Politics & Policy

Insurgent Frazier May Turn Denver Suburbs Red Again


7th District candidate Ryan Frazier (R) addresses a rally from the west steps of Colorado’s Capitol in 2009.

Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier, a black Republican and candidate for Colorado’s 7th Congressional District, won his primary by nearly 30 percent over his white opponent, military veteran Lang Sias, and is engaged in a surprisingly competitive race with Democratic incumbent Rep. Ed Perlmutter.

While Frazier’s race has played almost no part in the conversation surrounding his candidacy or his success, it has been part of the national conversation on minority recruitment by the Republican party, and possibly a part of its success in November:

Liberal interpretations that portray modern conservatism as standing athwart the “rights revolution” of the 1960s are hard pressed to explain the growing number of minority and female candidates favored by the conservative rank and file. Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley, Susana Martinez, Brian Sandoval, Tim Scott, Ryan Frazier, Raul Labrador and Jaime Herrera are GOP nominees for the Senate, governorships and the House because Republican voters preferred them over their white opponents. Allen West in Florida and Jon Barela in New Mexico were the consensus GOP choices to run for competitive House seats. Many of these candidates are well-positioned to win their races and help change the public face of modern conservatism.

Frazier campaigned in the Denver suburbs (where the 7th CD is located) with Tim Scott of South Carolina in early September.


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