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Republican AGs roll out big for Brauchler

Author: Joey Bunch - June 27, 2018 - Updated: June 27, 2018

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The champagne from Democrat Phil Weiser’s victory party had barely lost its fizz when the national Republican Attorneys General Association rolled out the tanks for George Brauchler Wednesday morning.

Brauchler, the district attorney for Arapahoe and surrounding counties, had no challenger in Tuesday’s GOP primary to succeed Republican Cynthia Coffman. Weiser fended off state Rep. Joe Salazar of Thornton in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Starting Wednesday, a mid-five-figure ad buy is putting RAGA’s “Protect” ad on cable channels in Denver, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, and Albuquerque, N.M. (for southern Colorado).

The ad is early to market so far out in front of the November general election, but the timing cashes in on the good spirit of Fourth of the July.

“George Brauchler, Lakewood native, husband and father,” says the ad’s narrator. “Fourth Infantry colonel. Today, a fearless prosecutor, protecting communities from crime. Now, George Brauchler is running for attorney general. Endorsed by sheriffs and prosecutors across Colorado, George Brauchler has a laser focus: keep our communities safe. George Brauchler: a father, a colonel, a fearless prosecutor. George Brauchler: he’ll keep our communities safe.”

RAGA is a powerful ally, largely credited with putting in the dollars that put Coffman in the job four years ago.

The ad sets up what’s expected to be the GOP talking point in the contest between Brauchler and Wiser, the former dean of the University of Colorado law school.

As Westword’s Nora Olabi noted in an article that posted Tuesday, Weiser has a paucity of courtroom experience. Brauchler has an ocean of it,.

“This is the first state where we’re doing some serious advertising and really rolled out for one of our candidates,” Scott Will, RAGA’s executive director, told Colorado Politics Wednesday morning. “And that’s because we believe George is such a good candidate and voters will agree with that as soon as they get to know him.”

The ad wasn’t out long, however, until the Colorado Democratic Party threw a flag.

The RAGA ad calls Brauchler a Lakewood “native.” But Colorado Public Radio reported last year that while Brauchler was raised in Colorado, he was born in New York, the Democrats pointed out.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.