Mesa County Republicans speak out on Jared Wright

By: KKCO 11 News Email
By: KKCO 11 News Email

The Mesa County Republicans are addressing where they stand with House District 54 candidate Jared Wright. Some around the Valley are questioning the Republican candidate after details of his work and personal life came to light.

The statement reads:

"Like many in the room, the Board has been wrestling with the issue of Jared Wright as the Republican candidate for HD54.

Fundamentally, we need to remember the candidacy of Jared Wright is the result of three elections.

The first occurred when neighborhood caucuses elected HD54 delegates.
The second occurred when Jared Wright won an overwhelming majority at the HD54 convention.
The third occurred when Jared Wright won the primary election.

The Mesa County Republican Party, the Delta County Republican Party and the HD54 Central Committee can NOT overturn the results of these elections.

Jared Wright won his elections and won them with wide margins.

Jared Wright IS the Republican candidate for HD54.

At this point, it is up to Jared Wright to decide if he wants to continue his campaign or step aside.

That being said, most of us were unpleasantly surprised when details of Mr. Wright's work record and personal bankruptcy became public.

It is unfortunate the voters did not have this information BEFORE the elections took place.

As a result, we find ourselves with a candidate working to restore his credibility.

If Jared Wright opts to stay in, he IS the Republican candidate for HD54.

The Mesa County Republican Party is obligated to recognize him as such.

To be clear, your Executive Board will not second-guess the voters of HD54.

However, it is Mr. Wright’s responsibility to address questions about his character.

He needs to reconnect with Voters, the Republican Party and your Executive Board.

Jared also needs to convey a solid case for his political and legislative vision.

For the message to be heard, we call on the media to dial-down the heated rhetoric.

Voters, Party members and the Executive Board will be listening very closely.

The November election is critically important for America, Colorado and Mesa County.

We hope media attention focused on Mr. Wright will not divert attention from our outstanding Republican candidates seeking other offices.

We are confident Mesa County Republicans will stay focused on issues and substance.

We are confident Mesa County Republicans will continue to support their party.

And, we are confident of a Republican Victory on November 6.”

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2012 at 06:49 AM
    The liberals have very little respect for the rule of law. When the people vote against their liberal policies, they ignore the vote and do what they want.
  • by Mary Location: Grand Junction on Aug 20, 2012 at 02:28 PM
    Mr. Wright, please, step down. It simply doesn't look good.
  • by Scott Location: Grand Junction on Aug 20, 2012 at 02:19 PM
    You can only* say so much before you start to look absolutely ridiculous!
  • by Scott Location: Grand Junction on Aug 20, 2012 at 02:09 PM
    American Patriot, How much time a day do you spend on these local article comment sections?? Get a life and do something better with your time than write mini story comments! You can say so much before you start to look absolutely ridiculous! GET A LIFE CHUCK!!!!
  • by rome burns on Aug 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM
    I am marching lockstep with the party! I question no one's morals or ethics as long as they belong to the party that I march lockstep with, be they democrats or republicans, I will not question anything they say as long as they fly the broken flag that I support!
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      by Give 'em a chance on Aug 20, 2012 at 01:37 AM in reply to rome burns
      The founding fathers designed to two party system so independent like you couldn't destroy our democracy. Somebody has to take control and be the adult in the room. They knew exactly what it would take for all to come together in unity and not let independents hijack.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2012 at 02:59 PM in reply to Give 'em a chance
        those darn federalist diests!
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        by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2012 at 03:00 PM in reply to Give 'em a chance
        In fact, the Founding Fathers warned us about the threat from a two party system.
  • by AmericanPatriot. on Aug 18, 2012 at 08:21 PM
    The real question is; give him a chance to do what? Manage taxpayer money like it was his own; or maybe like it was someone else’s in much the same way he managed not to pay back borrowed money? But what if it wasn’t him who was obligated to pay the money back? What if it was the taxpayers who were obligated to repay the loan? Would that make him more or less frugal? Give him a chance to tell the truth? Now he’s had several of those. How’d that work out? Maybe we should give him a chance to malinger on the taxpayer’s time? He’s been there, done that; repeatedly. Maybe we should give him a chance to falsify government records? Maybe you think he should have a chance at redemption? But don’t we just offer redemption after a person admits their guilt, makes restitution and asks for forgiveness? Maybe we shouldn’t put the cart before the horse? Doesn’t compassion work better when it follows justice? Shouldn’t we have higher expectations from those we charge to guard our liberty and preserve, protect and defend our Constitution? And if we don’t, what then should be expect; by consent of the governed? Vote wisely that you might be privileged to be a citizen and not a subject.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2012 at 02:06 AM in reply to AmericanPatriot.
      The government should be able to spend what they need to take care of the public. It's their money, they can just make more - problem solved. Better than rich people like Romney hoarding it all and not paying taxes for 10 years. Four more years!
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        by Disgusted on Aug 19, 2012 at 04:39 AM in reply to Anonymous
        Please research the term "fiat currency" and the time period in history that led to the fall of the Weirmar republic and then explain how it is a good thing for the leviathan to "just make more." Thanks so much!
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        by Seriously on Aug 19, 2012 at 06:07 AM in reply to Anonymous
        Whaaat, you've got to be kidding me. The government should spend what it needs, it,s their money. If they can just make as much as they need to take care of all of us, why do we pay taxes and why do we borrow any money from countries like China and Japan? Why don't they print even more and make all of us gazillionaires? Why Mr. Anon. Tell us why? ( why am I not surprised that anon. Is voting for 4 more years.)
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        by AmericanPatriot. on Aug 19, 2012 at 06:18 AM in reply to Anonymous
        Anonymous is no doubt a proponent of the “Obama stash”, drive it like it was stolen, economic theory. But where did all of that printed bail out money go? To the banks of course and to the non-free market viable, renewable energy sector who promptly took the money and then went belly up. It was Obama’s version of trickle down prosperity that has only succeeded in prolonging and deepening the current recession. But anonymous almost got it right. There is the largest disparity between the rich and the poor today that there has ever been. We remain in recession because artificially high energy and food prices were implemented by this administration in a failed effort to create a market for renewable energy that the working class simply cannot afford. Thanks in a great part to the last Bush administration and even to a greater extent by the Obama administration we have reached a point where corporate America (and for that matter the world) can no longer support our current standard of living. Interpreted, that means that the working class have essentially lost disposable income and at least 30% of their life’s accumulated wealth in the decline of home values. What is wrong with our economy is that there is no money coming from the bottom and none trickling down from the top. And there is no fix in sight. The only thing in abundance (furnished by our government) is partisan political paralysis and the stagnation inherent to that power struggle. If election of either political party were the answer to the problem, then there would be no problem because both parties have held power for several generations now. How’s that working out for you? Partisan government is not the solution. It is the genesis of the problem.
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        by What!? on Aug 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM in reply to Anonymous
        Your kidding right? You do know that the currency has to be backed by something right? WE don't have the gold to back money that is just printed! You should be ashamed of yourself, and furthermore ashamed for the rest of the Obama supporters if they are as uneducated as you!
  • by So true on Aug 18, 2012 at 05:05 PM
    Hey Give ''em a chance (the poseur), can you tell me where the "lie" is? I read the transcripts in full, and I saw where the chief "believed" Wright may have lied, but in the transcripts, Wright fully admits to being late. Also, there are many (and far worse) stories about MC electeds that never seem to make it to print. Maybe in your self-righteousness, you would be pristine enough to run for office.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2012 at 02:02 AM in reply to So true
      I'm not concerned with him lying on police reports. Sometimes cops "gotta do what they gotta do." Look at the lowlifes they have to deal with. They should do what they have to and just keep it under wraps. The public doesn't need to know.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2012 at 03:47 AM in reply to Anonymous
        You got that right. His issues with the police dept. are a non factor with me. Too much bs going on there.
  • by Give 'em a chance on Aug 18, 2012 at 09:50 AM
    I'm not concerned with his lying on official police reports. Lots of people declare bankruptcy. I'll take the skeletons in his closet over unknown skeletons covered up by the power brokers anyday. These are just vocal liberals with concerns. Let's give the young man a chance.
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      by AmericanPatriot. on Aug 18, 2012 at 03:50 PM in reply to Give 'em a chance
      Would those vocal liberals expressing their concerns include Ruth Ehlers, chairperson of the Mesa County Republican Party, Sheriff Stan Hilkey, Gary Bailey and their liberal ilk? Maybe Wright should step down. Obviously he couldn’t win with all those voting liberals expressing their concern. But it was nice hearing from you again Commissioner Meis.
  • by justice2 Location: gj on Aug 18, 2012 at 07:01 AM
    The people of Fruita should be taking a close look at their police chief and investigate his behavior. Grand Junction should do the same with their corrupt police chief.
  • by Give 'em a chance on Aug 18, 2012 at 06:53 AM
    The bitter personal attacks are being driven by a vocal minority that want to undo the election. I am gonna give him a chance and see how he votes as a Representative. He obviously doesn't owe the power brokers in this corrupt community a thing - or we still wouldn't know about his past. The insiders politicians have so many skeletons their luncheons look like a bone yard - but the voter will never know.
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