Greenwood Village, Colorado – Colorado GOP Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown released the following statement today regarding the costly recount set to take place in CD-03:
“From day one, Adam Frisch ran a disingenuous campaign, pretending to support ‘fiscal responsibility,’ and be a ‘conservative businessman’ and ‘fiscal conservative.’ Unfortunately, it’s become clear that Frisch is just a career politician who cleverly borrowed Republican talking points to disguise his far-left views.
“In the recount effort, he is doing the same thing and trying to have it both ways. While his media friendly talking points say that he is not in favor of wasting money on a recount, and acknowledges a recount won’t change the outcome, and he honorably wishes to concede, his actions say different. He has the unilateral power to prevent wasting Colorado taxpayer money on a frivolous recount if he would just do the honorable thing and withdraw from the race. So far he has refused to do that.
“A recount will be expensive—which is why Frisch is not asking his supporters to donate to it. Rather, he is sticking that bill to the Colorado taxpayers. If recounted by voting machines, the recount effort is estimated to cost taxpayers between $100,000 and $300,000. If recounted by hand, the recount is estimated to conservatively cost taxpayers between $1 million and $3 million.
“In his concession speech, Frisch acknowledged that ‘the voters have spoken.’ Given his alleged belief ‘in the integrity of elections in our great state of Colorado,’ he decided not to ask for a recount. Frisch was honest with his supporters and said, ‘the likelihood of this recount changing more than a handful of votes is very small.’ Frisch should now be honest with all the voters in Colorado’s Third District and withdraw from the race. He admitted that the odds of the recount changing anything are so insignificant that Democrat fundraisers should instead fund other groups—the same goes for taxpayers.
“Instead of funding a wasteful and frivolous recount, taxpayer dollars should go towards worthy causes that actually help Colorado’s Third District.”