Lauren Boebert Is 'One-Trick Pony' Who Just Raises Money for GOP, Colorado Challenger Says

U.S Marine Corps veteran Gregg Smith is hoping to challenge one of the most controversial and high-profile freshman members of Congress in 2022—Colorado's Lauren Boebert.

Boebert has made a name for herself through social media posts, many of which have focused on her support for Second Amendment rights. She also owns a restaurant called Shooters Grill in the town of Rifle.

But Smith told Newsweek Boebert is exaggerating the threat to gun ownership and has done little to help residents in Colorado's 3rd congressional district, which she was elected to represent in November.

"My overall view of where Lauren is right now is that she's essentially a one-trick pony that no matter what is said or what is proposed, she screams liberal Democrats from Washington and Denver are coming for your guns," Smith said.

"And frankly, there's no-one coming for anyone's guns in Colorado district three," he said.

"Many of us are responsible gun owners. I can't imagine any candidate that is gonna have a realistic chance of winning Colorado district three is not going to be a recently pro-Second Amendment person.

Boebert made headlines for saying she would carry a gun into the U.S. Capitol and was recently criticized for appearing by video at a Congressional committee hearing with two guns prominently displayed behind her.

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"So she's a one trick pony. She raises a lot of money for the Republican party, but she's still done nothing for the people out here in the United States. She screams and hollers. It makes a big show, but she's just a bright, shiny object," Smith said.

Smith pointed to Boebert's opposition to the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package proposed by President Joe Biden and supported by the congressional Democratic leadership.

"I don't think she cares a whit about anyone out here in Western Colorado," Smith said.

Newsweek asked Boebert's office for comment but hadn't received a reply at the time of writing.

The Democrat emphasized the need to get the economy "kick-started" but also drew attention to the importance of infrastructure and healthcare and the role of good rural broadband in providing telemedicine.

Climate change is also a major aspect of Smith's agenda. He welcomed the Biden administration's decision to pause further oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters. Boebert strongly criticized the move.

He took time to highlight the need for more civility in national politics and offered a defense of patriotism.

"I think someone like me—I'm a moderate Democrat—where I can help shape the national agenda and the national discourse, it's really getting back to civility," he said.

"How do we bring civility to the Capitol, back to the White House, so we don't have our leadership in Washington throwing bombs at each other, sometimes literally, on a daily basis?"

"The patriotism of the people of Western Colorado, it's not fake, it's real and it's heartfelt," Smith went on. "And it is dismissed too often by both Republicans and Democrats on the West Coast and the East Coast and other pockets around the country.

"So to bring that to Washington, as a Democrat, representing a rural area, I think I can make a difference," he said. Smith's campaign will involve going to "one county at a time, one veteran group at a time."

"By the time we get to the general election, people are gonna know who Greg Smith is, and they're gonna know if I'm full of s**t or not," Smith said.

"And if I'm not full of shit they're gonna look at a veteran who lives in Western Colorado, who grew up in a very small rural area, who understands what we're trying to do out here, who's had a place in Colorado since 2008. And they're gonna say, this is someone that represents us."

Democratic Congressional Candidate Gregg Smith
Marine Corps Veteran Gregg Smith wants to challenge Congresswoman Lauren Boebert in 2022. Photo Courtesy of the Gregg Smith Campaign