In a Jan. 19 interview, state Rep. Ron Hanks (R-Cañon City) took aim at Democrats — as well as fellow state House Minority Leader Tim Geitner — for, respectively, their votes and failure to vote on a House resolution thanking Hanks for attending last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.
“We had a couple of Republican colleagues who mysteriously disappeared and were excused for some of these amendments including our illustrious assistant minority leader [state Rep. Tim Geitner (R-Colorado Springs],” Hanks on the Chuck and Julie podcast (at 29 minutes here).
Geitner managed “to make it back it time luckily to vote on the resolution by the Democrats, and at that point he voted against their resolution, so at least he has that to his credit.”
The Democrats’ resolution, among other things, re-asserted the validity of the 2020 presidential election results. It was passed by Democrats. Two-thirds of Colorado House Republicans voted for the failed measure to thank Hanks for attending the Jan. 6 coup attempt.
“I appreciate all votes; I appreciate all explanations. Being absent is a little bit questionable, I would say,” Hanks said on the podcast. “…You can’t argue against the facts, and I am sure he had a very legitimate reason to miss the Republican amendments but make it back for the Democrats. But that’s politics, right?”
Hanks was amused at the Democrats’ shocked response to the GOP proposals, including the amendments seeking forensic audits of the 2020 and 2021 elections and the one thanking Hanks for attending the insurrection.
“Liberal heads are exploding over this,” said Hayden, before asking Hanks to comment on the GOP amendments.
“I guess, the Democrats did go little nuts on it,” Hanks replied to Hayden. “You can tell when they all start running up and start taking pictures of the amendments as displayed that something isn’t clicking with them.”
At least one other Republican legislator, Rep. Matt Soper (R-Delta) has since expressed regret at voting for the amendments, saying he voted yes without reading the actual text.
In the interview, Hanks contended again that Biden was “not legitimately elected,” and he pushed back on reporters who point out that the courts, the Congress, recounts, and audits show otherwise.
“I always am hopeful that the media is going to look at things a little more objectively than they have at this point,” Hanks stated on the podcast, saying reporters usually end up giving him the “jail-house shiv” in their articles.