Phil Weiser Wins Democratic Attorney General Race

DENVER, Saturday, June 30 – The Phil Weiser for Attorney General campaign today announced Weiser has won the Democratic primary for Attorney General of Colorado. With 100 percent of counties reporting, Weiser received 50.43 percent of votes cast, to 49.57 percent cast for State Representative Joe Salazar of Thornton. He now goes on to face Republican George Brauchler in November.

In response to this victory, Weiser issued the following statement:

“I am humbled and honored by this win. I had a great call with Joe Salazar earlier today, and we are excited to work together to ensure Colorado has a Democratic Attorney General in 2018. Joe is a fierce advocate for social justice and a true fighter for those less fortunate, from the homeless to those treated unfairly by our criminal justice system. I am a far better candidate because of the experience running against him in this primary and share his commitment to listening to those who are not often heard.

“Coloradans care deeply about fairness and equal justice for all. Like Joe, I am excited by the record number of voters who participated in the primary and share his commitment to making sure every voice in Colorado is heard. Indeed, 590,000 Coloradans voted this week for a Democratic Attorney General, exceeding the number of votes cast for a Republican AG by more than 176,000. It is clear that Colorado is ready for a collaborative and innovative leader in the office of Attorney General at this time when our democracy is at stake.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to engage and educate people about this office and why they should care who represents them as Attorney General. This will be a difficult election — only two Democrats have won this office in Colorado in the past 70 years. But our supporters are energized and our campaign will work tirelessly to share our vision for how this office can improve the lives of all Coloradans.”

This victory is a testament to the Weiser campaign’s statewide, grassroots organizing achievements.  Since declaring his candidacy in May 2017, Weiser has visited all 64 Colorado counties, engaged over 1,000 active volunteers, and received financial support from almost 4,000 people. In April, Weiser won the State Assembly with 53 percent of votes cast.


Letters of Support

"I am grateful to all 18 Coloradans whose Letters to the Editor in support of my campaign have been published by newspapers around the state. It is powerful when someone captures what this campaign is about in their own words and does it even better than I can."

Linda Spaet, Ski High News, Granby

Beth Groundwater, Summit Daily, Summit County

Katherine Thomas, Castle Rock News Press, Castle Rock

Joan Brett, Daily Camera, Boulder

Debbie Bruell, Aspen Daily News, Aspen

Mark Lacis, Times Call, Longmont

Gail Flesher, Vail Daily, Vail

Jill Ryan, The Aspen Times, Aspen

Katherine Thomas, Journal Advocate, Sterling

Dorris Weiss, Aspen Daily News, Aspen

Sally Boccella, The Coloradoan, Johnston

The Durango Herald, Durango

Matt Dority, Castle Rock News Press, Castle Rock

Josh and Christina Lautenberg, Vail Daily, Vail

Del Norte, Valley Courier, Alamosa

Debbie Bruell, Post Independent, Glenwood Springs and Rifle

Castle Rock News Press, Castle Rock

Rick Brown, Elbert County News, Elbert County


A Call for Empathy and Against Separating Immigrant Families

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.”   -Elie Wiesel

For me, the treatment of refugees is personal.  It is well known that the Nazis regularly separated families.  That was true for my family.  The Nazis removed (and killed) my uncle from my grandparents.  We cannot allow the United States of America to separate families from each other and must end the federal government’s inhumane “zero tolerance” policy.

My mom was born in the Buchenwald concentration camp on April 13, 1945.  On April 14, 1945, Buchenwald was liberated by the US Army. First Switzerland, and then the United States, welcomed my family, providing humane treatment, freedom, and opportunity.  This is the tradition—of welcoming strangers with open arms—that our nation is built upon.  At our best, we are empathetic and welcoming, remembering that many of us came to the United States after traumatic experiences elsewhere. 

Our nation has the opportunity to live up to our empathetic and welcoming tradition by ending an inhumane policy that inflicts trauma on children.  Despite calls from leaders across the political spectrum to change this policy, including Laura Bush and a bipartisan group of former US Attorneys, the Trump Administration is refusing to budge.  But when “We the People” are loud and clear, our voices will be heard.

Even during one of our nation’s biggest moral failings, the internment of Japanese Americans, Colorado Governor Ralph Carr stood up for the principle of equal and fair treatment for all.  Governor John Hickenlooper now follows this tradition by acting to forbid Colorado state law enforcement from aiding or abetting any action to separate families.  Our Colorado Attorney General, however, has stayed silent and has failed to join with other State Attorneys General in condemning the “no tolerance” policy adopted by the Trump Administration.

The humane and legal treatment of immigrants is a moral imperative.  As Attorney General, I will defend the constitutional rights of and fight for the fair treatment of immigrants.  I will protect the DREAMers and challenge the Muslim ban.  I will defend the right of cities like Denver to refuse to allow their law enforcement officials to be commandeered by the Department of Homeland Security and turned into deportation police.  I will also evaluate whether there are viable legal avenues to end the “zero tolerance” policy. 

We cannot wait for—and should not need—a court of law to end the “zero tolerance” policy recently adopted by the Trump Administration.  We must end this horrific practice through political pressure that calls on the federal government to live up to our values as Americans.  Now is the time to live up to our values as a nation and as human beings by standing up for these children and families. To make your voices heard, please join me this Friday, June 22nd at 4 pm in Boulder as I join others to speak out against the inhumane policy of separating children from their families.

Four Generations
Phil, daughter, grandma, and mom

 


Phil Weiser, Candidate for Colorado Attorney General

Phil’s Former Students on Why He’s Their Choice for AG - and Why He Should Be Yours!

People who've worked with Phil know he's the right choice for Colorado's Attorney General because he will reach across the partisan divide and bring people together to solve our problems.

"Phil's an extremely pragmatic guy and that's exactly what we need right now. We need someone who’s not going to get bogged down in ideological purity, in political shouting matches, in the kind of antics we have seen paralyze our government." - Cole J. Woodward, Litigation Attorney

https://youtu.be/4XYQqsiKV6c

"Phil has spent his career working with people from both parties, people from across the political spectrum and across various backgrounds. He has lots of experience recognizing and listening to issues from a broad base of people. Regardless of your political affiliations he will work to work to make your life better. He wants to help everybody he meets." - Greg Garcia, Technology Transactions Attorney

https://youtu.be/F4iy9y-j3nU


Gov. John Hickenlooper Backs Phil Weiser for Attorney General

Today, the Phil Weiser campaign for Attorney General announced the backing of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. The announcement makes Weiser - a former clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an Obama Administration official and the Dean of CU Law - the only statewide candidate the Governor has endorsed in this election.

https://youtu.be/WuJgeO_k4Oo

Governor Hickenlooper explained his decision as follows:

“At our best, we Coloradans are creative, collaborative, and inclusive. We don’t look for leaders who divide; we look for leaders who can bring us together. Phil Weiser is just this sort of leader. He is also the only candidate in the race who took and stuck to the Clean Campaign Pledge. His values have shown through in the type of campaign he’s running - a  positive, optimistic campaign about ideas aimed at building up all of Colorado. That’s the sort of leadership we need.”

The governor continued, “Phil’s track record as the executive of large legal organizations, from Barack Obama’s Justice Department to our CU Law School, shows he knows how to get things done, and get them done right. Phil will be an extraordinary Attorney General, and I wholeheartedly support him.”

Governor Hickenlooper is the eighth current or former statewide elected official to have endorsed Weiser’s campaign. Weiser has also been endorsed by former Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar, former Governors Bill Ritter and Roy Romer, and others.

The Primary Election will be held on June 26, 2018.

For a full list of endorsements and more information about Weiser’s campaign, as well as his stance on important issues facing Coloradans this election year, go to philforcolorado.com.

Click here to see the full article on Denver Post.


Leaving a Better World for Our Kids: A Father’s Thoughts from the Campaign Trail

After the last Presidential election (as captured in our TV ad), I decided to run to become Colorado’s next Attorney General because I am committed to building a better world for our children. My wife, Heidi, and I have made the campaign a family experience, taking our children on the road around Colorado and inspiring their commitment to public service.

On this Father’s Day, I wanted to reflect on the values that drive my campaign—not just as an Attorney General Candidate, but as a parent.

Defending Our Children’s Freedoms

My grandparents and mom came to the United States after surviving the Holocaust. Their experience inspires my lifelong commitment to public service and my campaign to be Colorado’s next Attorney General. My family’s journey to freedom gave me the opportunity to live the American dream and inspires my optimistic and positive outlook for building a better future. But sadly, today, many parents and grandparents watch as their children face a future where these freedoms are being attacked and eroded.

A basic question that our nation is facing in 2018 is whether we will preserve our democracy and the rule of law.  Our constitutional democracy is not something we are entitled to; we as citizens need to earn it and defend it. As a parent, I feel the urgent call to fight for it.

From standing up to dark money to fighting gerrymandering, the issues facing Colorado’s next AG are about protecting future generations. 

I’m running to be Colorado’s next Attorney General to fight for our nation’s founding commitment to equal justice for all. Our nation’s history is a continuing effort to live up to the Declaration of Independence’s vision of equality.  A lesson from our history is that when one of us is subject to illegal discrimination, we are all at risk.  This lesson is personal to me because of my family’s story.

To defend this commitment and work toward a time when all parents can feel safe about their children’s futures, we need a State Attorney General who will live up to Colorado Governor Ralph Carr’s historical example of refusing to intern Japanese-Americans. We need an Attorney General who will partner with and stand up for our immigrant communities—and one with the constitutional law and Supreme Court experience to win that fight. As Attorney General, I will challenge hate speech, stand up for diversity and inclusion, and fight for equal justice for all. I will also work tirelessly so that the youngest and most vulnerable among us are protected and so parents like myself can trust in the American ideal of freedom and opportunity for all.

Preventing Gun Violence

I still remember being in my home in Denver when I heard about the Columbine massacre and asking, “How could this happen?”  Today, our kids are asking “Where will this happen next?”  We have to do more, and we have to do better.

For my family, like many families, the March for our Lives was a powerful expression of the passion and commitment of young people today. Young people are teaching adults about bravery and true leadership to create change. During that march, I talked with high school students who are volunteering on my campaign about how I would address this issue as our next Attorney General. I also explained in a blog post and in a short video how I would lead on gun safety, defending and enforcing our current common sense gun laws, improving our laws, and working on other initiatives to prevent gun violence.

We cannot be complacent on this issue or accept the false claim that the Second Amendment prevents common sense gun safety measures. We have to fight for our children’s lives.

 Fighting Climate Change and Protecting Our Land, Air, and Water

The fight for our land, air, and water is about our children’s future and the world they will inherit from us. Our kids’ future is under attack from climate change. As a concerned parent, it is my duty to stand up for our land, air, and water and children’s future.

Our current Attorney General is failing on this important obligation, joining with Scott Pruitt’s agenda to undermine critical protections.  As I explained in a blog post on Earth Day, we need our Attorney General to stand up for Colorado and be strong enough to challenge the federal government when it fails us. Using my legal and leadership experience, that’s exactly what I will do as our next Attorney General. 

Empowering the Next Generation

My wife, Heidi, and I have engaged our children in this campaign and given them the opportunity to learn about our democracy and our state. It continues to be an inspiring experience that has changed our family forever.  I have visited all sixty-four counties, bringing one or both kids to many of them.  I brought my children on stage—with 3,500 engaged Democrats in the audience—for my speech at the State Assembly

Most importantly, my children joined me to listen to the citizens of Colorado, learning about your concerns, from the opioid epidemic to the lack of broadband Internet access to rising health care costs, and your dreams for a Colorado where everyone is treated equally and given a fair opportunity to succeed.  Those conversations will stay with me and my family, however this campaign turns out, making us better people and better citizens.  This engagement as a family—and as a father—will remain central to the campaign I will run to be Colorado’s next Attorney General.  Thanks to everyone who has joined us on this journey.