PRESS RELEASE: It Has Been a Bad Two Weeks for Jared Polis
August 8, 2022


Heidi for Governor


It Has Been a Bad Two Weeks for Jared Polis


Greenwood Village, CO – It’s been a rough two weeks for Governor Jared Polis. Two weeks ago, a Denver Post piece surfaced about the indefensible behavior of his Emergency Management Director, Mike Willis. Since then, Polis has refused to answer any questions about how long he has known about this and why he has not held Willis accountable. To distract from his failures, Polis has launched an expensive and time-consuming investigation into the workplace environment at the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

And, just this past week, Polis sent what he calls an “instructional letter” along with your TABOR refund check. In reality, it is a campaign flyer dropped in that attempts to take credit for what he has shamefully renamed the “Colorado Cash Back”. Polis spent nearly $3 million in taxpayer money to make sure these checks were in mailboxes before the November election. A campaign finance violation has been filed against him for using state dollars to campaign for his reelection.

Republican Gubernatorial Nominee Heidi Ganahl is waiting for Polis to address both of these situations. First, she has called on Polis to fire Mike Willis and explain the reason for his inaction. Second, she has called on Polis to file his TABOR stunt as a campaign expenditure and repay the people of Colorado for the $3 million he spent without their approval.

“I’m surprised Governor Polis did not mail TABOR refund checks out with our ballots. Colorado needs a leader who will be transparent and honest. We should not have to wait one more day for Governor Jared Polis to address these important issues. Polis should focus on taking ownership for his missteps, instead of pulling another Joe Biden, and hiding from tough decisions while he hopes Coloradans are too busy worrying about affording their everyday lives to focus on yet another one of his personal leadership failures,” says Ganahl.


When did Polis learn about his emergency management director’s troubling behavior? He won’t say –  Read Here

Colorado emergency management chief under fire for hostile workplace – Read Here

Members of Polis administration defend OEM chief after allegations of threatening behavior – Read Here

The domineering leader of Colorado’s emergency responses has history of tirades, F-bombs and intimidation – Read Here

Amid claims of workplace abuses, state officials seek probe of Colorado’s emergency management agency – Read Here

After working to undermine TABOR for decades, Polis, Democrats now tout tax refund – Read Here

Colorado awards $35,000 contract for workplace assessment following allegations against emergency management director – Read Here

Democrats, including Gov. Polis, formally celebrate the TABOR refunds they tried to kill – Read Here

How much will sending out TABOR checks early cost taxpayers? – Read Here

Yadira Caraveo Admits the Election Factored Into Democrats’ TABOR Refund Stunt – Read Here

Reality check: Behind Colorado’s 2022 taxpayer refund – Read Here

Coloradans are getting a letter from Gov. Polis with their TABOR refund checks, and the GOP is crying foul – Read Here

Colorado Republicans criticize inclusion of letter signed by Polis with TABOR refund checks – Read Here

‘Cash Back Rebate’: Colorado Dems who tried to roll back TABOR now try to take credit for refunds – Read Here

Denver Gazette: Coloradans can cash the check, savor the irony – Read Here

Governor Polis renames TABOR refunds in election year maneuver: ‘A rose is a rose’ –  Read Here

Colorado GOP files complaint against Polis over governor’s letter touting TABOR refund – Read Here

Colorado Republicans allege Polis violating campaign finance rules with TABOR refunds – Read Here

Heidi Ganahl calls out Jared Polis on TABOR trick in potential violation of campaign finance laws – Listen Here

Colorado Republicans accuse Polis of electioneering with TABOR rebate letter  – Read Here


Media Contact:

Lexi Swearingen
Communications Director, Heidi for Governor
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