Challenger to incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton visits Craig |

Challenger to incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton visits Craig

Alex Beinstein speaks at a Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots even in Craig on Thursday night.
Patrick Kelly

Alex Beinstein, who hopes to represent Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives, was in Craig Thursday at an event hosted by the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots to speak with potential constituents.

After receiving 40.3 percent of the delegates at the Republican State Convention in April, Beinstein has forced primary election with three-term congressman Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez.

The winner of the Republican primary on June 28 will face Democratic challenger and former state senator Gail Schwartz of Crested Butte in the general election for the 3rd Congressional District seat.

“I’m running for Congress because I want to honor the Constitution,” said Beinstein. “I want to honor the Constitution because I think it’s the only way to bring wealth and prosperity to the 3rd Congressional District.”

Beinstein said his three priorities if elected were to change the nation’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, protect American jobs through tariffs and return authority to local communities.

According to a policy statement regarding Saudi Arabia from Beinstein’s website, “it is no accident that fifteen of the nineteen hijackers on 9/11 came from Saudi Arabia. In fact, many intelligence sources, including those famous 28 pages that have yet to be declassified, link the Saudi government itself to the funding of those terrorists.”

Speaking of Moffat County’s energy economy, Beinstein expressed support of local industry regulation.

“I think we in Colorado need full sovereignty over our energy resources,” he said. “If we can make those decisions, especially in a place like Craig, we create so many more middle class jobs.”

Beinstein criticized Tipton and accused him of being a prime example of “crony capitalism” while vowing to remain true to the constituents rather than special interest groups.

“If you want someone who is only going to be governed by two things — his own conscious and the will of the people, you should vote for me,” he said. “If you want someone who is a placeholder for a lobbying firm … then vote for Scott Tipton.”

The meeting was hosted by the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots and more information on Alex Beistein is available on the candidate’s website at

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