Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, who has been linked to the QAnon conspiracy movement, will face a Republican primary challenge from a state lawmaker who called her a “juvenile antics” of embarrassment.
Don Coram, a GOP state senator from Colorado’s West Slope, will appear in the June primary ballot after election officials announced Tuesday that he had collected enough valid signatures. His qualification sets up a heated primary race that Coram says he will use to highlight the controversies that have surrounded Boebert and what he calls the representative’s lack of first-term results.
Coram’s campaign told Newsweek in a statement Tuesday that Boebert is more interested in being “a right-wing celebrity pundit rather than a representative of the people she is paid to represent.” The statement said Coram is known for “building bipartisan coalitions, finding solutions to real problems” while serving in the Legislative Assembly since 2011.
“I will explain to primary voters why I am the most qualified candidate to represent them and their families,” Coram said in the statement. “Enough! Let’s make Lauren’s first term in Congress her last.”
First elected to Congress in 2020, Boebert quickly became a controversial political figure for doctoring far-right conspiracy theories and making inflammatory remarks.
While running for office, Boebert spoke enthusiastically of the QAnon conspiracy theory, saying “this could be really great for our country.” The theory centers on “Q,” a shadowy senior government official whose anonymous posts described how former President Donald Trump secretly battled a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles.
Boebert suggested that the “Clinton Crime Family” was responsible for the death of a local journalist in Alabama. She was also criticized for making Islamophobic comments to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar suggesting the Muslim lawmaker might be a terrorist.
Newsweek contacted Boebert’s campaign for comment.
Coram and Boebert have already traded barbs as they battle for the House seat representing much of western Colorado.
Shortly after Coram announced he would seek the seat, Boebert’s campaign attacked Coram accusing him of using the seat to make millions from growing hemp, which he called “lies , lies and fucking lies,” Colorado Politics reports. Coram accused Boebert of improperly profiting from oil and gas payments made to her husband.