GOP ex-gubernatorial candidate Beauprez returning to Lafayette
LAFAYETTE, Colo. (AP) ” Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez plans to move back to his former home in Lafayette in the Democratic stronghold of Boulder County.
Beauprez moved to Arvada before he was elected to Congress from Colorado’s 7th District in 2002. He and his wife, Claudia, plan to move back into the home they own in Lafayette next month, when his second term expires.
The house is in a subdivision on land his family once farmed.
“We’re going to come home,” he said in an interview published in Tuesday’s Longmont Daily Times-Call.
Beauprez gave up his seat in Congress to run for governor but was defeated by Democrat Bill Ritter.
Despite his Lafayette roots, Beauprez did not win a single precinct there, or the nearby Boulder County towns of Superior, where he was born, or Louisville, where he went to school and church.
“There’s no secret what Boulder County is like right now for Republicans,” he said. Still, he would not rule out a future run for elective office.
“I’m not saying yes, but I’m certainly not saying no,” he said. “How many politicians have been given up for dead and circumstances change and they come back?” he said.
Beauprez said if he were approached about serving in a future Republican administration, “It would be something I’d listen to.”
If he does run for office again, Beauprez said, he will learn from this year’s loss.
He said it was a rough time to campaign as a Republican because of the series of scandals shaking the party. He also wants to look at the effects of increasingly early starts to campaigns, and the role of independent issue groups that run TV ads outside the control of the candidates.
In addition to writing his previously announced e-mail newsletter on state and federal issues, Beauprez is considering writing a book about business, politics, family history or some other topic.
“A lot of ideas going through my head,” he said.
He said he is also looking forward to the birth of a grandchild, expected in April.
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