Attorney General Phil Weiser campaigns for re-election in Aspen and Snowmass Village

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser is up for re-election and a second four-year term.

His opponent is John Kellner, a Republican and the district attorney for the 18th Judicial District, which includes Douglas and Arapahoe counties on the Front Range.

Weiser, a Democrat, held a fundraiser at Snowmass Village on Saturday and spoke at a meeting Sunday at the Pitkin County Library.

He also came to Aspen Public Radio on Monday and was asked how his re-election campaign was going.

“I feel like we’ve accomplished a lot, as I look at the work we’ve done,” Weiser said. handed over $85 million to help consumers who were ripped off, and we worked hard to defend our democracy.

“Not to mention reproductive rights, another issue that people are concerned about with the Dobbs decision.

“I want people to look at my case and decide if I deserve four more years as a people’s advocate. I think we’ve done a great job in all of those areas and more,” Weiser said. “We still have work to do, which is why I want to continue serving as Attorney General.”

Weiser has his re-election case, but there’s a lot to unpack.

For example, is the state’s tougher new fentanyl law, where more than one gram of the drug is a felony, a throwback to the harsher drug penalties of the past?

“The problem with our old law was that you could have about 70 counterfeit pills on you, or if you had pure fentanyl, enough to kill 2,000 people, and that was classified as a misdemeanor,” Weiser said. dealers to get a freedom to operate and literally lead to people’s deaths. This is unacceptable.

“I have spoken to mothers who have lost children who bought what they thought was a Xanax or an Oxycodone pill, but it was fentanyl presented as a counterfeit pill. We need to be able to prosecute these dealers. That’s what this new law does.

“And by reducing the amount, we give resellers less freedom to operate by keeping, say, 70 pills, and claiming it’s for their own use,” Weiser said. “Our goal is not to criminalize users.”

Regarding the Colorado River basin and the continued effects of aridification, Weiser said the state of Colorado intends to increase its measurement of water use by irrigators and others.

“We need to find a range of solutions that will be smart, innovative and ideally done in a collaborative spirit,” Weiser said. “The way I would start, from a hierarchy, is that we need a much better measure of what’s going on. So the challenge of measuring water is a challenge that the law on infrastructure calls us to rise and we have funds that we can invest in more measures.

The Colorado Attorney General also noted that the upper basin states are compliant with the Colorado River Compact.

“Colorado and the upper basin states remained in compliance,” Weiser said. “We actually tightened our belts, because we are an upstream state.

“Meanwhile, the lower basin states have continued to overdraw, more than they are allowed to, and they have now depleted those reservoirs. We turn to them: what are you going to do?

“And ideally they’ll ask us for help, because we’ve done conservation here in Colorado and now we’re working on reuse, and they need to start getting into it,” he said.

Another issue we discussed was election security. Did he think that if the Republicans lost in the next Colorado election, they would say the election was rigged?

“I’m nervous about this question,” Weiser said. “We cannot take it for granted that our democratic republic will always work. What we have to do is make our institutions work as they are supposed to.

“If people have concerns about the election, they can call for a recount. Tina Peters just did that in the Secretary of State primary.

“You can go to court if you have allegations of fraud, but you can’t just make things up and object without any basis. That won’t be tolerated by the courts,” he said. “And in 2020 it came to nothing, and we have to do our best to make sure that in 2022 and 2024 we continue to honor the election results.”

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