Joe O’Dea, the GOP Senate candidate from Colorado, attacked Trump


Joe O’Dea, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Colorado, fired back at Donald Trump on Monday after the former president called him a “RINO” and suggested Trump supporters wouldn’t vote for a “stupid” person like O’Dea. .

In remarks to CNN, O’Dea, the CEO of a Colorado construction company, didn’t back down from his criticism of Trump, including Sunday when he told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.” He would “actively” campaign against Trump and for other candidates, should the former president run again. O’Dea also told Bash that Trump should have done more to prevent the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

“I’m a construction guy, not a politician,” O’Dea said in a statement to CNN. “President Trump is entitled to his opinion, but I’m my own man and I’m going to call it like I see it. Another Biden, Trump election will tear this country apart. DeSantis, Scott, Pompeo or Haley would be better choices. This election should focus on Joe Biden’s failures – hyperinflation, a broken border, rampant crime, a war on American energy – not in a repeat of 2020. America must move forward.”

O’Dea, who has taken a more moderate stance on abortion rights than other Republicans, is a competitive race against Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in the blue state. Inside Elections’ Nathan L. Gonzales rates the likely Democratic race.

Trump attacked O’Dea on the Truth Social platform for his strategy to distance himself from the former president. Trump’s comments — which referred to the GOP nominee only as a “RINO,” or Republican — came less than a week after the Senate Leadership Fund donated $1.25 million to a pro-O’Dea super PAC and allegedly told local media. Bennet is “vulnerable”.