Circus in a regent race

Primary election battles over the opportunity to serve on the University of Colorado Board of Regents don’t usually offer much political drama or generate a great deal of media coverage. But Matt Arnold, one of two Republicans seeking the party’s nomination for an at-large seat on the Board of Regents, has found a means of keeping his name continually in the news.

Unfortunately for Arnold, it has rarely been good news.

This week, the Associated Press reported that Arnold was forced to remove from his website personal information about his opponent and opponent’s supporters, including home addresses for some. The removal came afterArnold’s GOP opponent, Bruce Davidson, called authorities about the website.

That’s relatively minor for Arnold. Last week, he admitted to falsely telling voters he had a master’s degree when he doesn’t. He compounded that mistake by saying — even as he is running for one of the most important academic posts in the state — that advanced degrees are “academic BS that no one cares about.”

Prior to that, Arnold got in trouble with his party by sending out emails that made it appear Republican leaders were endorsing Arnold over Davidson.

In a year when there are no other statewide primary election contests, Arnold’s antics have drawn more news coverage than they might in other years. We’ll leave it to Republican voters to decide how important his missteps have been.


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