Lauren Boebert, a 33-year-old businesswoman who confronted presidential candidate Robert Francis ‘Beto’ O’Rourke during a public ceremony about carrying weapons, announced her nomination to the U.S. Congress on Dec. 8.
The young mother of four owns Shooter’s Grills restaurant in Rifle and hopes to run for the Republican Party primary in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.
Boebert became famous for crashing candidate O’Rourke’s event and showing her support for carrying arms and defending the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
In an interview with The Daily Wire, Boebert said she opted for a position in defense of carrying weapons after living through an incident in her business in which a man was beaten to death, so she thought it would be better if she and her staff could defend themselves.
Similarly, she expressed an interest in politics because of her past experiences, pointing out that she grew up in poverty, “My mom would hand me her EBT welfare card to go buy groceries and I remember feeling so bad about that, and then when I got my first job at McDonald’s and earned my first paycheck, I realized how much better that felt,” Boebert said.
“It made me start questioning all of the failed promises Democrats had made to my mom and so many adults in my life. (…) That thought process started taking me down a path where I read the Constitution and I started embracing conservative values. I started standing up for myself and empowering others to do the same, so I found a home in the Republican Party,” she added.
In the statement in which she announced her nomination to the Republican Party for the Colorado district, she said, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Squad and the rest of these left-wing lunatics are taking a wrecking ball to our country while our current representative stays utterly silent,” referring to the role of Republican Rep. Scott Tipton.
As for the proposals on the main issues that focus the attention of voters in her district, Boebert said, “Colorado’s 3rd CD is a rural district with lots of opportunities in energy, but in many ways has been left out of the new tech-based economy, and is now being taken over by policies being shoved our way by left-leaning Democrats that have taken over state government.”
“Making sure our energy industry is given every opportunity to succeed, fighting for fair access to markets and lowering the cost of health insurance by allowing it to be sold across state lines is a good start,” Boebert added.
Boebert also said patriotic and hardworking Americans were unwilling to support progressive Democratic policies such as the Green New Deal or socialized medicine, adding, a “belief in God, country, and family are what built the United States of America into the greatest nation the world has ever known,” according to The Colorado Sun.
On the question of why minorities, youth, and women should vote for Republicans, Boebert replied, “This is such a passion for me. I employ women and minorities and there is nothing more empowering than when they succeed on their own and don’t turn to the government for help.”
“They need to hear my story. I’ve been poor; I’ve lived through tough times; I’ve made mistakes – but I’m also living the American dream. I think we need more leaders that can share that message,” she added.
According to The Colorado Sun, Boebert said she is a supporter of Trump and that the district for which she will run gave its support to the current president during the 2016 presidential election.
“There is a battle for the heart and soul of our country that I intend on helping win,” she concluded.