Archuleta County Business Woman Marina Zimmerman dropped out of the Republican primary for the US House of Representatives seat held by Lauren Boebert, making the June vote a two-horse race between longtime Senator Don Coram and Boebert, who is seeking a second two-term term years.
“We need every chance possible to get her and her extremism out,” Zimmerman told the Chieftain on Wednesday, hours after announcing on Twitter that she was withdrawing from the primary.
“I don’t want to take a vote away from Coram,” whose petition to be included in the primary ballot was approved by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold on Tuesday.
By dropping out, Zimmerman is trying to ensure that moderate Republicans and unaffiliated voters who choose to vote in the Republican primary on June 28 don’t split their votes between her and Coram, she said.
“Dividing the vote is not a good idea,” she said. “I just hope the supporters that I had, which were a huge number of unaffiliated voters in particular, and a lot of Democratic support, I hope they see the benefit of getting Boebert out in the primary… What happens in the general (in November) is another thing.
A federal judge last week dismissed a lawsuit brought by Republicans seeking to block unaffiliated voters, Colorado’s largest bloc, from choosing Republican primary candidates. Coloradans voted to adopt the “open primary” system in 2016.
Lack of civility and the congresswoman’s embrace of conspiracy theories were two of Zimmerman’s main criticisms of Boebert, she said.
“Civility is something we have to have, in my opinion,” she said. “The rhetoric between elected officials has become so partisan and bitter that it has destroyed relationships necessary for the proper functioning of government.
“The Lauren Boeberts and Marjorie Taylor Greenes – they’re not interested in good government that works…She talks a good game about what she’s done, but when you look at it, she hasn’t done anything for the district of Congress 3 or anyone other than herself.
Boebert introduced or co-sponsored about two dozen bills in Congress. Zimmerman described them as “absurd” and “all for show”. She said Boebert voted against protecting seniors from scams and voted against the bone marrow registry.
“She never did anything that would benefit District 3,” she said, referring to the vast congressional district that includes Grand Junction, Durango, Pueblo, parts of the Western Slope and Eastern Plains of Colorado.
The now former primary candidate also lamented the stranglehold she declared on the Colorado Republican Party.
At the party meeting on Saturday, delegates overwhelmingly chose Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters, who faces federal charges for her role in allegations of election tampering and misconduct, and state Rep. Ron Hanks, who repeatedly said the 2020 election was robbed at the time. -President Donald Trump. Peters will headline the primary ballot for Colorado secretary of state and Hanks for the US Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet.
“It’s really important that we straighten this out,” Zimmerman said. “I just don’t know what’s going to happen to our state, to our district if these people take over.”
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