The Florida primary takes place tomorrow, with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich expected to spend their day slugging it out for Republican votes in the Sunshine State. But not Representative Ron Paul, who's instead scheduled a full day of campaigning in Colorado, a week before the February 7 caucuses here.
Included: a noon event in Denver that one supporter expects to attract at least a thousand Paul backers.
Paul's day will begin at 10 a.m. at the main ballroom of the Lory Student Center on the Colorado State University campus. Then, at noon, he'll turn up at the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec Street. And two hours later, he'll make a whistle-stop visit to the City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, 1575 Aviation Way in the Springs. Click here for more details.
The Paul operation is a grassroots effort, which means that organization isn't necessarily its strong suit. Matt Holdridge is officially listed as the Colorado state director for the campaign; we've requested an interview and will update this post when and if he responds. However, this information apparently hasn't filtered down to numerous supporters I've contacted in recent weeks. The most recent of them told me all commentary was being handled by national press secretary Gary Howard, who hasn't responded to an interview request placed last week.
But these communication snafus are counterbalanced by Paul's backers, who seem much more enthusiastic about his candidacy than do those lined up behind Romney, Gingrich and Rick Santorum, the fourth major hopeful still in the race. Comments from Paul backers have been popping up on posts of all types across our site, including those pertaining to marijuana. Why? One Paul fan refers to him as "the only candidate fighting for our state's right to be MMJ friendly."
His note to us concludes, "Spread the word and I'll see you with over 1,000 other freedom fighters at the Denver stop!"
No telling if this prediction about turnout will come true. But bet against him at your own risk.
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