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Wolf has lunch with GarCo Republicans

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
John Gardner post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Republican candidate for Colorado’s Third Congressional District, Wayne Wolf, showed up to a luncheon with Garfield County Republicans alone.

He was invited by the GarCo Republicans to discuss the issues they felt were most important for the residents of Garfield County and the Third Congressional District, which covers 29 counties in western and southern Colorado. Wolf is contesting Congressmen John Salazar for the district seat.

“This is an opportunity for people to look me over and see if they want to vote for me,” Wolf said.

Garfield County Republican Party chair Milt Blakey, vice chair Joe Kline, and past Garfield County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf along with about a dozen others attended the luncheon. Top issues discussed were energy, immigration, and the economy, not necessarily in that order.

“I think the economy is a huge issue,” Wolf said. “One of the things I’ve been concerned about is the current administration and our leadership in the house of representatives that have gotten in to short term thinking if it appears that it will help them get re-elected as opposed to thinking long term and what’s good for the people long term.”

When asked about his views on immigration, Wolf said that he believes the current immigration policies need to be reformed.

“We need to make it possible for them to come here and work legally,” Wolf said. “We need to control illegal immigration.”

Wolf stated that he grew up on a ranch and has known first hand the impact immigrant workers have on the local economy.

“It’s not a prejudice thing, it’s a matter of if you respect the law or not,” Wolf said. “That is the important part of our country is that you have to respect the law. We cannot reward people whose first act is to break the law.”

Wolf supported stricter punishment for those who break immigration laws.

“We need to get serious about the importance of respecting our laws,” Wolf said. “Right now, the situation is if someone comes here illegally, as long as they don’t break any other laws, the federal government will leave them alone. We need to consider that it should be a felony to break our immigration laws.”

On energy, Wolf explained that he didn’t see the need to drill everywhere but he did believe that the U.S. needs to consider all “financially feasible” alternatives. But, his support of drilling the Roan Plateau, he said, provides the region with the dual purpose of growing the economy and lowering energy prices.

“In a place where you have seven trillion cubic feet of natural gas, that needs to be allowed to safely grow,” Wolf said.

Wolf will be back in Glenwood Springs on Tuesday, Oct. 21 for an election forum involving other candidates for races like the local commissioners race.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114


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