Tipton has GOP challenger
A Mesa County man who fell short in his bid for the Colorado Legislature in 2010 will make a bid for the job now held by fellow Republican Scott Tipton in the 3rd Congressional district.
A Pueblo woman, Tisha Casida, who identifies herself as a “blue Republican,” is running as an unaffiliated candidate.
No Democrat has announced a bid for the post.
Peach grower David Cox, described as a longtime Republican activist, is to make a formal announcement of his bid at 1 p.m. Saturday in front of the old Mesa County courthouse.
Cox had not filed candidacy papers with the Federal Election Commission as of Thursday.
Tipton, however, has $557,000 on hand for this election, should he seek election to a third term, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Casida has $1,433 on hand, according to reports.
Cox, in an emailed announcement, said he was running to “end the corruption of our federal government and return to state-focused and controlled Constitutional government.”
Colorado voters “must send a representative to Washington, D.C., who will demand that our Constitution be respected so that the prosperous and free society we enjoy will be renewed and strengthened.”
The possibility of an intraparty fight earned a scoff from Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call, who said that “as far as I can tell, the last time he put his name forward in a Republican primary he received nine votes out of 100 votes cast in a party nominating assembly, and didn’t even make the Republican primary ballot.”
That was in 2010, when Cox was one of three candidates for the open House District 54 seat.
Prosecutors previously had dismissed a summons issued to Cox of possession of a handgun while under the influence of alcohol after a traffic stop.
Cox, who is associated with Second Amendment issues, has appeared at public events openly carrying a holstered handgun, which is legal in most Colorado localities.
In Congress, he said he would work with like-minded representatives to pursue “the careful process of eliminating the massive cronyism and criminality at work in our Capital as we move America forward with equality under law, individual responsibility, fidelity of contract and respect for private property — the foundation that has given us the opportunity to live free and prosper.”