A pair of stories from The Colorado Statesman last week covered Eric Weissmann's campaign stops in Jefferson County and Broomfield, highlighting the winnability for the right Republican in Colorado's 2nd Congressional District.
First at the Jefferson County Lincoln Day Luncheon:
Jefferson County Republicans filled the Lakewood Elks Lodge to overflowing on Saturday for an unconventional Lincoln Day Luncheon and Candidate Roundup that featured a full slate of optimistic candidates and energized activists. The bellwether county is represented by Colorado’s three Democratic members of Congress and a number of swing races that could determine control of the state legislature...
[Weissmann] touted his success growing businesses -- including one he said exports products to China, drawing cheers from the crowd -- and endorsements by prominent Republicans such as former Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry and former state Rep. Rob Witwer.
He charged that Polis "talks like a Republican and wants you to think he’s pro-business and a fiscal conservative," but the candidate said he plans to hold Polis' feet to the fire over that image. "You give up your right to say that when you squander a trillion dollars of other people's money," he said.
And then at the Broomfield County Assembly:
The two main Republican candidates hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Jared Polis delivered the same message at Monday’s Broomfield County Assembly: This year, they said, they can win.
Weissmann told the crowd of more than 100 GOPers that the old 2nd District seat -- which Republicans haven't held since the early 1970s -- bears little resemblance to the one Polis will have to defend in November.
Democrats have seen their advantage among active registered voters in the district shrink to a margin of just two points, with 34 percent of voters registered as Democrats, 32 percent as Republicans, and 33 percent unaffiliated.
Weissmann told The Colorado Statesman that redistricting is only "part of the story."
The other part of the story, Weissmann said, is about the accusations of insider trading made against Polis in a recently released book by Peter Schweizer.
"Between the vulnerability of Polis on his ethics and the redistricting, I think there is a lot of enthusiasm," Weissmann said. "I'm not sure the facts of the redistricting are widely known, but those who understand it are excited about it."