Heidi Ganahl (Heidi Ganahl), the regent of CU and a Colorado Republican bet on the removal of Governor Jared Polis in 2022, she said that Colorado is declining because She started her campaign at the monument on Tuesday morning.
“I’m just heartbroken by what happened in our state. I think everything is going in the wrong direction,” she told reporters at Rosie’s Diner, arguing that crime must be reduced and that the city-state is an obstacle to personal upward mobility. “At some point, you have to raise your hand and become the change you want to see in Colorado.”
The 55-year-old also refused to disclose whether she accepted the 2020 presidential election results. She made no secret of her candidacy by writing a column for the Colorado Springs Bulletin and hosting a colorful Colorado podcast called Heidi , Which increased her visibility in the state. For months, Republican leaders have been calling her the best candidate for the party to confront the 46-year-old governor in 2022.
On Friday, when her campaign filed an application to the Secretary of State’s Office, any mysteries about her plan disappeared.
Republicans have less voting rights in Colorado than at any time since World War II. In response, Ganahl said: “I think we have to better communicate to our platform and how we can solve Colorado’s problems.”
On Saturday, state officials will vote on a controversial proposal to end the Republican party’s public primary election, which will exclude millions of voters from the process of selecting candidates for major positions. Gardner refused to stand aside in that debate, and refused to say whether she thought the 2020 presidential election was legal.
“I’m not going to talk about this now,” she said. Many Republican state lawmakers expressed a lack of election integrity, and a smaller faction questioned whether the election was completely stolen.
Ganahl serves on the board of directors of the University of Colorado and is the only Republican to hold a statewide elected position in Colorado. She won this seat in 2016, surpassing former House Speaker Alice Madden and former President Donald Trump by a quarter.
If she wins this race she’ll become the first female governor in state history, and just the second elected Republican governor of Colorado since 1975.
In a speech of about 15 minutes, Ganahl addressed dozens of supporters in the restaurant parking lot. She spoke about the problems she had seen in Colorado.
“Gas price rise, mental health crisis, inflation, unemployment, new taxes, more violent crimes-all this shows a pattern: Jared Polis is listening to his party elite, he is in San Francisco , The opinions of friends in the District of Columbia and New York,” she said.
Ganahl did not limit her criticism to out-of-state cities. She believes that Colorado is drifting towards Pearl Street in Boulder, away from the well-known Main Street. In addition to insulting the governor’s hometown, she also criticized him for being rich and out of touch. But even Ganahl has publicly admitted that it will be difficult to defeat an incumbent like Polis.
“There is no doubt that he is very smart and a good politician,” she said, adding that he “didn’t climb up because he never had to. Remember that silver spoon?”
Polis is worth hundreds of millions and is the son of parents who founded a successful digital company before the dot-com bubble burst. But Ganahl is also a multi-millionaire.
After her first husband died in a plane crash in 1994, Ganahl founded the pet care service Camp Bow Wow, which grew exponentially until she sold it to animal health giant VCA in 2014, which is Not long before entering state politics.
She is now the mother of four children and is married to Jason Ganahl, who founded GQue BBQ and Ice Cream Farm in Colorado.
As the regent, Ganahl has always been a staunch defender of conservative views on campus, and openly opposed her belief that conservative students are marginalized. She also publicly supports John Eastman, a law professor and former CU Boulder visiting scholar who tried to help Trump overturn the 2020 election results.
Earlier this summer, she told the Denver Post that she interviewed Colorado people from all walks of life on a podcast as part of her broader effort to celebrate her lack of diversity of thought on campus.
After the Democrats took control of the board in 2020 and fired the Republican and then CU system chairman Mark Kennedy, Gardner claimed that he was forced to step down “because he was not a felony of a Democrat or a left-wing scholar”.
Nico Delgado, a spokesperson for the Colorado Democratic Party, quickly issued a statement on Gardner’s statement, stating that she “cannot hide her relationship with Donald Trump, Corey Gardner, Lauren Bo Burt and the extreme right edge maintain a long-term record of synchronization.”
“Ganahl’s connections with right-wing politicians and groups are not in line with her dishonest rebranding-Colorado will see through it,” he added.