Owen Hill touts Tea Party endorsement in GOP Senate primary
DENVER — The Tea Party Express officially endorsed state Sen. Owen Hill in his bid for the GOP’s U.S. Senate nomination on Monday.
The official announcement came at the Capitol, where representatives of the organization and other supporters touted Hill as someone who will bring “new ideas” to the party and, if elected, to Washington, DC.
Hill, 31, is in his second year as a state lawmaker.
“Owen’s strong and deliberate pursuit of reform policies will strengthen our economy, decrease our debt, and restore constitutional principles. Such leadership is in short supply in our nation’s Capitol,” said Amy Kramer, the director of Tea Party Express.
“I have no doubt that Hill will join that new wave of conservative leaders in the US Senate that have bucked the establishment of both parties to tackle America’s unsustainable debt, crippling taxes, and intrusive, big-government policies.”
In his bid to win the GOP nomination, Hill faces Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, whose strong support from the Tea Party wing of the party helped him win a close 2010 Senate primary over Jane Norton, as well as state Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument, and state Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs.
While the endorsement may help in a primary field of conservative candidates, Democrats believe the Tea Party label will hurt Hill, should he move on to challenge U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, who’s seeking a second term this fall.
“Considering Owen Hill proudly joined Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and pushed a government shutdown, it’s no surprise that he’s proud of this endorsement from the reckless Tea Party Express,” said Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio in a statement.
“Coloradans are fed up with Washington-style politics that values partisan games and brinkmanship over common-sense solutions and getting things done. Owen Hill’s ideology tour on the Tea Party Express will only drive Colorado and the country over the cliff of recklessness.”