Arriving in a giant red tour bus with the words "Need a job? Fire Peolsi" painted on the side, Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele spoke at the GOP "victory center" in Fort Collins, CO Thursday September 30th, 2010.
Though Steele repeated how happy he was to see such "young" energy at headquarters the handful of teens and twenty-something college republicans were outnumbered ten-to-one by straw-hat, "don't tread on me" t-shirt-wearing retirees. Not more than one hundred folks showed up for the rally. Here is a clip of Steele stumping for local candidates, most of whom physically distanced themselves from the controversial Chairman.
Coordinating the event was Chelsey Penoyer - Press Aide & Office Manager to the Colorado Republican Committee.
I've run into this cast of characters before. Below is Ed Haynes. Ironic that he is here cheering for Steele while he was forced to resign as Larimer County GOP chair after using a racial slur during a public opinion hearing regarding freedom of the press in the fall of 2007. Start watching this video at 52 minutes in to see what I'm talking about.
To me the scariest character, at this meeting was Scott Gessler - currently running for Secretary of State for Colorado. I personally spoke with Scott for about 10 minutes before Steele began his pep talk. Gessler frightens me because it seems that he wants to redraw the electoral districts to favor republicans. As secretary of State he would have this power. He has also made it his mission to keep Acorn OUT of Colorado. Yeah that's just what this state needs - to keep disenfranchised voters disenfranchised. Gessler was one of two candidates that physically positioned himself near the Chairman during the event.
The other was Sue Sharky, pictured below. She is running to be elected to the board of regents. She railed against the high cost of higher education in Colorado while simultaneously advocating tax cuts and, in turn, budget cuts for higher education in Colorado. She made a point of decrying the fact that 90% of professors at CU are registered Democrats. Coincidence?