In a fundraising email this morning, the leader of Colorado’s Republican Party urged potential donors to “please give a thank you to both Congressman Ken Buck and Congresswoman Lauren Boebert for opposing this debt-ceiling compromise” and called on Colorado’s remaining Republican representative, Doug Lamborn, to join them.
“This so-called ‘deal’ is a sweetheart agreement between the Washington establishment and special interest insiders to keep the status quo while allowing radical Democrats a pass on defending their reckless spending in the 2024 election cycle,” wrote Colorado Republican Party Chair Dave Williams in Tuesday’s email. “To be frank, this is not why the American people elected Republicans into the majority, and it’s another reason why hard-working taxpayers are losing faith in the leaders of our party.”
Williams’ email called out Lamborn, also a hard-right Republican, for his silence on how he’ll vote on the debt bill. Lamborn represents the Colorado Springs area.
“The Colorado Republican Party asks that Congressman Lamborn shows a unified front with Ken Buck and Lauren Boebert by voting NO on this deal that grows America’s unsustainable debt,” stated the email, which urged potential donors to contact Lamborn and included Lamborn’s office number.
The letter quotes a May 27 Boebert Tweet saying Boebert will vote no on the compromise, which would, among other things, extend the U.S. debt ceiling beyond the next presidential election, impose work requirements on some food stamp recipients, transfer money that would otherwise have been spent by the IRS to get rich people to pay their taxes, and set temporary limits on some discretionary spending.
The compromise, negotiated between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), would avert a U.S. default on its debt. Such a default would send shock waves through the global economy.
“Our base didn’t volunteer, door knock and fight so hard to get us the majority for this kind of compromise deal with Joe Biden,” Boebert tweeted. “Our voters deserve better than this. We work for them. You can count me as a NO on this deal. We can do better.”
“Again, this is what Colorado Republicans expect from our elected leaders and we couldn’t be more proud of Ken Buck and Lauren Boebert for standing strong on this critical issue,” wrote Williams in his letter, which concluded with a request for donations.
Right-wing “Freedom Caucus” members, including Boebert, staged a news conference today denouncing the Biden-McCarthy compromise.