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Opinion: Will Aspen end Boebert? If so, Vail (and the world) owes its ski-town rival

September 20, 2023, 4:34 pm

Boebert and friend in action at the Buell Theater in Denver on Sept. 10.

Could the elitist liberal enclave of Aspen be where Republican right-wing U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert’s tumultuous four-year tenure as the disturbing and embarrassing face of Colorado’s rough-and-tumble, working-class Western Slope comes to an end?

Whether it’s Democrat “Aspen Adam” Frisch, as his Republican foes refer to the former Aspen City Council member, or Aspen bar owner Quinn Gallagher, whom Boebert says she dumped this week after making out with him in a Denver theater before discovering he was a Democrat, Vail’s top ski-town rival looks to figure prominently in Boebert’s political future.

Frisch lost to Boebert by a scant 546 votes in 2022 – quite an accomplishment in a GOP plus-nine congressional district with virtually no national Democratic Party support – and, according to an internal poll, he now leads Boebert in the 2024 race for the state’s 3rd Congressional District.

If indeed Gallagher was a Democratic plant embedded in Boebert’s camp to generate a scandal, as Boebert seems to be indicating, the highly elaborate plot worked brilliantly. After vaping in front of a pregnant patron, groping and being groped by Gallagher, singing and waving her cell phone around (all caught on video footage obtained by 9News), Boebert was kicked out of the Buell Theatre in Denver on Sept. 10.

Boebert, who flipped off theater workers on her way out, has since apologized. The only problem with Boebert’s latest conspiracy theory (remember, she was a QAnon supporter and a big proponent of the Big Lie that President Joe Biden stole the 2020 election from Donald Trump) is that Gallagher is reportedly an unaffiliated voter along with the majority of the CD3 electorate.

Maybe Boebert was giving restaurateur Gallagher, an owner of Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar in Aspen, some pointers during what Boebert says was their first (and last) date at a performance of Beetlejuice: The Musical.

After all, the bombastic freedom fighter was a restaurateur in her own right with her now-defunct Shooter’s Grill in Rifle that rocketed her to right-wing stardom. And while there were some questions about the quality of her sliders, the age of her gun-toting waitresses and her disregard for covid closures, the place did put her on the political map.

Boebert, however, famously lost a lot of money with her alt-right, white nationalist watering hole, and Gallagher is now reportedly taking some heat in Aspen for his choice of theater dates, so maybe Boebert isn’t the best source for dining establishment advice.

The Colorado Turnout Project political action committee says the latest Boebert scandal – unlike her hero Trump’s admitted pussy-grabbing comments to Access Hollywood – should be politically career ending.

“Now, we’re not prudes,” the PAC recently wrote in a fundraising email. “But when any Member of Congress is this disrespectful to others in public, brazenly flouts social norms, and even laws, and then proceeds to lie about all of it—especially when they engage in sexual conduct in public around children—they should absolutely resign. They are not fit for public office.”

9News anchor Kyle Clark recently opined he wasn’t surprised by Boebert’s behavior, and no one should be, but what is surprising is how normalized Boebert and Trump’s behavior has become over the last seven years or so. And how little Boebert’s opponent call her out for backing Trump’s coup attempt in 2020 by reminding voters constantly of her “Today is 1776” tweet.

In late December of 2020, Boebert also tweeted, “Who is going to be in DC on January 6th to stand with President Donald Trump?” And, despite a complete lack of evidence of any widespread voter fraud, she voted not to certify Biden’s free and fair election on Jan. 6, 2021. In May of 2020, Boebert told RealVail.com the 2nd Amendment was for overthrowing a tyrannical government – all of this as she espouses an ultra-religious dogma she clearly doesn’t live by.

While Frisch has aggressively gone after Boebert’s abysmal record on reproductive freedom, for some reason he’s more reticent on her even more troubling history of crapping on the constitution and undermining democracy by subverting the peaceful transfer of power. How do any other policy differences matter if Boebert and the indicted election saboteur Trump are reelected and we lose our system of government?

Boebert’s behavior should no longer surprise anyone, but we should all be shocked at how far our democracy has stumbled into the gutter with the Trumps and Boeberts of the world.

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David O. Williams

Managing Editor at RealVail
David O. Williams is the editor and co-founder of RealVail.com and has had his awarding-winning work (see About Us) published in more than 75 newspapers and magazines around the world, including 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), the Anchorage Daily Press (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, Aspen Journalism, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Boulder Daily Camera, the Casper Star Tribune (Wyoming), the Chicago Tribune, Colorado Central Magazine, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), Colorado Newsline, 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 Cortez Journal, the Craig Daily Press, the Curry Coastal Pilot (Oregon), the Daily Trail (Vail), the Del Norte Triplicate (California), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Gazette, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, Explore Big Sky (Mont.), the Fort Morgan Times (Colorado), the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), the Kingman Daily Miner (Arizona), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the Las Vegas Sun, the Leadville Herald-Democrat, the London Daily Mirror, the Moab Times Independent (Utah), the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), the Montrose Daily Press, The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, the Rio Blanco Herald Times (Colorado), Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), the Salt Lake Tribune, SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Sky-Hi News, the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the Sterling Journal Advocate (Colorado), the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Health Magazine, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail, Westword (Denver), Writers on the Range and the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

3 Responses to Opinion: Will Aspen end Boebert? If so, Vail (and the world) owes its ski-town rival

  1. Joe Sixpack Reply

    September 21, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    If I lived in district 3 I would definitely vote for Boebert. She is a reliable Republican that does a good job of representing my political views in congress. I’m not at all impressed with what I’m seeing out of the Democrats. They have nothing to offer me with their platform based on theft and redistribution. I’m tired of spending so much time working for the taxman and being punished for my financial success. There’s a lot of ski bums in Vail and Aspen that want to stick others with their housing, healthcare, and food bills and I’m sick of being their pincushion.

    • David O. Williams Reply

      September 21, 2023 at 12:16 pm

      So you’re advocating for the end of our constitutional democracy and an era of authoritarian forced birth, religious persecution (unless you’re a white nationalist Christian), unfettered gun access to the detriment of public safety, unregulated fossil fuel and chemical consumption to the severe detriment of our air and water and a federal government that mandates what we read, who we have relationships with and who is allowed to vote? Just so you can have lower taxes along with the corporations currently enjoying record profits.

  2. Leroy D Reply

    September 21, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    She claims to have forgotten that she was vaping. I wonder what it was that she was vaping that made her forget. I wonder if anyone around her could identify what it smelled like? If it was pot as a federal employee she is prohibited from using it. She could and should lose her position and any future benefits that she might be entitled to from the federal government. Would she be willing to take drug test? If it turned out to be positive it is strictly prohibited for federal employees to partake in those activities.

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