As loyal readers know, after nearly every election I write about what went down, occasionally with some behind-the-scenes info. Since I’ve now moved out of Longmont, alas, this will be the last. To the knuckleheads who think this or previous elections had anything to do with us moving, well, you’re a moron to think so. But I’ll get to that in another post.
We didn’t get involved in this election cycle other than a Times-Call Open Forum letter, and some tweets here and there. For the first time since moving to Longmont we didn’t even display any yard signs, mainly because our house was for sale (and sold) before the election. It wasn’t because we didn’t believe in any of the candidates, just too busy and looking toward the future. Not being involved kept us out of the loop of what was going on on the ground, which was different.
In this race, as in all the others, the people running that I support are friends first and politicians, candidates, and elected officials second. The challenge in this race would be for Bryan Baum to siphon away votes from Dennis Coombs, as they both got around 10,000 votes in 2011. Getting votes for yourself is one thing, making someone actively change how they voted 2 short years ago is something else entirely. Bryan Baum matched his 2011 vote totals, which is still some of the highest vote totals for any mayoral race in Longmont.
Problem is Dennis Coombs added about 4,000 votes to his totals. That’s quite a percentage increase in only two years, a jump that’s nearly unprecedented in Longmont elections, which of course should raise some flags or at least some questions. I’ll address this a little further down in this article.
GOP/Republican effect, or lack thereof
This could fill an entire post or two, but I’ll touch on it here. I don’t do “tell-alls”, but if I did it could fill a book. I’m pretty much persona-non-grata with the “old guard” or whatever you want to call them. Many are pretty much big business RINO’s, whom I have nothing in common with. Many people may not know, but they threw Bryan Baum under the bus a couple weeks before the 2009 election – the election he won. I liked his independent, and at times fiery, spirit – they apparently didn’t. Some people like candidates they can control, I put someones principles above personality.
These same people probably didn’t like it when other candidates (in ’09 and this year) didn’t want their “help”. They probably didn’t like me much for telling a particular candidate to refuse their “help” and money, as we brought in huge sums from small donors and beat someone they said was unbeatable. Most of you on both sides of politics here probably know what I’m talking about, I don’t need to get too specific. Let’s just say I’m not a fan of groups or organizations as there’s usually a loose cannon that will make you all look stupid, or your own comments don’t pass the collective smell test. That doesn’t work for a person like me that doesn’t just “go along to get along”.
But back to principles. Nobody, and I mean nobody, can call themselves a conservative or Republican and vote for someone like Dennis Coombs. Just a quick read of my Times-Call piece tells any non-liberal/progressive all they need to know about him. It’s one thing to have a personal issue with Bryan Baum, but to actually fill in the box for Coombs is inexcusable.
Considering the 4,000 vote spread, it appears that some of the people above either didn’t vote at all in that race or actually voted for Coombs. But again, it could be something else. Like what? In a word, race.
In a Longmont Matters radio show after the election, the host talked of a “friend” of his who was going around telling people that Bryan Baum was a racist. This Hispanic fellow couldn’t back it up of course, but did it nonetheless. I had heard rumors that the local Democrats were hitting the Hispanic population hard, and that large sleeping giant of a demographic could easily explain Dennis Coombs’ victory, especially with his support of “dreamers”.
I’ve never liked “identity politics” like this. Speaking of which, I was asked to do as such for the Romney ’12 campaign, which I politely turned down. If any of you fellow Hispanics are reading this (a term I dislike, by the way), just know you are pawns in the liberal/progressive’s power play – that’s it. They don’t care about you or your problems, and I’ve never understood why any of you would vote for these people. It’s an argument I’ve had for decades, usually with my own extended family members. But alas, some people like something for nothing.
I believe these same kind of identity politics helped in the At-Large and Ward 2 race. How a blithering idiot like Polly “Progressive” Christensen (which was proven before and after the election) and a nobody like Jeff Moore could win like they did against obviously more qualified candidates has no other explanation. It doesn’t matter if the majority may have swung more progressive, what matters is who’s best for the job. These two aren’t it.
But you know what, I don’t really care as I’ll be laughing from across the county line.