(Photo Taken from RSLC Video)
After naming Colorado a top legislative target for the 2022 elections earlier this month, the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) released a new video ad targeting Colorado’s Democrats for their role in the state’s decreased energy production.
In an interview with Politico, Dee Duncan, the president of RSLC, said he believes that Republicans could win control of Colorado’s General Assembly.
“I think that Colorado looks a lot like Virginia, and I think there’s going to be some noise to be made,” he said in the interview.
The RSLC listed Colorado under the “Opportunities to Flip Chambers” section when they named their top state legislative targets for 2022. In an effort to begin targeting the state, the RSLC released their new ad with a five-figure digital buy, emphasizing the message of Republicans in the General Assembly.
On March 16, Republicans in the State Legislature held a press conference on a resolution they introduced calling on President Joe Biden, Governor Jared Polis, and their Democrat colleagues in the General Assembly to join them in creating less-restrictive energy policies that work for Colorado and reduce the cost of living for Colorado’s families.
In a statement from the Colorado House Republicans, House Minority Leader Hugh McKean (R-Loveland) said, “In the last few weeks while our national inflation rate continues to rise, we’ve been seeing nearly record-breaking prices at the pump. The families of Colorado cannot afford this. We cannot afford these restrictive energy policies.”
Mason Di Palma, the RSLC’s Deputy Communications Director, echoed this sentiment in a press release regarding the ad, saying “Colorado Democrats are decimating the Centennial State’s energy sector by imposing harmful regulations that restrict this country’s ability to be energy independent. At a time where Coloradans are in need of relief from record high gas prices, Denver Democrats continue to push the same failed environmental policies of Joe Biden and D.C. Democrats, leaving their constituents to pay the price.”
The press release referred to an editorial by the Colorado Gazette Editorial Board regarding the General Assembly’s energy policies, specifically Senate Bill 181, which in a matter of months decimated Colorado’s oil and gas industries.
Democrats assigned the Republican resolution to the Senate’s State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee and it is scheduled to be heard in committee on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.