This article first appeared in the October 20, 2011 Estes Park News. You can check out the photos as well in the Estes Park News on-line editionuntil Thursday (page 47). Thank you to the Estes Park News for covering local events.
Straw Poll in Estes Park
By Michelle Hurni
A slice of Estes Park residents gathered at Village Pizza on Monday, October 17 for a social to discuss political ideas with like minded friends. The group of over 75 included military veterans, former school teachers, business owners, airline pilots, scientists, Democrats, independents, Republicans and Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith.
A straw poll was conducted over pizza, with businessman Herman Cain capturing 58% of republican votes. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney took second, with 17%. Michelle Bachmann and a write-in for“undecided” each captured 7%. The remaining votes went to other candidates, with 5% or less for each. On the Independent and Democrat side of the coin, not one selected re-electing President Barack Obama, but no write-ins were noted.
The theme the group agreed on for moving the United States of America in the right direction was overwhelmingly for limiting government spending and power, with business and the economy coming in a strong second. While progressive and liberal press focuses on the “occupy” movement, and claims the Tea Party is losing steam, the concerned Estes Park group remains focused on their basic values of smaller government, following the constitution, a balanced budget and self dependence, not government dependency.
In a poll that only 3% of the group chose “national security and foreign policy” as the number 1 priority moving forward, it appears businessman Herman Cain will have a good chance at gaining the nomination for the Republican party, despite many in the mainstream saying he’s unelectable because he’s never held public office and he’s too conservative. The same was said about Ronald Reagan by Gerald Ford in 1980. The field is still open, with the primaries scheduled to begin in January 2012.
The event was kept lighthearted, yet educational with trivia. Correct answers to the questions, how many amendments are in the U.S. Constitution (27); and what is the current national debt ($14.9 trillion) received Kristi’s Konservative Kookies.
Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith talked about the great state of Colorado and how lucky the residents are that control is kept at a local level.
Future events for the Estes Park Tea Party Patriots will be posted on TeaLiberty.com, or via e-mail (email@example.com).
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