Obama supporter sets caucus tone
Downtown Grand Junction Democrats were fired up for President Obama and some local races Tuesday night as they kicked off the 2012 campaign with precinct caucuses.
Nearly 20 Democrats in precincts 39 and 45 gathered at East Middle School with one of them, Tim Pace, setting the stage for the coming campaign.
Pace objected to the term “Obamacare” in local media stories and by Republicans discussing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Democrats should object to the term from Republicans who use it “because they don’t like our African-American president,” and reflect “racist, tea party” values, Pace said to applause from the group.
He urged Democrats to call Mike Huckabee, a 2008 Republican presidential candidate and now a Fox News personality who is raising money to oppose the legislation, and give a false name, then wait for a call back from a paid staffer. Instead of offering a contribution, Democrats should simply instruct the paid staffer that the term “Obamacare” is objectionable, Pace said.
“And you can do this all day,” Pace said.
Pace also had kind words for Fruita Mayor Ken Henry, a Republican seeking his party’s nomination in Mesa County Commissioner District 3, as well as for Sal Pace, the Pueblo Democrat looking to unseat Republican Scott Tipton in the 3rd Congressional District.
Bennett Boeschenstein, who chaired the caucus, said the recent drafting of new lines gives the Democrats an improved chance of capturing House District 55, which comprises the city of Grand Junction.
Republican Ray Scott will face Democrat Dan Robinson in the November election for District 55 and that bodes well for Democrats, Boeschenstein said.
“Ray Scott has kind of a phony address in the district,” Boeschenstein said.
Colorado Democrats caucused on the same day that Republicans in other states voted in Super Tuesday primaries,
Democrats can take heart in the extended battle in the GOP for the party’s presidential nomination.
“Republicans are tearing themselves apart, and that’s OK, but we’re together as Democrats,” Boeschenstein said.