Coors: Keep feds out of state water law
Editor’s note: The four men seeking to replace retiring U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell bring a broad diversity of views to the race. All have spoken about a number of issues. But what about Eagle County issues. We asked all four candidates for their views on the same three issues: water, immigration and transportation.
If anyone in the Colorado Senate race has name recognition, it’s Pete Coors. The family name shows up on countless bottles and cans at liquor and grocery stores across the state, and, of course, is on the gates at Denver’s major league baseball stadium.
After a lifetime in business, Coors this spring hesitated, then jumped into the race for the U.S. Senate seat being given up by Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Coors, a political neophyte, is still forming his positions on any number topics of national and state concern. Still, he was able to quickly share his views on:Immigration: “We need to get people legally living and working in this country, but without an amnesty; that would just encourage people to break the law,” Coors said. “It’s crucial that we get control of our borders.”Water: “That’s a state issue,” Coors said. “The fight between the Western Slope and the Front Range has to get fixed and we have to keep more water in the state.”Once the people of the state can decide how to address future water needs, Coors said he would work to provide federal money to help fund new projects.On the touchy subject of a “federal reserve water right,” which would increase streamflows through federal land, especially wilderness areas, Coors had a definite answer:”Colorado has wonderful water law,” he said. “The federal government shouldn’t disturb private property rights.”Transportation: Coors said Campbell and Sen. Wayne Allard have done a good job of including Colorado’s needs in the current federal transportation bill. “The biggest transportation problem in Colorado is traffic through Clear Creek County on Interstate 70,” Coors said. “People who are turned off on that trip aren’t coming to Vail. We have to find a solution to that, but it’s probably not the monorail. In the summers, people move around too much to make that practical.”