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U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn visits Craig

Patrick Kelly

Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Darryl Glenn visited with voters in Craig on Tuesday to discuss issues and listen to concerns.

The attorney and 24-year U.S. Air Force veteran, who retired as a lieutenant colonel, hopes to defeat Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet in this November's election.

Glenn is currently serving his second term on the El Paso Board of County Commissioners and previously served two terms on the Colorado Springs City Council.

"I'm an unapologetic Christian, constitutional conservative, pro-life, Second-Amendment-loving American," Glenn said.

While campaigning across the state, Glenn said he has noticed a disconnect between the actions of politicians in Washington, D.C., and the desires of the constituents they represent, to which he believes Bennet has contributed.

"The facts speak louder than the words," Glenn said. "Even with information that is out there right now, he still says he would still support the Iran nuclear deal and the Affordable Care Act — after receiving the feedback from his own constituents."

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Glenn criticized partisan politics in Washington and said it was due to a lack of leadership.

"I will work with anybody who will put the interests of this country first," Glenn said.

If elected, Glenn said one of his top priorities is identifying national security threats and making sure the resources needed to address them are in place.

Another focus for Glenn is strengthening the economy through numerous types of reform, including a balanced budget amendment, term limits for members of Congress, tax reform and regulatory reform.

"Those things we must address immediately because we're growing at one or two percent growth rate," he said.

Glenn also said he supports energy independence and tapering off energy industry subsidies in order to allow market forces to dictate what happens, a major difference from his opponent.

"[Bennet] still supports the Clean Power Plan," he said. "He will continue to side with that even if it's having a devastating impact on jobs in the mining industry here."

Bennet’s spokeswoman Alyssa Roberts said in a statement that Bennet has been involved in numerous efforts to protect Northwest Colorado's economy, particularly in regards to energy.

"Bennet has visited northwest Colorado countless times and has worked with local leaders to keep the Colowyo and Trapper mines open, pass a Farm Bill that works for our farmers and ranchers, and level the playing field for [liquefied natural gas] fuel," she said.

Roberts also said Bennet is engaged in a bipartisan effort to pass a bill that would help finance carbon-capture so coal plants can run cleaner and remain operational.

"Yet, Darryl Glenn has been clear that he won’t work across the aisle for Colorado, and Coloradans are rejecting that approach because the last thing we need is another partisan obstructionist in the U.S. Senate," Roberts said.

According to an Oct. 3 report from the Monmouth University PollOct. 3 report from the Monmouth University Poll, Bennet holds an 18-point lead over Glenn., Bennet holds an 18-point lead over Glenn.

Oct. 3 report from the Monmouth University Poll, Bennet holds an 18-point lead over Glenn.

Glenn said "we don't believe polls" and that his grassroots campaign and the interaction he is having with voters is difficult to gauge with polling.

"They really don't know how to poll me because I'm a grassroots candidate where I'm actually out talking to people and motivating people," he said. "When Bennet runs on his record and would show what he's doing, it's overwhelmingly rejected."

Glenn said he would question why Bennet has backed out of recent debates if the senator had such a strong lead.

"We know he's vulnerable when he consistently keeps backing out of debates and appearances with me," he said.

Bennet and Glenn participated in a debate hosted by Club 20 on Sept. 20 in Grand Junction and since then the senator has cancelled subsequent debates, Glenn said.

On Oct. 1, The Pueblo Chieftain published an editorial by Managing Editor Steve Hensonpublished an editorial by Managing Editor Steve Henson criticizing Bennet for canceling a previously scheduled public forum featuring the two candidates. criticizing Bennet for canceling a previously scheduled public forum featuring the two candidates.

published an editorial by Managing Editor Steve Henson criticizing Bennet for canceling a previously scheduled public forum featuring the two candidates.

"That's ridiculous and an insult to Southern Colorado," Henson wrote.

In a July 27 letter to the Grand Junction Sentinel, Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid, who is up for reelection in November as an unaffiliated incumbent, endorsed Bennet.

“Michael Bennet has gone to bat for Moffat County's economy time and again,” he wrote. “He's protected our coal miners from being put out of work and saved our economy from ruin.”

But Kinkaid said a campaign add by Bennetcampaign add by Bennet that focused on wind and solar energy has recently caused him to change course. that focused on wind and solar energy has recently caused him to change course.

campaign add by Bennet that focused on wind and solar energy has recently caused him to change course.

“I still consider Michael Bennet a good friend, but I’m going to have to vote for Darryl Glenn,” he said. “I think his polices make more sense for our area and that TV ad was just a bridge too far for me.”

Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or pkelly@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or pkelly@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.