John Ransom

Memo to the leaders of the GOP:

Wise up.

The dysfunction in the national GOP was on display in Colorado over the weekend; and oh, boy, what a mess.

If conservatives ever win an election again in Colorado it will be only by mistake. 

Incumbent chair, Ryan Call, was re-elected 272 votes to 158 over a well-known challenger who had previously served as chairman in one of the metro counties.

I know both men and took no part in the fight.

By way of disclosure, however, I should say that the challenger served with me as vice chair when I was chairman of a county party in Colorado. He is a long-time political ally and someone I consider a close friend.

Call, on the other hand was always helpful to me, and generous with his time for the county party.

Thus, I had rooting interest in the campaign, but took no other interest until around Wednesday of last week.

In general, I try to stay out of state and local politics, especially within the GOP. It’s really no fun for me to get involved in party politics generally. The party runs itself just fine, I figure, with no input from me. After the 2010 disaster in Colorado, I have, for the most part, said “adios” to state party comings and goings.    

Besides, it’s so much more fun taking on Obama and the liberals than arguing about obscure bylaws, resolutions and badge fees while the Colorado GOP suffers from one embarrassment after another.

On Wednesday, however, I got an email from someone that contained what was represented as a letter from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation detailing GOP chairman Ryan Call’s arrest in Idaho Springs, Colorado as a fugitive in 2011- just months after he was elected chairman.

This arrest had not been previously reported in the news media…after almost two years.

Call, an attorney, it seems, failed to appear in court after a string of tickets for speeding.  He was driving on a suspended license at the time of his arrest. 

I was suspicious at the authenticity of the letter- come on, I told others, how does this escape detection after two years?- but the Colorado Statesman, a local publication that caters to Colorado politicos, later confirmed the facts of the case.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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