Last week on Colorado Public Television's Colorado Inside Out, Dave Kopel showed real independence, not allegiance to the ideology of the right-leaning Independence Institute, where he works, when he called Democrat Morgan Carroll "formidable" and a "really excellent" candidate to take on Republican Rep. Mike Coffman next year.
Kopel, who also praised Coffman, has a reputation as an arch conservative, but he also has an admirable independent streak. And it was good to see him calling the Aurora congressional race like he sees it, rather than caving to Coffman backers who undoubtedly swarm around Kopel's office.
Kopel (Watch at 7:35 here): She is a formidable candidate. Her political skills are not only the ones she's developed in her own life, but her political DNA is about as powerful as you can have in Colorado... The Carroll family has been involved, usually as winning candidates, in Colorado politics since the 1930s. So she is going to be very strong. And Mike Coffman works very hard. So I think you can look at this as a national A plus versus A plus marquis match up of really excellent candidates on both sides.
Kopel, who's a regular guest on the Channel 12 public affairs show, is best known nationally as a fierce opponent of gun control measures. He's been involved in Second-Amendment cases across the country, and even before the U.S. Supreme Court. He's an expert on a wide range of topics, including the Virgin Mary.
Carroll formally announced her run against Coffman earlier this month.