to public will in the matter, Hurlbert was roundly criticized throughout Colorado, nationally, and even in the Denver Post and Vail Daily editorial pages for this  money wasting prosecutorial overreach that he continues to pursue.

Congressional Races

Greg Brophy – tweets at about CD4 at 3:30p.m. – “Lucero gave the weakest speech I’ve seen; couldn’t have earned a vote for dog catcher with that weak stuff.”  Brophy further reports that Buck’s speech was very well received, and Mcinnis was well received.  Brophy calls Cory Gardner’s speech one of the best he’s ever seen. Called out Prez O big time.

Don Johnson is live blogging CD-4 on his businessword blog. He’s a master at this, with his stacatto, Hemmingwayesque prose, and has all sorts of good quotes. Don agrees with Brophy about Cory Gardner’s speech, saying it’s the “best I’ve heard all year on the campaign trail.”

Al Maurer – Reporting from CD-5 notes, with amusement, that frequent anti-Buck blog commenter, Cheri Offner is sitting in fron row.  Jane Norton is there too -as a delegate, she said “when confronted by an activist unhappy with her choice to petition on.”

4:20 p.m.  A.G. John Suthers just spoke about states’ rights to rousing applause.

Cory Gardner wins CD-4 – 5:30 Greg Brophy reports the votes:  Gardner 359, Lucero 110, Medere 123.  Cory gains sole GOP ballot spot.

On The Campaign Trail – Not at Assembly

Danny Stroud – GOP candidate for Denver’s HD 1 already gained his nomination at the local Assembly.  He reports he’ll ride his Harley tomorrow to the State Assembly, but today he’s campaigning in his district.

Ali Hasan Launches Last Ditch Attack Ads Against JJ Ament on Radio; New Negative Website

Treasurer candidate Muhammed Ali Hasan has taken his penchant for negative campaigning

Muhammed Ali Hasan Launches New Negative Campaign

against a fellow Republican, party favorite JJ Ament,  to new depths with a radio blitz and a slick, and expensive attack website,  populistly titled, http://www.BigBankAment.com.  This latest attack comes three days before the State Assembly in which delegates will vote on which candidates will make the August primary ballot.

The latest attack spews out more of the same discredited rhetoric against Ament, including his alleged “income” from CitiBank – an income that consists of a few bucks of interest on a checking account. It’s hard to blame Hasan for this type of campaigning – it’s not like he has any positives of his own to bring to the race.  Not only doesn’t he have any expertise in Economics or finance, he’s presented no evidence of even having taken freshman Economics in college.

Ludicrously, Hasan also calls Ament a “fiscal liberal,” and himself a “fiscal conservative.”  My take is that Hasan’s not a fiscal anything.  He’s a wannabe politician in search of an office-any office.  And he and his family will spend whatever of their wealth is necessary to gain it.  Hasan’s already spent more money than any Treasurer candidate in the history of Colorado, and has used at least $170,000 of his own money to do so.

It can’t be a coincidence either that this last-ditch desperate attack comes shortly after Ament’s devastating deconstruction of Hasan’s ignorance about the most basic concepts of public finance in a painstakingly composed “fact check” red pencil mark-up of Hasan’s “plan” to control all of Colorado’s money.  Update: I’ve mentioned before that the Dems would have a field day with Hasan, as they already have in the past.  The Colorado Independent just picked up the story, in their own inimitable fashion.  Better deep-six this guy now, than go down in flames in the general.