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Club 20 Continues to Be a Major Issue for Jared Polis

The Democratic nominee is skipping a debate that's "an institution" in Colorado politics. He's standing by his snub of the Western Slope.

By NTK Staff | 08.15.2018 @1:00pm
Club 20 Continues to Be a Major Issue for Jared Polis

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), the Democratic nominee for governor of Colorado, continues to stand by his decision to skip the Club 20 debate, which Westword called “an institution for gubernatorial debates” in an interview published Tuesday.

WESTWORD: I hear that you’re not going to be attending Club 20 for the gubernatorial debate.

POLIS: Well, we challenged Stapleton to thirteen debates and forums. He challenged us to nine; I think there’s an overlap of six. So obviously, I’ll be at a number of places he won’t be at, and he might be at some where I won’t be at, but I will definitely be at more. I’m not sure which one that is.

WESTWORD: It’s on the Western Slope.

POLIS: I’m doing one on the Western Slope. I challenged him to one at the Grand Junction Sentinel.

WESTWORD: But Club 20 is an institution for gubernatorial debates. [No Colorado gubernatorial candidate has skipped Club 20 in thirty years.]

It’s clear Polis has no qualms about skipping the Club 20 debate, even though his decision is unprecedented in modern Colorado politics. As The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel pointed out, “[n]umerous newspaper editorials and opinion pieces called his decision a ‘disgrace’ and ‘insulting,’ and shows ‘arrogance’ and ‘ignorance.'”

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