Describing herself as an ally of President Donald Trump, Republican congressional candidate Lauren Boebert is launching the first TV ad in her primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, who co-chairs Trump's re-election campaign in Colorado.
“I want you to send me to Congress to help President Trump build the wall, drain the swamp and stand up to all the left-wing lunatics," Boebert says in the 30-second ad, which is scheduled to start airing Sunday on cable channels in the 3rd Congressional District.
Boebert, the 32-year-old owner of Shooters Grill in Rifle, is running against Tipton from the right, claiming the five-term congressman isn't conservative enough and hasn't fought progressives with sufficient vigor.
Trump bestowed his "Complete and Total Endorsement!" on Tipton in a tweet in December, just over a week after Boebert announced her candidacy. At his rally last week in Colorado Springs, Trump brought Tipton and U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, his re-election campaign's other state co-chair, on stage and thanked them for their support.
Undaunted, Boebert is claiming the Trump mantle. In the new ad, she says, "I’m pro-Trump, pro-Constitution, pro-life, pro-guns, pro-energy. I’m a conservative, a Republican, a mom, a business owner. I’m in this fight because freedom is a great motivator."
The ad will appear on Fox News Channel in the Pueblo and Grand Junction cable markets as part of what Boebert describes as a targeted buy. The ad will also appear on digital platforms next week, she said.
Boebert is running the ad in advance of Colorado's March 7 precinct caucuses, when she hopes to get enough support to make it onto the June 30 primary ballot.
Tipton has survived primary challengers twice since he was first elected in 2010 to represent the sprawling 3rd District, which covers most of the Western Slope, Pueblo County and the San Luis Valley.
Three Democrats are running in a primary for the seat: former state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, who ran unsuccessfully against Tipton in 2018; former seafood executive James Iacino; and Durango activists Root Routledge.