GOP sets up ‘Send Salazar Packing’ tour

A group of Grand Junction Republicans with tea party ties will spend the Memorial Day weekend on a “Send Salazar Packing” tour across the West Slope.

The idea is to generate opposition to U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., who is seeking his fourth term in the House.

Two Republicans, Bob McConnell of Steamboat Springs and Scott Tipton of Cortez, are in a primary election for the GOP nomination in the race.

“We will be promoting voter registration and enlightening the public to Salazar’s voting record which is NOT representative” of the district, organizer Jennifer Bailey said in an e-mail.

The tour will start at 10 a.m. Friday at the Alpine Bank building in downtown Grand Junction and stop in Montrose for a rally at Venture Way and Townsend Avenue. Rallies also are set for 10 a.m. Saturday in Cortez and 2:30 in Durango and 5 p.m. in Bayfield.

The final rally is to be at noon Sunday in Alamosa.

A spokesman for Salazar said his campaign had no comment on the tour.

Bailey said she didn’t know how many people would join in the tour, which begins Friday and is to end up Sunday in Alamosa.

The tour website,, however, “is getting hit like crazy,” Bailey said.


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