Local officials to be at Trump rally
Commissioner Pugliese, Sen. Ray Scott to attend event at West Star
One of the three Mesa County commissioners and a state senator will attend the rally on Tuesday for Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump.
Commission Chairwoman Rose Pugliese will attend the rally at West Star Aviation, she said.
“Mesa County residents have always had the ability to hear directly from presidential candidates and I hope to have the opportunity to talk to Mr. Trump about Mesa County’s economic challenges and opportunities,” Pugliese said in an email.
Commissioners John Justman and Scott McInnis both said they had engagements that would keep them from attending the rally on Tuesday, but otherwise would have been there. The rally is at 3 p.m. Gates open at noon.
All the Mesa County commissioners and its delegation to the Legislature are Republicans. Pugliese and Justman are on the ballot with Trump this year as they each seek second terms.
“Don’t let my absence mislead you, I’m a strong supporter of Trump,” McInnis said. “One look at the Supreme Court” and the nominations likely to be made by Hillary Clinton as president are enough for him, McInnis said. “I can’t stomach it.”
He, however, is to be on a trip to California when Trump rallies in Grand Junction, McInnis said.
Justman will attend a meeting of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, he said.
“I’d probably be there if not for that River District thing,” Justman said.
State Sen. Ray Scott is chairman for the Mesa County Trump campaign.
State Rep. Dan Thurlow, R-Grand Junction, also won’t attend. Instead, he will be “working diligently to support Colorado Republican State House candidates in their races. I think my efforts will be best spent in trying to win a majority in the House” by walking precincts in La Plata County and several Front Range districts. “I don’t plan to spend the next couple of weeks caught up in what essentially has turned into a two party circus.”
State Rep. Yeulin Willett, Republican from House District 54, said by email Friday that he will be in Denver on Tuesday when Trump visits.
Trump’s rally at West Star is the third by Republicans involved in presidential races.
Vice President Dick Cheney spoke there in 2004 in a winning campaign and GOP nominee John McCain spoke on Election Day in 2008 in a campaign in which he lost.
Trump is to rally in Colorado Springs before the Grand Junction appearance, after which he is to leave for Las Vegas, before a third and final face-to-face debate with Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton on Wednesday.
Tickets for Trump’s Grand Junction appearance can be obtained at DonaldJTrump.com.