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Small-business federation backs Stapleton for governor

Author: Joey Bunch - October 9, 2018 - Updated: October 9, 2018

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Gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton addresses delegates to the Colorado GOP assembly on April 14, 2018, in Boulder. (Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

The Colorado arm of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a trade group for small businesses, is backing Republican Walker Stapleton to be the next governor, the organization announced Tuesday.

The formal endorsement came from the NFIB Colorado PAC, which made the choice after a survey that found 82.6 percent of its Colorado members preferred Stapleton over Democrat Jared Polis.

“In a state increasingly driven by special interests and top-down government bloat, Walker Stapleton has singularly focused on protecting the financial well-being of Colorado families and businesses,” Tony Gagliardi, NFIB’s Colorado state director, said in a statement.

“That’s why Colorado voters have entrusted him with two four-year terms as their state treasurer. He would bring to the governor’s office a record of stellar accomplishments unseen in any prior candidate in our lifetime.”

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Gagliardi cited Stapleton’s work for two terms as state treasurer, including his support for national legislation that helped counties to continue to invest in U.S, bonds, after Standard & Poor’s downgraded U.S. credit ratings in 2011.

“Achieving this saved Colorado communities millions of dollars,” NFIB said in its announcement.
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NFIB Colorado also cited Stapleton’s leadership in​​​ 2013 to defeat Amendment 66, a proposed billion-dollar tax hike for schools.

“Jared Polis, Stapleton’s opponent, also has a record, but not one he should be proud of,” said Gagliardi. “In the last two sessions of Congress, Polis’ pro-small-business voting records have been 7 percent and 0 percent respectively, and he seems untroubled and cavalier about it.”

Polis’s campaign did not comment on the endorsement, but Stapleton called the nod an honor, coming from small business owners.

“I’m 100 percent committed to creating an environment where small businesses can thrive and hardworking Coloradans have access to jobs,” he said in a statement. “If Congressman Polis is elected, his government-knows-best attitude will destroy jobs and bankrupt small businesses. This is not the future I want for Colorado.”

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.