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How a Real 'Pistol Packin' Mama' Upset Rep. Tipton in Colorado's Primary

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Owner Lauren Boebert poses for a portrait at Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado on April 24, 2018. (Emily Kask/Getty Images)

By Wednesday, 01 July 2020 06:09 AM Current | Bio | Archive

From Denver to Washington, D.C., the punditocracy was up late Tuesday night trying to figure out how Lauren Boebert — a self-styled “constitutional conservative” and pistol-packing owner of the Shooters Grill restaurant — upset five-term Republican Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado’s 3rd District.

With near-final results in, Boebert, a first-time candidate, rolled up 55% of the vote against Tipton. A reliable conservative and supporter of President Donald Trump, Tipton ran with the president’s endorsement.

But Boebert, 33 and a mother of four, repeatedly questioned whether Tipton was truly committed to the Trump agenda despite his presidential appointment.

Specifically, the insurgent candidate criticized Tipton’s support of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill known as the CARES Act and the Farm Workers Modernization Act, a measure to give foreign workers already in the U.S. agriculture sector the ability to request 5-year work visas for themselves and their families.

Underscoring Boebert’s credentials as an opponent of illegal immigration was her endorsement from the Centennial State’s former Rep. Tom Tancredo, a nationally-known immigration hawk.

“I dearly love this president,” Boebert declared, questioning whether Trump was completely briefed on Tipton’s record.

But it was Boebert’s contrarian persona and championship of the Second Amendment that most motivated activists to support her. Shooters Grill, which is known for its display of rifles, reopened in May despite orders from the state to stay closed during the pandemic.

When Boebert defied a resulting cease-and-desist order from Garfield County, her food license was suspended.

Almost always wearing a sidearm, Boebert drew swatches of publicity last year for calling down then-Democratic Party presidential primary candidate Beto O’Rourke for his strong support of gun control measures.

“I’m five feet tall and weigh 100 pounds,” Boebert told O’Rourke at a town meeting, underscoring that she was unlikely to be able to defend herself in a fight and thus had to count on a firearm if assaulted.

Like Trump, Boebert is not adverse to conspiracy theories and has publicly discussed the alleged “deep state” conspiracy against the president known as QAnon.

As much as Boebert motivated eager cadres of volunteers from the ranks of libertarians, gun-owners, and opponents of illegal immigration, her win might also be the result of overconfidence on the part of Tipton. Several sources told Newsmax he ran no advertising.

Although the 3rd District gave Trump a healthy 56% to 44% edge in 2016, Boebert is likely to face a strong fall contest with Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush. A former state legislator, Routt County commissioner, and professor, Mitsch Bush, 70, held Tipton to an unusually weak 54% of the vote in 2018.

When national pundits and political “experts” are through analyzing Lauren Boebert’s win Tuesday, they are certain to pay close attention to what is sure to be one of the most hard-fought races for anything in the fall.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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