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Sonnenberg: Majority of voters ‘sick and tired of the whining’

Author: Dan Njegomir - March 3, 2017 - Updated: June 6, 2017


It took a week or so for the news to make it from the eastern plains to us here in the Queen City of the Prairie (they still call Denver that, don’t they?), but it probably was worth waiting for. We’re talking about farmer-rancher-water-warrior-turned-Senator Jerry Sonnenberg’s words of wisdom — imparted at last week’s Morgan County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner and brought to us via the Brush News-Tribune. His insights were unabashedly partisan, of course — he was, after all, among friends and allies — and served as a reminder there are plenty of Colorado zip codes where people by and large are not upset over the Trump presidency.

To say the least, the Sterling GOP lawmaker’s keynote address represented a change of pace. It’s not just anywhere these days a speaker can draw applause for telling his audience: “I’m so excited with the direction we are going. President (Donald) Trump is doing everything he said he was going to do.”

And as for those who would jeer such a pronouncement — notably, the succession of anti-Trump protests mounted in Denver in recent weeks, as well as the throngs of administration critics demanding an audience with Republican members of Colorado’s D.C. delegation — Sonnenberg had these words:

“I hope they continue to protest and carry their signs, because the vast majority of people in this country are sick and tired of the whining…We can undo some things that absolutely took this country down a path we never want to go down again.”

He also weighed in on plenty of perennial state issues facing the legislature and of interest to rural Colorado, like transportation, education and of course water. Read more details in the full report by the News-Tribune; here’s the link again.


Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is the opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.