RNC Co-Chair: Democrats have failed Colorado 

By Tommy Hicks
RNC Co-Chair: Democrats have failed Colorado 

Colorado is a state I love and visit often. Just last week gas prices reached the highest averagethey have ever been in American history, and Colorado is only pennies away from breaking its own record. Despite typical blame shifting efforts from the White House, Coloradans know Joe Biden’s radical policies are responsible for their pain at the pump.  

Biden can try to shift full blame to Putin for inflated gas prices, but prices were skyrocketinglong before Russia invaded Ukraine. What’s worse, Biden has ignored calls from Colorado and those across the nation to boost American energy production in light of his ban on Russian oil.  

It doesn’t help that Gov. Jared Polis can’t seem to make up his mind on whether he wants gas prices to go up or down. Just last year, Polis opted to raise the gas tax. Now, he’s suddenly pretending to care about reducing costs

From surging crime rates to sky-high gas prices and inflation hitting Coloradans in the pocketbook, voters have every reason to hold Democrats accountable for the crises they created. Bad policies have consequences.  

– RNC co-chair tommy hicks

Everything is more expensive for Coloradans right now, be it food, housing, everyday expenses or gas. February’s consumer price index surged by 7.9% compared to last year. Sixty-four percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck and experts aren’t anticipating relief anytime soon thanks to Biden’s supply chain crisis and Democrats’ reckless spending agenda.

Colorado isn’t just more expensive than ever. It’s also more dangerous than ever.

Last year, over 2,400 Colorado police officers quit or were forced out of their positions. It’s no wonder why. In the past two years, Democrats went from beating the defund-the-police drum tohoping Americans forget when voters became fed up with the rising crime in their communities due to Democrat policies.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said recruiting individuals to a law enforcement career has become increasingly difficult since the police protests in 2020. As a result, crime is increasing in Colorado. In Douglas County alone, violent crime has increased by 19% from 2019 to 2021. And homicides in Larimer County increased by 300% from 2019 to 2021. 

The Denver Police Chief reported just last month that his department was down 170 officers. This is what happens when politicians like Kamala Harris refuse to back the blue: seasoned officers retire early, and new officers are harder to recruit. Similarly, Fort Collins Police ChiefJeff Swoboda said about 30% fewer people want to take the test to become police officers. Who can blame them when Democrats have done nothing but demonize the profession for the past two years? Biden’s calls to fund the police at his State of the Union address earlier this month aren’t just too little too late. They’re disingenuous.  

Meanwhile, Colorado Democrats are responsible for decriminalizing fentanyl. Thanks to them, those who possess enough fentanyl to kill thousands are given no more than a slap on the wrist and a ticket. As a result, fentanyl deaths in Colorado increased by almost five timesbetween 2019 and 2021.  

As hard as they may try, Democrats can’t weaponize anti-law enforcement rhetoric while simultaneously pretending to care about victims of violent crime. Democrat policies have empowered criminals and made Colorado less safe. Nearly 2,000 people died from fentanyl overdoses last year. Murders increased by 47% between 2019 and 2021. That’s a direct consequence of Democrats’ soft on crime policies.

From surging crime rates to sky-high gas prices and inflation hitting Coloradans in the pocketbook, voters have every reason to hold Democrats accountable for the crises they created. Bad policies have consequences.  

That’s why Republican momentum is building in Colorado. Make no mistake: Centennial State Democrats should brace themselves. November is coming.


About the Author:

Tommy Hicks is the Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee.