After Trump, Republican Victor Mitchell calls out Walker Stapleton, too

Author: Joey Bunch - August 23, 2018 - Updated: August 24, 2018

Victor Mitchell
Victor Mitchell (Courtesy of the campaign via YouTube)

Victor Mitchell spent north of $4 million from his own pocket to run for the Republican nomination for governor. Now he appears to be taking a pound of flesh from his party’s leaders in return.

Wednesday morning, Colorado Politics was the first to tell you that Mitchell was on Facebook calling on Republicans to turn on Donald Trump, after the news the day before that two of the president’s men are guilty of felonies.

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Wednesday, Michael Roberts posted a profile of Mitchell in Westword, in which the second-place finisher in the primary did a take-down on the nominee, Walker Stapleton.

Mitchell accused Stapleton of lying to voters and illegally raising money before he declared he was a candidate.

“We elect politicians and very few leaders,” said the former state legislator and tech entrepreneur from Douglas County.

Victory Mitchell
(Via Facebook)

The state Democratic Party sent out a press release Wednesday calling Mitchell’s criticism a “bombshell.”

For sure, his disaffection with his party leaders puts a dent in the Republicans’ talking points about their party unity post primary.

Democrats, initially, had trouble getting the band back together after a rough-and-tumble four primary. It appears those wounds have healed, at least publicly.

Mitchell joined all four Republican primary candidates on a Front Range Unity Tour two days after the race. By the time the caravan of candidates rolled in to Lakewood for a stop, Mitchell had dropped out.

“My opponent [Stapleton] spent over $1 million of dark money making up outright lies and smears — and when we went to the media and said, ‘These are lies,’ they wouldn’t take the lies down,” Mitchell told Roberts in the Westword article.

Mitchell is referring to Stapleton’s super PAC, Better Colorado Now.

I reached out to Stapleton’s campaign, which passed on responding.

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.