PICT U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert of Silt speaks Sept. 10, 2022, during the Club 20 Western Colorado Candidate Debates at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. William Woody for Colorado Newsline

Rep. Lauren Boebert leaving current congressional district to run in another

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert of Silt speaks Sept. 10, 2022, during the Club 20 Western Colorado Candidate Debates at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. William Woody for Colorado Newsline
Quentin Young

(Colorado Newsline) U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Silt Republican in her second term representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, announced Wednesday she plans to run for Colorado’s 4th Congressional District seat next year.

A MAGA provocateur who is vulnerable after almost losing her seat to a Democratic challenger in 2022 and recent missteps, Boebert made the announcement in a video posted to social media.

“It’s the right move for me personally. And it’s the right decision for those who support our conservative movement. This is the right move for Colorado,” she said.

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She alleged that “Hollywood elites and progressive money groups” are trying to “buy the 3rd District” and are intent on “destroying me personally.”

She plans to move to the 4th District, which includes most of Douglas County and the Eastern Plains, in 2024. The district is the most conservative in the state — historically it leans to the right by 27 percentage points. The district is currently represented by Rep. Ken Buck, who said last month he’s not seeking reelection.

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Colorado Democrats swiftly declared victory Wednesday.

“The good people of Western and Southern Colorado didn’t wait for an election to beat Lauren Boebert — we scared her straight and chased her out of her own district,”  Shad Murib, chair of the Colorado Democratic Party, said in a statement. “With this carpetbagging move, Lauren Boebert has shown herself to be everything she claims she isn’t: a typical swampy politician looking for a reason to call Washington D.C. home. She’s a loser in CD3, and she’ll be a loser in CD4 — Coloradans won’t buy her bulls*** in 2024.”

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Within days of being first sworn into Congress, Boebert made a speech on the floor of the U.S. House in support of Trump supporters who moments later attacked the Capitol in the Jan. 6 insurrection. She has garnered national attention for her brash, far-right, attention-seeking approach to lawmaking, such as when she heckled President Joe Biden during the 2022 State of the Union address. In September, she and a date were escorted from a performance of “Beetlejuice” at Denver’s Buell Theatre after she behaved disruptively and, as was captured in video, engaged in intimate contact with her companion during the performance. The fallout is largely understood to have damaged Boebert’s electoral prospects. She appeared to allude to the incident in her Wednesday video, referring to “personal mistakes.”

Boebert held onto her Western Slope seat in 2022 by just 546 votes, after Democrat Adam Frisch mounted a surprisingly strong challenge in a district that historically leans conservative by 9 percentage points. Frisch is running for the 3rd District seat in 2024, and again is mounting a formidable campaign. 

Boebert is a relative latecomer to the GOP field in the 4th District. State Rep. Richard Holtorf, former state Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, conservative radio host Deborah Flora, Weld County Councilman Trent Leisy, Ted Harvey, Justin Schreiber and Mariel Bailey have already entered the primary race.

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