In a deep-blue city where Republicans make up only about 11% of all registered voters, the Denver GOP is attempting to shift its strategy to stay relevant.
Enter Garrett Flicker, the county party’s newly elected chair — who, at 25, is the youngest and first openly gay man to ever lead the group.
- He also serves as vice president of the state chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans in Colorado, a national LGBTQ organization.
The state of play: With former President Trump out of office, the Republican Party is "flailing" in the midst of an "identity crisis," Flicker tells Axios.
- But a lack of direction "gives us the opportunity to redefine what we are and what our role is going forward in Denver," the Colorado Springs native added.
- Flicker hasn't shied away from hot-button social issues, penning a Gazette commentary last month in which he wrote he believes transgender students should play organized sports in their own leagues.
What’s next: He wants to make inroads with Denver’s racial and ethnic minorities to build relationships and gain their vote.
- "Republicans talk a big game about wanting to be in these groups, but we don’t host any events with them. ... It’s just super silly."
- He also wants the party to target the 2023 municipal elections — specifically in an effort to unseat two self-identified Democratic socialists, City Council member Candi CdeBaca and school board member Tay Anderson.
The bottom line: "The Republican brand in Denver isn’t the most palatable," he said, acknowledging any road to regaining political power will be a long and rocky one.
This story first appeared in the Axios Denver newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.
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