The 2016 Elections
“Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing” is a quote long attributed to UCLA football coach Henry Russell “Red” Sanders, and the 2016 elections proved just that.
In 2016, Donald Trump pulled off one of the greatest political upsets of all time.
With him be brought the type of campaign and marketing that make P.T. Barnum and Teddy Roosevelt look soft-spoken.
At the same time Mike Coffman stared the political grim reaper in the eye and once again survived November unscathed.
Regardless of how you feel about Trump or Coffman, they showed that hard work wins elections.
Yet in a year of political ups and downs, Darryl Glenn started at the bottom and got nowhere.
Where Donald Trump flew to battleground states and argued for his vision of America, Mike Coffman hit the streets talking to voters and winning their votes.
Where even the Senate Republicans fought the good fight and held onto their single-seat majority, Darryl Glenn remained all but invisible.
Now, almost a year later, with Darryl Glenn jumping head-first into the Congressional primary against sitting Representative Doug Lamborn and Owen Hill, it’s important to look back on why Darryl Glenn lost his Senate campaign.
There’s quite about you can say about Darryl Glenn’s loss. Even now, looking back makes it all seem crazy and cartoon-like.
Did Glenn Lie on the Campaign Trail?
Just mere hours after Glenn handedly won the Republican nomination, the campaign was plague by one gaffe after another as stories about Glenn’s past assault charge started to emerge.
At first Glenn denied he ever went to jail.
Within 48 hours he changed his story to blame somebody with the same name, then his brother, and the DNC.
It seemed like everybody was to blame but Glenn.
So it came as no surprised that ultimately he laid blame to his father with a story that just didn’t pass the smell test.
It wasn’t just that his story seemed fishy. It seems very unlikely that somebody would forget going to jail.
As I was soon to find out, half-truths and the blame game were seemingly the norm for Darryl Glenn.
After hearing about his announcement this week, I reached out to numerous donor and political consultants around Colorado about Glenn.
Not surprisingly many thought Glenn himself cost Republicans the Senate on the sole issue that Darryl Glenn refused to put in the work and simply couldn’t be trusted.
One donor stated on a condition of anonymity, “I remember after the primary Darryl Glenn had told Kyle Clark that his fundraising was going well… Darryl told me the exact same thing… then a couple of weeks later the news said the campaign was $200,000 in debt.” The donor continued, “After that Darryl Glenn claimed he forgot about his night in jail and kept changing his position on Trump almost daily… I felt like he was never honest with me.”
That was only one of numerous stories I was told by people who still feel a bad taste in their mouth about Darryl Glenn.
Who am I to argue with them?
For months after Cory Gardner won his U.S. Senate seat the RNC was practically foaming at the mouth to take out Michael Bennet. They went so far as to state it publicly.
Yet after months of being lied to, after dealing with a campaign that refused to make fundraising a priority, the story amongst the political consultants I talked to is that Darryl Glenn is too lazy and too dishonest to work with.
in a game where winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing… in a game where redistricting and the future of Colorado is on the line… in a game where hard work and honesty are valued, Colorado and the Republican Party deserve better than Darryl Glenn.
For the people of the fifth Congressional district, you deserve better as well.