The Nevilles themselves have drawn criticism at times for their hard-right views. Just this week, Colorado Democrats slammed them over a digital ad attacking state Rep. Brianna Titone, an Arvada Democrat and the legislature’s first transgender lawmaker.
The 30-second spot, which ran in a limited capacity on Facebook, uses Titone’s “dead name” — the name a transgender person used before they transitioned — to highlight a police interaction the lawmaker had years ago that was promptly resolved without charges. It also baselessly accuses her of sexualizing children, playing to a false myth that has been used to smear transgender people.
Titone called the ad “transphobic.” The Colorado Democratic party said it was “disgusting.”
Joe Neville, whose Rearden Strategic and conservative group Take Back Colorado is behind the ad, defended it in an interview with The Colorado Sun. “Those are just facts,” he said when asked why he used Titone’s dead name in the ad. “That’s not transphobic. That’s facts.”
The tactic may have backfired for the GOP. Titone solicited donations after the ad was aired and apparently raised a good deal of money.
“Thank you all so much for your generous contributions to help me defend myself against the baseless transphobic attacks,” she tweeted Thursday night. “We had 236 individual contributions over the last 24 hours. The outpouring of support means so much and I’m feeling the love.”
Democrats hold 41 seats in the Colorado House compared to 24 held by Republicans.
Republicans are not expected to take back control of the Colorado House after the election and, in fact, could end up losing even more seats.
Democrats also control the governor’s office and the Colorado Senate — an advantage they are expected to maintain after Election Day.
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