Colorado Republican candidate loves his Volt

Joe Coors for Congress

Colorado Republican congressional candidate Joe Coors bucks the trend in a new campaign commercial, which was filmed inside his Volt.

 

Are there actually Republicans who are in favor of plug-in vehicles? Well, Bob Lutz, the conservative GM exec who oversaw the development of the Volt, and President George W Bush, who signed the federal plug-in tax credit into law, come to mind. But more recently, opposition to EVs seems to be a solid plank in the party’s platform. Governor Romney mentioned Fisker and Tesla in last week’s presidential debate, and not in admiration. Attitudes towards the Chevy Volt among most Fox News commentators range from ridicule to visceral hatred.

Colorado Republican congressional candidate Joe Coors bucks the trend in a new campaign commercial, which was filmed inside his Volt. “I bet you don’t know many Republicans who drive hybrid cars,” says Coors, and goes on to say that, in his younger days, he tried to build an electric car in his garage. “I’m for alternative energy, but let’s also increase oil and natural gas production here at home.”
 
 
Is he for real? It sure looks like it. According to Denver Post columnist Lynn Bartels, Coors does indeed drive a 2012 Volt, although he could afford to drive any car he likes, and the Democratic tracker who follows Coors around has plenty of video of him and his Volt.