Ron Hanks the Republican state lawmaker who represents Dist. 60, who has spent barely a year in the Colorado statehouse, has filed to run for the Colorado U.S. Senate Seat held by U.S. Senator Michael Bennet. The paperwork was filed Friday morning. Other than confirming he is running, Hanks has made no other comments
Even before he was sworn in as a state representative, Ron Hanks, of Cañon City, began a disturbance on the floor of the Colorado House Chambers. It appears he has a pattern of disruption, which began even before his stint as a Fremont County Commissioner. He proudly says that he attended the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. He has repeatedly questioned the results of the 2020 election.
He was one of the leaders of the upbraiding of the Republican Colorado County Clerks this past spring, accusing them of somehow miscounting so they were at fault for losing Colorado for Donald Trump. He has pursued other county clerks, including Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell.
Just last week, Colorado Politics reported that Hanks joined dozens of state conservative lawmakers from around the country who signed on to a letter calling to throw out the results of the 2020 presidential election. Their reason — if enough states can’t pass a review modeled on the so-called forensic audit recently completed by Trump supporters in Arizona, then the election can’t be valid.
The GOP primary field for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat is already crowded, Hanks makes the sixth GOP primary candidate.