Lauren Boebert ‘Disappoints’ Friend With Latest Move

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Representative Lauren Boebert, a Colorado Republican, disappointed a friend with her recent decision to run for reelection in a different district in 2024.

Last week, Boebert, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, announced that she would be running for reelection to the House in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District instead of the 3rd, where she has held office since 2021.

Despite Boebert defending the move by saying it’s the “right decision for those who support our conservative movement,” it has been widely viewed as an attempt to avoid lower reelection odds in the 3rd District, where she is facing a notable primary challenge from Republican Jeff Hurd, and an even more fraught general election challenge from Democrat Adam Frisch.

Colorado’s 4th District is currently represented by Representative Ken Buck, a Republican, who announced last month that he would not seek reelection next year.

Representative Lauren Boebert arrives to a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol Building on September 13, 2023, in Washington, D.C. Boebert, a Colorado Republican, “disappoints” friend over her recent decision to run for reelection in a different district in 2024.
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In response to Boebert’s move, Greg Brophy, a former Republican state lawmaker from Wray in northeastern Colorado, who has called Boebert a friend for years, seemed to disagree with the move on Wednesday.

“It looks like she’s so in love with the D.C. swamp that she will do whatever it takes to stay there. Sometimes your friends do things that disappoint you,” Brophy told The Denver Post.

Newsweek has reached out to Boebert’s office via email for comment.

Since Boebert’s announcement on December 27, some have criticized her move, including Republicans.

Sandra Hagen Solin, a Colorado-based Republican strategist who has long worked with the congresswoman, called the move “both savvy and desperate.”

“Her desire to maintain some semblance of power and enjoyment of a prominent media profile motivated her to seek an alternative path in the face of a very likely defeat in CD3,” Solin told The Denver Post.

Additionally, The Denver Post, one the biggest newspapers in Colorado, published an op-ed from opinion page editor Megan Schrader on Friday rebuking Boebert for seeming to “cut and run” from the 3rd District to the 4th, where the odds of a Democratic victory are “negligible.”

The piece, titled “Opinion: Does Boebert’s unabashed seat shopping really matter?” also lambasted the congresswoman for accomplishing little for her original district and for “embarrassing” her constituents with public scandals.

“Facing such daunting prospects, Boebert did what any unabashed person would do, abandon her constituents to seek office in another community where the incumbent has retired and the competition isn’t nearly as stiff,” Schrader wrote. “The move has all the makings of a backroom deal to clear the road for Hurd, a more moderate Republican, to secure the nomination and defeat Frisch in the general election.”

The move comes after Frisch challenged Boebert in the 2022 midterms, nearly pulling off an upset win. The former Aspen City Council member ended up losing by a little less than 600 votes and is mounting another campaign in 2024.

However, given Boebert’s narrow reelection, her recent spate of controversies, and renewed national interest in Frisch, Boebert had been given poor odds for victory, further imperiling the GOP’s slim House majority.