BOULDER, Colo.—Darryl Glenn is answering questions from a group of college Republicans about poverty, religious liberty, Black Lives Matter, and culture. It’s difficult to hear him over a rendition of Rihanna’s “Disturbia” by an all-male a cappella group practicing in the classroom nextdoor.
“I feel like I’m in an episode of Glee,” he joked.
Glenn’s ease with potential voters and charismatic nature make it easy to see how he captured the nomination for Senate in Colorado in a crowded Republican field.
Glenn met with the young Republican group after being the featured guest at a conservative documentary screening at University of Colorado Boulder, part of his grassroots, “hit every venue” strategy to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet.
“That’s why I’m here, to get you guys excited about participating in these elections,” he told the students. “Because it’s so easy to just say, ‘Forget it, I hate all these candidates, they’re all corrupt, we’re not going to get involved.’”
Glenn doesn’t mention Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. When asked about whether he—a lesser-known county commissioner, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, and attorney—is trying to ride the outsider wave of the general election, he separates himself.
“I believe you need a leader,” he told the Washington Free Beacon. “And that’s where we’re really drawing that sharp distinction. You have to be willing to go into the areas that people are concerned about. There are under-served areas. It’s not enough to talk about issues, you need to go in there and talk to people and find out what issues they are encountering.”
“People want to get back to the freedom and liberty principles and actually dust off the Constitution and read it for once,” he said..