COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO: The Colorado GOP Needs A Comeback. But First It Must Pick Someone To Lead It
Lockwood describes himself as an unconventional disruptor and an innovator. He believes the next chair needs to connect to all of the suffering people have faced during the pandemic and have ideas on how Colorado can rebuild.
“We also need to spread the good news and tell people it’s not all doom and gloom. You can be self-determined, you can succeed. You need to start planning for success, not for failure.
The last time Republicans wielded significant power at the ballot box was 2014 when they took control of the state Senate. That same year the GOP flipped a U.S. Senate seat from blue to red and won the races for Attorney General, Secretary of State and Treasurer. The previous year Republicans recalled two Democratic state lawmakers after the legislature passed several gun control measures.
Yet, nearly a decade later Colorado’s demographics have changed significantly. Unaffiliated voters now make up the largest percentage of the electorate. Over the past five years, the state’s Democratic Party has surpassed the GOP in registration, adding 222,018 active voters, while Republicans only grew by 70,336. More recently, in the week after the U.S. Capitol insurrection, nearly 5,000 Colorado Republicans left the party.
COMPLETE COLORADO: A 21st Century GOP with spirit and solutions
Column by: Jonathan Lockwood
A 21st Century Republican Party with spirit and solutions will improve the lives and livelihoods of all Coloradans. We do this by taking responsibility to expand our Party and by electing leadership equipped with the natural abilities to navigate today’s ecosystem. Leaders of the future must architect and advance solutions and success, to hold accountable those with power, privilege and position.
As sovereign beings we have the right to self-determinism, for equality under the rule of law, and for freedom to attain well-being and fulfillment. We must tap into this higher drive and meaning if we are ever to transcend our chaotic politics to transform our state and our nation. My purpose is for this idea to be our guide.
As the chair of the Colorado Republican Party, the first thing I will do is update and re-engineer the Party apparatus. All of the Party’s technology, including digital and social, must be brought into the 21st century. Every county party should be equipped with a streamlined, uniform website and social platform with the apps and support needed to easily distribute polished, professional communications. Aesthetics and professionalism matter. I will sit down with every county party to deep-dive into what is needed and wanted and ensure that they have the resources they need to organize and mobilize for success. We will have a GOP Bootcamp, with drills and training to equip leaders and their support with the hard skills to handle media, rallies, protests, communications and technology, and fundraising.
As a leader, manager, strategist and communicator I’ve helped save taxpayers billions of dollars a year. Take for example, I spearheaded the opposition to ColoradoCare (Amendment 69) a killer proposal that would have tripled Coloradans taxes to pay for a 26-member board of political appointees to be in charge of at least $25 billion a year budget, with health governance power and no oversight. I helmed ad campaigns, toured the state and collaborated with physicians and community leaders, and debated senators and public figures across the state and at Anschutz Medical Campus. I was the highest profile voice against the proposal and innovated a campaign that pulled Planned Parenthood, ProgressNow and NARAL to oppose the proposal. We defeated this health care killer 80 to 20 percent.
An ad campaign I crafted against the Iran nuclear deal was followed by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and landed Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., on the list of vulnerable Democrats that cycle. The $46,000 ad buy on ABC, CBS and NBC generated $1.2 million worth of coverage from Israel to New Zealand. Working with firearms manufacturer Radian Weapons, we used similar strategies and tactics to defeat a package of anti-self-defense legislation that would have restricted the right to carry pepper spray in public buildings and would have eliminated concealed carry in “spaces adjacent to public spaces,” and more. I’ve killed legislation with single press releases, from a coffee tax to a hospital tax. Using this kind of disruptive communications strategy, I was able to force Obama’s interior secretary Sally Jewel to meet with county commissioners she was ignoring in Colorado—saving the Colowyo coal mine.
We have to be the party of accountability. It takes talented, strategic and wise expertise. We can’t stop at taxes and firearms though. We have to be the party of humanitarian action. That means standing up for children, veterans and seniors.
We must be causative, not reactive.
Take for example: During the recalls of then-Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, center-right groups worked together. I ran a team of a dozen young activists and professionals on the ground in both cities monitoring the polls and catching Democrats up to no good. This and killing a huge tax hike, Amendment 66, were made possible because we were united, prepared and causative—and because, like in the other roles I’ve held, I held a key leadership role and was instrumental in strategy, communications and management.
With me as state chair, every county party will have an empowering leader who is an effective strategist, manager, and communicator, who they can learn from and replicate themselves the successful actions I took to achieve and create success for conservative solutions for Colorado. We need a strong, equipped and capable grassroots army that can operate as a united front, but also independently, dynamically and nimbly to disrupt the status quo and make gains.
Let’s plan for success. Let’s innovate. Let’s expand our party’s reach and influence. You can learn more about my vision, experience and statements at lockwoodforcolorado.com.
Jonathan Lockwood has been a management and communications consultant for a multitude of public figures, attorneys and organizations. He earned his master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications at Georgetown University and his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He completed fellowships in management, communications and policy with the Charles Koch Institute and the American Legislative Exchange Council, and sits on the national board of policy advisors for the Heartland Institute.
COLORADO SUN: Jonathan Lockwood only candidate to categorically condemn Jan. 6 riot
Only Lockwood said Republicans have a real problem stemming from the Jan. 6 riot. “I find it ridiculous that [Rich Mancuso] would say that this has not tarnished our brand and reputation,” he said. “This is more serious than I think a lot of people in the party are taking it.”
“The events of Jan. 6 have no place in our country,” Lockwood added. “… It wasn’t just foolish, it was bloody.”Read More »
DENVER WESTWORD: Jonathan Lockwood on His Bid to Lead the Colorado GOP
Millennial management, communications and organizing pro runs for party chair
“We need to talk about the future, not the past, and stop recycling the same old boring solutions so we can improve Colorado lives and livelihoods,” says Jonathan Lockwood, who hopes to succeed U.S. Representative Ken Buck as chair of the Colorado Republican Party; the vote takes place on March 27. “We need to be a more inclusive, more productive and more forward-looking party.”
Lockwood, who’s served as a spokesperson for dozens of organizations, lawmakers and candidates over the past decade or so, certainly has a keen grasp of modern communication, as witnessed by his busy Twitter account and a website devoted to his writings. And he built these skills brick by brick.
“I first got involved in politics at the tail end of my undergraduate years in college,” notes Lockwood, who studied journalism at Metropolitan State University of Denver prior to earning a master’s degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University. “I grew up in a moderate Republican family, and at the time, Republicans were, I think, really listening to voters, becoming more inclusive and working hard to reach out to different types of voters.”
After an internship through the office of ex-state representative B.J. Nikkel and hands-on efforts for various campaigns, including former congressman Mike Coffman’s successful 2012 race, he took on communication duties for Republicans in the Colorado House. In the years since then, he launched the local branch of Generation Opportunity, a millennial advocacy group, acted as the executive director for Advancing Colorado, which “works to advance a culture of opportunity and freedom through advocacy, education and outreach,” and assisted candidates and groups in both Colorado and Oregon.
“I’m unorthodox in my approach a lot of times,” he acknowledges. “I can be brash. But I really feel that the American people and, more specifically in this case, the people of Colorado, need a healthy Republican Party, because one-party rule and no credible opposition is not good for Colorado, whether we’re talking about lockdown procedures, employment or holding the executive branch accountable.
Unlike the other candidates for Colorado Republican Party chair (Scott Gessler, Kristi Burton Brown, Casper Stockham and Rich Mancuso), Lockwood doesn’t hesitate for an instant when stating that Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election, and he points out that “Colorado rejected Trumpism not once, but twice. Supporting or not supporting Trump is not a good measure of organizational management and communication prowess, and both are needed if we want to lead our state party to victory. We cannot continue to dwell on 2020. We need to look forward, especially to 2022.”
Lockwood doesn’t castigate “hardworking activists and well-intentioned people” for the troubles afflicting the Republican Party in Colorado. “I’m blaming political insiders who know exactly what they’re doing and don’t give a damn about outcomes of elections because it doesn’t change their lives,” he explains. “But Colorado is my home state, and I don’t like seeing the Colorado Republican Party shrink in numbers and impact — and that’s why I’m running.”
Adds Lockwood: “The Republican party has a tremendous opportunity to talk about unemployment, to talk about the cost of living, to talk about leveling the playing field so that we can, for example, democratize investing. We can talk about things like Blockchain technology within government to make things more transparent and secure.”
He concludes: “We should be the party of self-determinism, freedom and equality, and right now, we’re not. But we can be again if we rebuild and expand the party.”
DENVER POST: Colorado GOP seeks a leader after years of election losses
Jonathan Lockwood is the only candidate to accept the election results.
“If Republicans do not accept the fact that Joe Biden won this election and are willing to say it, we’re screwed,” said Jonathan Lockwood, a 32-year-old campaign consultant who is one of the candidates. “People are going to leave a party that refuses to accept election results.”
Lockwood was the only candidate to say unequivocally that the 2020 presidential election was not stolen.
When pressed by the debate moderator to show evidence of a stolen election, none did.
David Pourshoushtari, spokesman for the Colorado Democratic Party, said the GOP’s problems won’t be going away.
“Instead of focusing on sham recalls or legislation to make it harder for people to vote,” he said, “the Colorado GOP needs to look in the mirror and figure out why Colorado voters have rejected them so soundly over the past few cycles.”
The candidates only have a few more weeks to make their case before March 27, when the party’s central committee — a large group of party insiders and elected officials — will meet online to choose among them.Read More »
NEWSWEEK: Lockwood only GOP Chair Candidate to Condemn 2020 Election Conspiracy Theory
Jonathan Lockwood is the only candidate to accept the election results.
“If Republicans do not accept the fact that Joe Biden won this election…we are screwed,” Lockwood said.
[Former secretary of state and failed gubernatorial candidate] Gessler responded to Lockwood, saying: “Look, Jonathan, you’re just wrong.”
Brown criticized Gessler for bringing Dominion Voting Systems to Colorado. The firm has been the center of unsubstantiated allegations of improper conduct during the 2020 election and has filed major defamation suits against some of its most prominent detractors.
“We can’t have a Republican Party chair who has profited off of casting doubt on elections,” Lockwood said of Gessler.
Outgoing chair and serving Congressman Ken Buck defended the integrity of the election on December 3: “I think it’s so important for us to understand that our votes are not being manipulated,” he said.
COPOLITICS: Lockwood blasts opponents as “troika of failed politicians”
Lockwood: “I am running for chair against a troika of failed pandering politicians that have enriched themselves running multiple, totally failed: recall efforts, ballot proposals, and congressional campaigns. They are all incapable of leading @ColoGOP to victory.”
“Why don’t we get someone to lead the @ColoGOP who is actually going to move votes and be a leader?” he added.
Warning that the state party will “devolve into super-minority status and become totally defunct” if Republicans put Stockham in charge, Lockwood said in a statement, “I am the only candidate in this race with a proven track-record of orchestrating the type of media events and long-form political strategies to hold the Democrats accountable. There is too much at stake to continue going down this road to irrelevance.”
‘Crank up the volume’: Messaging maven who opposed Trump’s re-election mounts bid for Colorado GOP chair
A veteran Republican strategist and communications specialist who turned against President Donald Trump in the last election announced Monday that he’s running to chair the Colorado GOP.
Jonathan Lockwood, the 32-year-old campaign consultant and former party spokesman whose brash messaging was once labeled “flat-out deranged” by a newspaper editorial board, said he has the experience and skills to rebuild a party reeling from back-to-back drubbings at the ballot box in a state with an increasingly left-leaning electorate.
Lockwood ready to lead GOP as chair
Veteran political strategist Jonathan Lockwood says he’s ready to lead Colorado Republican Party
DENVER, Colo. — Republican spokesperson and political consultant Jonathan Lockwood announced Monday his intent to be Colorado’s next GOP chair.
Tensions Build In El Paso County GOP Over Leadership Election
The fight may also be a prelude to the likely heated contest for who will head the state party for the next two years. Congressman Ken Buck, the current chair, is not seeking the office again. So far three candidates have declared their interest in the job [including] consultant Jonathan Lockwood.Read More »