Vail Daily letter: Coulter a poor choice |

Vail Daily letter: Coulter a poor choice

I can’t help but express my astonishment at the Eagle County GOP for hosting a fundraiser that features the polarizing and venomous Ann Coulter as their headline speaker.

So divisive is Ms. Coulter that her columns have been canceled by media such as the National Review Online, USA Today and the Augusta Chronicle, to name a few. The Arizona Daily Star, in an August 2005 statement about dumping Coulter, said, “We’ve decided that syndicated columnist Ann Coulter has worn out her welcome. Many readers find her shrill, bombastic and mean-spirited. And those are the words used by readers who identified themselves as conservatives.”

The Eagle County Republican Party must have a short memory, or are tone-deaf, or both.

The 2014 mid-term election results suggest that the citizens of Eagle County are centrists, and lean slightly Democratic. Eagle County voted for Sen. Mark Udall by 54.4 percent, while the conservative Cory Gardner earned only 41 percent of the vote. Gov. Hickenlooper won a whopping 59 percent of the county’s vote; Bob Beauprez only took 37 percent. Democratic candidates Joe Neguse and Betsy Markey won their respective contests in Eagle County, defeating their Republican opponents for secretary of state and treasurer. We elected Democrats to the state House and Senate and to fill two open county commissioner seats.

That’s not to say we won’t elect Republicans here. Scott Tipton prevailed to again represent U.S. Congressional District 3. Cynthia Coffman was picked as AG and James Van Beek was elected sheriff in close races.

Is it really a good strategy for the local GOP to host such a hateful voice to garner more Republican support in this moderate county?

Perhaps they are only interested in having their coffers filled by a few wealthy partisans (who can pony up $500 a ticket, $1,000 for a VIP reception, or $2,500 as sponsor) while enriching Ms. Coulter’s own purse. She’ll be smirking all the way to the bank, without a thought of the repercussions of her appearance.

At best, it’s embarrassing to see the local Republican Party choose such a vitriolic and despised person as their fundraiser’s highlight. At worst, it’s totally ignorant of the citizens of Eagle County, whose support they likely could better cultivate by presenting rational speakers and not nasty demagogues.

Joy Harrison


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