In a remarkable show of common sense unusual in a Mesa County Republican, County Commissioner Cody Davis yesterday posted on his Facebook page that “I can no longer support Lauren Boebert for Congress, and here’s why. Our voters in Mesa County and along the West Slope deserve leaders and representatives who uphold our values.”
He continued, “How can I criticize Democrats for their moral shortcomings if I’m blind to the shortcomings of my own side?”
Okay, great, Cody. Better late than never to emerge as the most rational member of the Board of Mesa County Commissioners.
But it’s worth noting that Commissioner Davis didn’t yank his support for Boebert last July after she trashed a lapel pin representing a child massacred at the Robb Elementary School mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
He didn’t pull his support for her after she lied to her constituents about missing the debt ceiling vote last June.
He didn’t criticize Boebert after she mocked the tragic death of a young woman who was accidentally killed on a movie set by Alec Baldwin with a prop gun that had been loaded with a live round instead of a blank.
Davis didn’t speak up about Boebert’s behavior after she portrayed Western Colorado as a backwards, redneck hillbilly paradise on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, to the great embarrassment of western Colorado residents after Stephen Colbert broadcast it nationally.
Davis didn’t pull his support for Boebert after Kremlin state TV praised her for refusing to stand and acknowledge Ukrainian President Zelensky.
Davis didn’t disavow his support for her after she admitted that she didn’t know what “wanton killing” meant.
He didn’t yank his support for Boebert after she said banning assault weapons will make people eat dogs “because that’s what happened in Venezuela.”
Davis didn’t yank support for Boebert after she voted against a bill to re-authorize the U.S. to continue fighting human sex trafficking.
He didn’t denounce her after she voted against a bill to protect Americans’ right to contraceptives, or after she voted against a bill to help Americans access baby formula.
Davis didn’t say one word after Boebert declared she was “tired of this separation of church and state junk,” or after she touted “replacement theory,” the white supremacist conspiracy theory increasingly behind mass shootings, or after she lied and took credit for the achievements of Democrats.
Davis didn’t pull his support from Boebert after she was listed as a participant in the January 6 insurrection,
…or after she openly insulted Jews visiting the U.S. Capitol, or made homophobic comments about Transportation Secretary Pete Butigieg for taking parental leave to care for his prematurely-born newborn twins, or after she used a bigoted joke to disparage a Democratic colleague.
None of that — none of it — bothered Cody Davis enough to pull his support for her.
But her rude behavior at a theater was more than he could stand.
Word is Colorado House Rep. Rick Taggart (R), State Sen. Janice Rich (R), Rep. Matt Soper (R) and Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland (R) are all on the fence about whether or not to pull their support from Boebert, saying things like they’re “praying on what the right decision might be” or that Boebert “needs the ability to ask forgiveness and take ownership.”
Better late than never, Cody, for sure. But those of us who can grasp the totality of this situation can also see how very, very messed up the morals of Mesa County Republican elected officials really are.