After announcing her move from Colorado’s 3rd to 4th Congressional District, Boebert has blamed “Hollywood elites” like Ryan Reynolds and Barbra Streisand for her decision.
Streisand and Reynolds support Frisch
According to Boebert, who spoke about the reasoning behind her move on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast, Streisand and Reynolds donated $1,000 and $1,500 to Adam Frisch’s campaign, respectively.
Is Boebert scapegoating Hollywood?
Even though the donations make up a tiny fraction of Frisch’s $7.7 million campaign fund, the Republican congresswoman implied that “Hollywood elites” were sabotaging her election efforts, stating that “Hollywood is trying to buy their way into Congress.”
Boebert fails to raise funds
By comparison, Boebert had managed to raise $2.4 million—a significantly smaller sum than her Democratic counterpart. Many Boebert critics see the congresswoman’s remarks as a misguided attempt to explain the disparity.
A strategic move
However, the Republican appears to be swiftly adapting to her change in plans, stating that her decision to switch districts will “defend and advance conservative principles.”
Boebert attacks ‘Hollywood elites’
“We need a strong voice there, and we have to shut down the Hollywood elites who are trying to buy my current seat,” Boebert continued, addressing former Donald Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon.
Shots fired at Streisand and Reynolds
Doubling down on her criticism of the Hollywood celebs, Boebert declared, “It’s coming from Hollywood when you have Barbra Streisand coming in and donating to the Democrat, when you have Ryan Reynolds coming in and donating to the Democrat.”
Ken Buck unhappy with Republican lies
According to the Cook Political Report, Colorado’s 4th Congressional District, which Boebert is moving into, is primarily Republican. Republican Ken Buck, the district’s outgoing representative, will not be re-running for the seat, citing his party members’ lies about the 2020 election being stolen as a major factor in his decision.
A difficult year for Boebert
Boebert’s personal circumstances also factored into her decision to switch districts. According to the congresswoman, 2023 had been a “difficult year” for her and her family, as she divorced the father of her four children.
The right decision for Colorado?
In an initial video announcement about her district switch, Boebert said, “It is the right decision for me personally, and it is the right decision for those who support our conservative movement. This is the right decision for Colorado, for us.”
Padora was shocked by Boebert’s entrance
John Padora, a Colorado Democrat competing with Boebert for the seat, told CBS News, “Never in a million years, when I committed to this race, would I have anticipated running against Lauren Boebert.”
Odds in Boebert’s favor
“I think Boebert has a very good chance of winning the primary because she is very well-liked in the MAGA circles and those folks come out and vote in the primary,” Padora continued.
Holtorf blasts Boebert
However, the far-right Republican has also received her fair share of criticism for the decision. In a statement posted on X, Colorado State Representative Richard Holtorf said, “Seat shopping isn’t something the voters look kindly upon. If you can’t win in your home, you can’t win here.”