Colo: Relative of GOP senators endorses Udall |

Colo: Relative of GOP senators endorses Udall

Lynn Bartels
Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado
Lynn Bartels/Rocky Mountain News Republican Karen Allard Campbell - the daughter-in-law and niece of two GOP senators - talks to Democratic Senate candidate Mark Udall after endorsing him Monday during a news conference outside his campaign headquarters in Denver.

A Colorado Republican whose maiden and married name mean something in political circles today endorsed Democrat Mark Udall for Senate.

Karen Allard Campbell ” the niece and daughter-in-law of two Republican U.S. senators ” praised Udall’s efforts “to reach out beyond divisive partisan politics.”

Campbell also said she had become “increasingly uncomfortable with the religious right’s dominance of the Republican Party.”

“I am asking other traditional Republicans and independent voters who … feel alienated by the extremism to seriously consider voting for Mark Udall,” she said.

She stood beside Udall and other Republicans who back his candidacy at a news conference outside Udall’s campaign headquarters in Denver.

Afterward, Campbell, a 37-year-old mother of two from Erie, said she had not given a heads up to her family or the GOP brass of her decision. She said she expected some Republican leaders to be unhappy with the endorsement ” and they were.

“It sounds to me like the latest edition of ‘Dupes for Boulder Liberal Udall,'” said Dick Wadhams, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party.

Wadhams also is the campaign manager for Udall’s GOP opponent, former Congressman Bob Schaffer of Fort Collins. Udall is a congressman from Eldorado Springs in Boulder County.

Karen Allard Campbell is the niece of retiring U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Loveland, whose seat Udall and Schaffer are seeking. Wadhams managed both of Allard’s Senate campaigns.

She also is the daughter-in-law of former U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Ignacio. Her husband, Colin Campbell, once worked for Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez and oversaw the Republicans’ 2004 statewide get-out-the vote efforts.

Colin Campbell was present at the news conference, but said he is supporting Schaffer in November.

Karen Allard Campbell also praised Schaffer during her remarks, calling him “an outstanding person in many ways.”

But she said she supported Udall because he is “talking about the things we all care about,” including education, the environment, protecting civil liberties and “restoring the respect Americans have among the other countries in the world.”

“Mark will meet and listen to people that disagree with him on important issues,” she said.

Campbell said she remains “a proud Republican” despite concerns with where the party is headed.

“Traditional Republican values call for less government intervention in our private lives and greater fiscal responsibility,” she said. “Yet many Republican candidates are more driven by social issues than the traditional Republican values I believe in.”

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