Former Olympic athlete and U.S. Air Force veteran, Eli Bremer, has announced he is launching a Republican Senate campaign in Colorado for the 2022 midterm elections. Bremer, 43, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and served 14 years as an officer. Bremer was on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for seven years then transitioned to the Air Force Reserve in September 2007 before transitioning back to Air Force Active Reserve in March 2008. Also in March 2008, Bremer was selected as a regional finalist for the prestigious White House Fellows Program for 2008-2009. He went on to represent the U.S. in modern pentathlon in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He also serves on a congressional committee studying reforms to the U.S. Olympic system. Bremer has never run for public office but was the El Paso County GOP chairman from 2011-2013. His father was a county commissioner. His uncle, Paul Bremer, was a presidential envoy to Iraq. A lifelong Republican, Bremer supported and worked on Trump’s successful 2016 campaign for the White House. Bremer, who lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and 6-year-old son, said he “had the chance to travel the globe, and that gave me a profound appreciation for what we have here in America.”
What Does Bremer Say About Running?
“Having twice worn the uniform of our nation, in the military and in the Olympics, I am concerned that the country I have represented is being sold out by self-interested politicians,” Bremer said in a statement. Bremer said “as the next U.S. Senator from Colorado, I will work for pragmatic solutions that positively impact Colorado and America. I’m watching right now as our nation is sort of falling apart and saying, ‘I can’t sit on the sidelines anymore,’” Bremer took aim at current Governor Michael Bennet, saying “in 12 years, he has authored one piece of legislation that has been signed into law. One.” Michael Bennet was Denver public schools superintendent when he was appointed to the Senate in 2009. He narrowly won a full six-year term in 2010 and was reelected in 2016 by nearly six points. Bremer predicted that “people here are living every day seeing the consequence of failed Democratic policies and there will be a backlash, and running a good campaign with a candidate who brings commonsense traditional Colorado values to the table, we have a chance to do something special and win that Senate seat.” While Colorado has been leaning left in recent years, Republicans hope to turn that around with the 2022 midterm elections. They currently see Colorado just behind Arizona, Georgia, New Hampshire and Nevada, the GOP’s top four states that can make or break elections.
Eli Bremer kicked off his campaign with an online ad holding a sign of Bennet’s face with the words “MISSING” and “HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN.” Bremer claims Bennet “spends more time at cocktail parties in D.C.” or “talking with voters in New Hampshire” than in Colorado. This is not the first time Bremer has come for part of the Democratic party. “We’re already seeing high inflation, that’s being caused by the single-party (Democratic) control in Washington, D.C.,” Bremer said in an interview. “They’re pumping trillions of dollars of liquidity into the system through deficit spending and that’s very dangerous.” Bremer was asked whether he’d support the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package Democrats are currently pushing. He noted that “we do need to invest in broadband across America, we do need to invest in roads and bridges” but added “I’m deeply concerned about the massive amount of money that we’re pumping into the economy.” He is not the only Republican to raise questions about the bill and the spending, which will come with it. Will these be the types of issues Bremer will tackle if he is voted in as Senator? Will Bremer be able to finally sway Colorado back to the right side of the line?
Written by: Erinn Malloy