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Tamra Farah departs Americans for Prosperity-Colorado

Author: Ernest Luning - April 24, 2018 - Updated: April 24, 2018

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Tamra Farah, on stage, introduces her husband, Republican gubernatorial candidate Barry Farah, at the Colorado GOP's state assembly on Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Boulder. (Photo by Lynn Bartels, courtesy Tamra Farah)Tamra Farah, on stage, introduces her husband, Republican gubernatorial candidate Barry Farah, at the Colorado GOP’s state assembly on Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Boulder. (Photo by Lynn Bartels, courtesy Tamra Farah)

After nearly three years spent working at Americans for Prosperity’s Colorado operation, communications maven Tamra Farah is moving on.

Farah, AFP-Colorado’s deputy state director, had been on leave since mid-March from the advocacy group, which is financed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, while her husband, businessman and author Barry Farah, mounted a short-lived bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

”It’s been privilege to work with one of the most effective grassroots organizations in the country and to fight for the economic freedom of Coloradans these last three years,” Tamra Farah said in a statement. “Now it’s time to get back to my first love and focus on communications and public relations, including working with my husband, Barry Farah, as he moves forward in what’s next for him.”

She told Colorado Politics that she is considering reviving her consulting and public relations firms. She added: “Within three short weeks Barry’s message resonated with people all over the state.  He is considering a number of possibilities to continue to uniquely communicate the founding principles of celebrating economic freedom, dignifying personal responsibility and championing limited government.”

Barry Farah launched his campaign for governor on March 21 but failed to get enough support at the April 14 GOP state assembly to make the primary ballot, where eight candidates competed for delegate votes. (State Treasurer Walker Stapleton and former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez were the two who advanced to the June primary.)

“Tamra has been an amazing asset to the chapter and network,” AFP-CO’s state director Jesse Mallory said in an email. “She’ll be greatly missed. Especially when it comes to her phenomenal communications skills.”

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.