Colorado Republican Representative Lauren Boebert recently announced that she will run for the state’s most conservative district. The switch will see her avoid a rematch against Adam Frisch, which she barely won in 2022. Her decision was panned by Frisch and Republicans alike.
Two-term representative Boebert said she would not seek re-election in the 3rd Congressional District but would focus her efforts on the other side of Colorado: the 4th Congressional District.
“Today I’m announcing my candidacy for the 2024 Republican nomination to represent Colorado’s 4th Congressional District,” the gun rights advocate said in a Facebook video. “It’s the right move for me personally and it’s the right decision for those who support our conservative movement.”
Boebert defends her switch
Boebert enters a crowded GOP primary in retiring Representative Ken Buck’s eastern seat. She said it was a difficult decision: “A lot of prayer, a lot of tough conversations, and a lot of perspective have convinced me this is the best way I can continue to fight for Colorado.”
Seeing out her term
The hard-right conservative said she would move to the 4th District in 2024 and continue representing the Western Slope and Southern Colorado for the remainder of her term.
Helping the party
In her message, Boebert alluded to the difficult re-election race in the 3rd District and implied her departure would help Republicans retain the seat. “I will not allow dark money that is directed at destroying me personally to steal this seat. It’s not fair to the 3rd District and the conservatives there who have fought so hard for our victories.”
“The Aspen donors, George Soros and Hollywood actors that are trying to buy this seat, well they can go pound sand,” she said.
2023 was a tough year
Boebert called the switch a “fresh start,” acknowledging the difficult year following her divorce from her husband and a video of her misbehaving at a Denver performance of the musical “Beetlejuice.”
The scandal shocked some of her faithful supporters, who saw it as a transgression of Christian, conservative values. She apologized for her behavior at events throughout her district.
Boebert narrowly won re-election in the 2022 midterms, beating Democrat Adam Frisch by just 546 votes in the 3rd District. It was the closest congressional race of the year. Frisch, a former Aspen City council member, is running again and has raised at least $7.7 million to Boebert’s $2.4 million. Democrats made her seat a major pick-up target for 2024.
Frisch attracts bipartisan support
Frisch’s 2022 campaign was supported in the conservative district by unaffiliated voters and Republicans who defected over Boebert’s Trumpian style of politics. In the 2024 election, Frisch’s campaign revived the slogan “stop the circus” and framed him as the “pro-normal” alternative to Boebert’s more extreme politics.
With Boebert dropping out of the race in the 3rd, it will likely be a tougher match for Frisch. But he said he’s prepared for whoever is chosen as the GOP candidate. “From Day 1 of this race, I have been squarely focused on defending rural Colorado’s way of life, and offering common sense solutions to the problems facing the families of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District,” he said. “My focus will remain the same.”
Boebert also faced a strong Republican primary challenger in the 3rd District. Jeff Hurd, a more traditional Republican, has enjoyed significant endorsements and said in a recent statement, “We have the support of elected and previously elected Republicans all over the state and the district, and I will fight every day to ensure this seat stays in Republican hands.”
“Colorado’s 4th district is hungry for an unapologetic defender of freedom, with a proven track record of standing strong for conservative principles,” Boebert said. A number of Republicans have already entered the primary for the seat, including Deborah Flora and Richard Holtorf.
Go home, Boebert
State lawmaker Holtorf criticized Boebert’s decision as “carpetbagging.” “Seat shopping isn’t something the voters look kindly upon. If you can’t win in your home, you can’t win here,” he said in a statement.