Why Vetting Me Is So Important

By Eli Bremer
Why Vetting Me Is So Important

As a candidate for the U.S. Senate, I am currently going through the longest and most comprehensive interview of my entire life … and I’m shocked by the lack of vetting.

Running for public office means boasting about my accomplishments and differentiating myself from my opponents, which I have been doing since last August. In the last eight months I have made some pretty bold claims.

I’ve claimed to have facilitated the extraction of our American allies from Afghanistan. 

I’ve claimed to have international business experience in various Asian countries such as China, Japan, Taiwan, India, and Cambodia.

I’ve claimed to have led the efforts to reform the United States Olympic Committee (USOC, now USPOC) in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. I’ve even claimed that Michael Bennet did nothing to help, going as far as to say that he did not return phone calls from his own party. 

These are bold statements, and no one is asking me to prove that any of it is true. This is a problem. Republicans have a real opportunity to defeat Michael Bennet and take CO back this November but only if we put our best candidate forward and that means vetting all the bold claims being made.  

Why? Because the Democrats won’t be giving any of us a pass. Not to mention the lessons we should have learned from previous races in CO, from candidates embellishing their resumes to outright lying in order to win Primaries. Only to be handily defeated by Democrats who actually vet our claims. 

My work to extract American allies in Afghanistan is not something you will find reported upon online, my work in Asia is not on my LinkedIn, and Michael Bennet’s phone records surely aren’t public. 

Since no one has vetted these extremely bold claims, I’ll provide the vetting myself. Even if voters don’t ask the questions, they have a right to know if I’m telling the truth. With so much on the line this November, it isn’t enough just to “like” a candidate. Republicans must ask the hard questions of the candidates that they like BEFORE the Democrats do. If not, it’s too late. 

When Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, I was contacted by several veterans to get their translator (TERP) families out of the country. As a graduate of the Air Force Academy, I banded together with other Service Academy graduates to help process SIV paperwork, working as an intermediary between Afghan Nationals and Congressional offices. I was a small part of this lifesaving network and there is ample private digital traffic to document my efforts and claims in this regard. 

(Eli Bremer with his wife, Cami in Bejing at a Shaklee conference. Photo courtesy of Eli for Colorado.)

Regarding my claims about international work in Asia. I am an entrepreneur. I serve in consulting capacities for many companies in a variety of industries. I hold a valid 10-year multi-entry business visa to China from work I did there while serving as a consultant to Shaklee, a green, U.S. based, supplement company with a sizable market in both China and Japan. I was responsible for supporting marketing operations all over China, Taiwan, and Japan, which required multiple trips to the area. I met with government regulators, made public speaking appearances, and advised U.S. executives on how programs were going in remote regions. 

My consultancy work in business development and marketing has also taken me to India. In India, I provided guidance to businesses on software development and operations. I am currently involved with an ongoing effort involving a defense technology exchange between India and the United States. Finally, my brother, who is a physician, and I conducted a medical and business audit of an NGO hospital in Battambang. Private date and time stamped photos as well my passport will substantiate these claims.   

(Eli with his brother, Justin in Cambodia. Photo Courtesy of Eli for Colorado)

While there is some public documentation regarding my work on Olympic reform, the full nature is not public. I helped found and lead an effort called Committee to Restore Integrity (CRI) which had nearly 1,000 members. Nancy Hogshead-Makar, the top women’s sports attorney in the country, was my main counterpart. Our members were largely non-gymnast victims of abuse or former elite athletes who wanted to overhaul the USOC, now USOPC to end abuse. The gymnasts pushed for one set of reforms specific to Nassar, the CRI pushed for more systemic governance reforms across all sports. The two groups joined forces and combined their legislative efforts under SB2330 which became law under President Trump. Senator Gardner and his staff are capable of independently explaining the role I had and how much of my own time and money I put into ensuring that SB2330 passed.  

(Eli with fellow Olympians, Senator Gardner, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, and others at the press conference announcing the introduction of SB2330 in Denver, CO. Photo courtesy of Eli for Colorado.)

There is a saying that “good marketing is the truth well told.” As a business and marketing professional, I know this to be true. As Republicans, I believe we have the best ideas for governance. But we also must be willing to allow the truth to come out. If a candidate claims something to be true, people should verify it through public records or confronting the candidate directly. In a world where politicians are trusted less than almost any other profession, Republicans must lead on transparency.

Any questions regarding any of my claims may be directed to [email protected]. I can assure you that your email will be answered.


About the Author:

Eli Bremer is a Republican running for United States Senate.