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Neguse campaigns on facing Boebert, who accuses independent commission of bias

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September 10, 2021, 12:54 pm

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse is raising campaign funds based on the possibility he’ll be running against U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert when an independent redistricting commission finalizes new maps for Colorado’s eight U.S. House districts for the 2022 election cycle.

“Colorado’s redistricting commission just came out with its proposed new lines for our congressional district, and here’s the bottom line: Under this new map, Lauren Boebert and I reside in the same district,” the Neguse campaign said in an email blast to Dem donors this week. “There’s now a real possibility we’ll be going head-to-head in next year’s midterm elections. And with National Republicans already targeting [Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet’s] seat, this is an opportunity for them to double down on their efforts to flip Colorado, so we’re counting on your support.”

Joe Neguse

The email goes on to describe the philosophical differences between the Democrat Neguse — a Lafayette (near Boulder) liberal — and the Republican Boebert, an extreme right gun enthusiast and fossil-fuel cheerleader who lives in the Garfield County town of Silt. The latest proposed map would put Silt in Neguse’s 2nd Congressional District that includes Boulder.

“Needless to say, the contrast between Lauren Boebert and me could not be clearer,” the Neguse email continues. “She rejected the results of the 2020 election, and voted against the expanded Child Tax Credit that has helped over one million Colorado children. We can’t let her win this seat, and we can’t let our guard down when it comes to defending our Democratic majority in Congress and continuing to deliver for Coloradans.”

Boebert said on Twitter that she’ll run in the 3rd Congressional District regardless of the final redistricting maps (by law, congressional candidates do not have to reside in the district they’re running to represent). She also took to Twitter to inaccurately accuse the non-partisan redistricting commission of purposefully putting her in a district that leans Democrat (CD2) instead of the Republican-leaning CD3:

“Redistricting update: First it was adding part of Boulder, now it’s all of Boulder,” Boebert tweeted. “The Dems are so worried about me I suspect the next redistricting map will include Berkeley, California, too. Don’t worry rural Colorado, I got your back!”

Lauren Boebert

The latest maps, likely to be revised yet again before being finalized for 2022, have Eagle County entirely in CD3 instead of the current split that has the eastern third of the county, including Vail, in Neguse’s CD2, and the western two-thirds in Boebert’s CD3.

Boebert did not win Eagle County in 2020; nor did she win her home Garfield County. What put her over the top in her 6-point victory over Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush was a nearly 28-point margin in Mesa County (Grand Junction) and narrower-than-expected 2-point loss to Mitsch Bush in Pueblo County.

Arch-conservative Mesa County has been embroiled in a state and federal investigation of its election procedures following the possibly illegal actions of its Republican county clerk, Tina Peters.

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David O. Williams

Managing Editor at RealVail
David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, Aspen Journalism, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Colorado Times Recorder, the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Gazette, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, Atlantic Media's RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

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