Controversial Colorado state Rep. Ron Hanks was only sworn in to the state legislature earlier this year, filed papers on Friday to challenge Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) in the 2022 midterm elections.
Hanks was described by The Denver Post as "an outspoken 2020 election denier who attended the Jan. 6 rally at the U.S. Capitol."
Hanks is also known as Loren Hanks, which is the name he used in 2010 when he was the unsuccessful Republican nominee for Congress in California's first congressional district. He lost to Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) in a landslide.
"Hanks is a relative newcomer to Colorado politics, first elected to the statehouse last November. He puzzled fellow lawmakers by not showing up for the start of the 2020 legislative session, and at the close of the session he forced a vote of the House GOP caucus in an unsuccessful attempt to oust Minority Leader Hugh McKean," The Denver Post reported. "Hanks also joked about lynching on the floor of the House in April, prompting criticism from Democrats and Black lawmakers in particular."
Hanks also promoted a QAnon propaganda movie about the controversial audit of the vote in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Watch a local Colorado newscast grapple with how to report on Hanks' controversial comments:
Colorado lawmaker: Three-fifths compromise was not 'impugning anyone's humanity' www.youtube.com