Though she’s only been in Congress for six months, some of Rep. Lauren Boebert’s constituents say they’re “humiliated and embarrassed” by her antics and ready to vote against her in the 2022 midterm elections, according to a report from Politico.
One of those voters, Charles Perko, says her refusal to support President Joe Biden’s stimulus bill proved to him that Boebert doesn’t really care about middle class Americans or union members:
“He doesn’t think Boebert cares all that much about his union members. He has tried to schedule a meeting with her to discuss these issues, he says. But the door to her local office is often locked, and her staff doesn’t return his calls.
“’One of the key parts of that [infrastructure] plan is Amtrak expansion. Ours is one of only three mills in the country that makes rail,’ Perko said on a breezy afternoon in April, as he turned to face the manufacturing complex, now owned by the multinational company Evraz Group. ‘If we can get just that part of the infrastructure plan alone passed, that will be business that would keep us in jobs for many years.'”
Gus Garcia voted for Boebert, but is also disgusted by the way she’s behaved since taking office:
“‘I thought Lauren would be a great representative for small business owners because she owns a small business, and she came from a humble lifestyle,’ business owner Garcia recalled. ‘But she has been so terribly disappointing. I am humiliated and embarrassed when she speaks on the House floor. She screams all the time, and she seems to have affiliated herself with white supremacists.'”
Recent polls also suggest Boebert is in big trouble and has a lot of ground to make up before voters go to the polls again in November of next year:
“In an April poll conducted and paid for by three Democratic-leaning firms, 42 percent of Coloradans interviewed in her district said they had a favorable view of the representative, while 45 percent reported a negative view. (The results were based on a sample of 528 online surveys.) So far, Boebert has one announced Republican challenger, Marina Zimmerman, a crane operator who bills herself as a ‘genuine blue-collar candidate.'”
Despite the displeasure voiced by some of her constituents, it’s instructive to remember that an incumbent is hard to beat, no matter the district, and Boebert will have all of the advantages of incumbency, including large sums of campaign contributions and the support of the Republican National Committee.
Could Boebert be vulnerable? Only time will tell.
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