by Chet Hardin
The Colorado Independent has a good article up about the troubles facing former Colorado Springs' Sen. Dave Schultheis's Republican Study Committee of Colorado, a conservative "non-lobbying," uh, support group.
This week, a third of the RSCC flock quit the committee, rejecting the would-be radical-right revival.
The RSCC claimed 34 Republican members in the state Legislature — 11 in the Senate and 23 in the House — prior to Tuesday. At least 10 legislators quit in the wake of allegations that it was crossing ethics boundaries in influencing lawmaker votes, directing legislative aides and meddling in the race for state GOP chairman.
The committee drew media attention this year for pushing Arizona-style anti-illegal immigration legislation. It held informational hearings that were stacked with anti-immigration witnesses, some with clear ties to white [supremacist] organizations.
This last paragraph seems wholly unfair. How else could one be expected to raise enough supporters for Arizona-style immigration legislation without tapping into a few white supremacist organizations?
The piece goes on to detail a number of setbacks, including the possible violations of lobbying laws. But despite RSCC's troubles, Colorado Springs' freshman Rep. Janak Joshi, and Sens. Kent Lambert and Bill Cadman appear to be hanging tight.