Conservative group backs Tipton for U.S. House
The Western Slope Conservative Alliance endorsed Cortez Republican Scott Tipton in the 3rd Congressional District.
The endorsement runs counter to that of another tea-party-related organization, GJResult.com, which endorsed Steamboat Springs Republican Bob McConnell in the race.
McConnell and Tipton are vying for the right to run against the incumbent, U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., in the November general election.
The alliance board cited Tipton’s background as a small-business owner with deep roots in the 3rd Congressional District, which includes most of the Western Slope and southern Colorado.
Tipton “is exactly the type of candidate we need to represent us in Washington and he clearly meets our objective of electing more conservative people to political offices,” the alliance board said.
The alliance includes representatives of the Two Rivers 9.12 organization, Republican groups, the Pro-Second Amendment Committee and at-large members.
The alliance board emphasized that it was speaking for itself and not the membership.
Democrats and Republicans will meet today in precinct caucuses to begin the process of determining which candidates will appear on primary and, eventually, general-election ballots.
McConnell said in an e-mail that he wished his position on health-care reform had been more clear and maintained he was the better candidate.
“The key thing now is that the Tea Parties and the Republican party pull together behind the candidate who can defeat Salazar in November,” McConnell said.