On June 16, 2012, the Boulder Daily Camera printed my response to the following question:
The 2nd Congressional District for Colorado had traditionally been viewed as a Democratic stronghold — or Republican lockout depending on your point of view. But the district has been slightly changed, and there’s an interesting race that could wind up putting a strong challenge to incumbent Rep. Jared Polis, D-2nd CD, in the fall. He’s running unopposed; businessman Eric Weissmann is running against state Sen. Kevin Lundberg in the primary. What do you think?
Democrat Rep. Jared Polis should relish running against Republican Kevin Lundberg, and fear opposing Eric Weissmann. Lundberg’s social conservatism will be unpopular among CD 2 voters. Since Eric Weissmann supports both economic and personal liberties, he is better positioned to defeat Polis.
Consider civil unions. In 2006, 55 percent of CD 2 voters supported Referendum I, which would have established legal domestic partnerships. While Lundberg opposes civil unions, Weissmann’s Denver Post Voter Guide profile says “government should not be in the business of deciding who can or cannot get married.”
Abortion is similar. Almost 75 percent of CD 2 voters opposed the 2010 “Personhood” Amendment, which would have granted legal rights to human embryos. Lundberg has repeatedly supported such measures and “has been an ally of the pro-life movement for many years,” says the Colorado Right to Life Blog. Meanwhile, Eric Weissmann “opposes spending taxpayer money on abortions, but rejects government intrusion on the choice to get an abortion,” reports the Fort Collins Coloradoan.
These election results validate polling conducted for the Weissmann campaign [which nicely shared it me]. In a contest between Polis and a “Republican State Legislator who is a well-known social conservative” (like Lundberg), Polis won by 18 percentage points, with 22 percent of respondents undecided. When Polis instead opposes a “successful small businessman who has never run for public office before” (Weissmann), Polis’s margin of victory decreased to 5 percentage points, with 17 percent undecided.
Registered Republicans have until June 26 to vote in the primary election. They should choose wisely.