Repub­li­can was can­di­date in 2016 bid for U.S. Se­nate

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Jesse Paul

Dar­ryl Glenn of­fi­cially jumps into the race to un­seat six-term in­cum­bent U.S. Rep. Doug Lam­born, say­ing he will tackle the is­sues and carry over the themes from his failed cam­paign for U.S. Se­nate. »

Dar­ryl Glenn on Mon­day of­fi­cially jumped into the race to un­seat six-term in­cum­bent U.S. Rep. Doug Lam­born, say­ing he will tackle the is­sues and carry over the themes from his failed cam­paign for U.S. Se­nate last year.

“When you spend al­most two years out talk­ing to peo­ple, pray­ing with them and re­ally finding out some of those tough is­sues that are im­pact­ing them, it makes a last­ing im­pres­sion on you,” the Repub­li­can said in an in­ter­view with The Den­ver Post last week. “I re­mem­ber at the end of the cam­paign I wanted to con­tinue fight­ing for that.”

Glenn said he is concerned with the di­rec­tion of pol­i­tics in Colorado and across the na­tion, where lead­ers “are still in elec­tion mode.” He said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into ties be­tween the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion and Rus­sia is dis­tract­ing from the is­sues he would like to see ad­dressed — such as the high cost of hous­ing, the opi­oid cri­sis and jobs.

“There’s go­ing to be an in­ves­ti­ga­tion go­ing on and (let’s) let that play out. When there’s a con­clu­sion on that, then deal with it,” he said. “… We’re liv­ing in this re­al­ity show, and it’s about po­lit­i­cal pos­tur­ing for the next elec­tion. That’s not OK with me. We need to do bet­ter.”

He said he is un­happy with the work to re­peal and re­place Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s Af­ford­able Care Act, ar­gu­ing that Democrats and Repub­li­cans should work to­gether to fix the na­tion’s health care sys­tem.

“Like any­thing, I re­mem­ber who I work for,” he said. “You work for the peo­ple who sent you to of­fice. You have to have enough con­vic­tion to stand for some­thing. It doesn’t mat­ter if it’s the op­pos­ing party or your own party.”

Glenn joins state Sen. Owen Hill — another Repub­li­can — in chal­leng­ing Lam­born for the 5th Con­gres­sional District seat, which cov­ers El Paso and Teller coun­ties. Lam­born has been able to fend off other ef­forts by fel­low Repub­li­cans to un­seat him. The district is heav­ily con­ser­va­tive, mean­ing who­ever wins the GOP pri­mary will al­most surely take the seat.

A spokesman for Lam­born said he isn’t fo­cused on his current ros­ter of chal­lengers.

“The Con­gress­man just com­pleted work on nu­mer­ous pol­icy amend­ments to the Na­tional De­fense Autho­riza­tion Act ahead of its strong, bi­par­ti­san pas­sage,” Lam­born’s spokesman, Jarred Rego, said in a writ­ten state­ment. “His fo­cus is on po­lices that strengthen our na­tional se­cu­rity needs and pro­tect and grow our lo­cal military mis­sions, not on the am­bi­tions of lo­cal politi­cians.”

Glenn de­clined to crit­i­cize his op­po­nent, say­ing “I have noth­ing neg­a­tive to say about Con­gress­man Lam­born” but that he has “the best so­lu­tions to be able to bring those is­sues for­ward.”

Glenn emerged from a frac­tious GOP con­test as a sur­prise Repub­li­can nom­i­nee in the 2016 U.S. Se­nate race against Demo­crat Michael Ben­net af­ter most big-name Repub­li­cans took a pass on the race. He went on to lose to Ben­net af­ter re­ceiv­ing lit­tle help from the na­tional Repub­li­can Party and once call­ing Democrats “evil.”

“We could have won that race,” he said his in­ter­view with The Post.

“We are go­ing to con­tinue that same method­ol­ogy,” Glenn said. “We’re go­ing to con­tinue to bring the peo­ple’s cam­paign for­ward. This is not about neg­a­tive cam­paign­ing. This is not about what Con­gress­man Lam­born has done wrong or any­body else.”

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