Meet the libertarian mayor behind one of Colorado’s most thriving towns

On last night’s Glenn Beck Program, guest-host Dana Loesch sat down with Mayor Mike Dunafon of Glendale, Colorado to talk about the community he has created based on libertarian principles. Dana, who has visited the small town on the outskirts of Denver, said Dunafon “has made it in way you could achieve only in America.”

Dunafon’s background and rise in local politics has certainly been unique. “He owns a castle, he owns a strip club, and he owns a church — oh and he’s also the mayor,” Dana quipped.

A former NFL player, Dunafon returned to the United States after sailing the British Virgin Islands for over a decade and met his fiancé. She owned Shotgun Willie’s, a popular strip club in the “crumbling little place” of Glendale, which the city was trying to shut down. According to Dunafon, the city was jealous of her success – she employed over 300 people – and wanted her land.

That was the catalyst that began Dunafon’s political career. With just 31 days to go before the next election, he went door-to-door to register voters, and he ended up winning the election in a landslide. Today, Glendale is known as Rugbytown USA, and it is flourishing under the principles of small, deregulated government.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4HAW7OERGSC7VZM72V7IGDJ3B4 Sharmane

    If we could only duplicate this all across the country.  

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    A success story, and I wish him fortune in the future.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Same here, same here.

  • ken.

    we can if we start a community activist organization to fight for our voice to be heard instead of being drowned out by lies spread about us by the democrat/republican/progressive/socialist/communist/marxist one party system we have now.

  • E Van

    Need a transcript for deaf and hearing-impaired.

  • Guest

    Great story, but so what? Beck is no libertarian. He’s a neo-con supporter of American Empire and corporate fascism. Libertarianism is for the confused who do not understand who the enemies of America are: Exxon/Mobile, IBM, Koch Industries., Microsoft, Apple, Nike, McDonalds, etc, etc, etc.

    It is Glenn Beck’s function to keep you confused and misguided, and he’s very CONvincing. 

  • S. Ploughman

    Please!

  • Guest

    “Please!”

    Translation: you’re one of the conned dupes of corporate fascism. 

    You’re in good company here.

  • S. Ploughman

    Like all socialists you have a need to attack when you are wrong.
    I pity people like you! So Sad!

  • Guest

    You’re wrong: I’m anti-socialist. I’m not attacking; I’m pointing out what is obvious to anyone who’s not duped by neo-fascist propaganda. Beck is a corporate shill. I pity anyone who thinks he’s honest. So pathetic!

  • S. Ploughman

    I will pray for you and your anger. God Bless.

  • greywolfrs

    Hey, it’s vicki tiffany the coward. Hey stupid, as you rail against those corporations, you are using them to get to this website and post this drivel. Your computer, most likely, has Windows or MacIntrash OS, the hardware was produced by a big corporation. You are probably using internet service from one of those same big corporations also, like Verizon, Time Warner or the like.
     
    We Libertarians understand exactly who the enemy is, people like you, who would give up freedom and go against the Constitution when ever it does not suit you.
     
    Talk about hypocrites, you are the epitome.

  • greywolfrs

    People would have to vote for Libertarians…

  • greywolfrs

    Then vote Libertarian.

  • greywolfrs

    I disagree, I think people are coming around all on their own. People are seeing that Democraps and Republicans have been screwing them for far too long. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes hitting people in the head with a brick to get them to realize. Look at vicki tiffany, he comes here daily to slander Glenn, he is a perfect example of someone who never get it.

  • greywolfrs

    This is exactly the things Libertarians have been saying for decades. This is PROOF that small government has always been the answer. This is answer proof that if government was the answer, than it was stupid question.

  • Anonymous

    This should wake up unemployed ubir-libs who are living with their parents.

  • greywolfrs

    I disagree, I am not sure there is anything, short of hitting them in the head with a brick, that could do that. Hitting them in the head with a brick may not even work.

  • Bella Angel

    We can start a community activist organization to fight for our voice to be heard instead of being drowned out by the lies the of the Republican, Democrat, Socialist, Communist, Marxist, one party system we have now. This man is a success story and I wish the best for the future!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry but it is righteousness that exalts a nation…this is just unrighteousness whitewashed with a Rugby Field.  Quite sad that they treat women this way and say well – at least the economy is good.

  • Anonymous

    The libertarian ideal is like the marxist ideal in that it naively assumes that groups of people behave in ways that are, in reality, contradictory to human nature.  Both ideologies produce civilizations that are unable to compete in the modern world because neither accounts for the dynamics of power and control among individuals and groups.  Neither understands that the whole behaves differently than its individual parts. Libertarian principles may work in confined, homogeneous communities, but on a larger scale, it’s a recipe for disaster.  

  • Anonymous

    You are part of the idiots that govern this country. I stand by who said: once you are 18 you responsible for your own life. You can drive, you can vote, you can work, and I think you shoul be alowed, by the stupid law, to drink. It is you responsability where you take your life. You do something stupid you should pay the price. No more NANY concept until you are 26………and that regardless if you are female or male. Sorry for the harsh words…..

  • soybomb315

    Yea right….There was a guy named Ron Paul who was the most humble, mild-mannered politician around – a husband of 40 years with no divorce, vices, or affairs….And the republicans/conservatives could not get over the fact that his policies would remove the federal government from the personal decisions people make.

    “If we could only duplicate this all across the country.”
    If you are lamenting – you are correct
    If you are hoping – you are incorrect (for the reasons i stated)

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    We
    can start a community activist organization to fight for our voice to
    be heard instead of being drowned out by the lies the of the Republican,
    Democrat, Socialist, Communist, Marxist, one party system we have now.
    This man is a success story and I wish the best for the future!

  • Tom Musso

    Why don’t you show your name if you are so convinced in your ideas?  Probably because you know you are wrong.  Remember, always throw in the Koch brothers when you are attacking.  How predictable.  We don’t need dopes like you coming on this site and tearing down Glenn.  We know his motives and we sure as heck don’t know yours.  The only one confused is you.  

  • Anonymous

    He’s pro-gay marriage, pro-marijuana, and while he makes no comment about abortion I’d venture he’s not in favor of making it illegal.  There’s no way in hell yall would ever vote for this guy.

  • Anonymous

     You’re right the mega coporations are largely bad.  But libertarianism does not seek to protect them.  Read Nassim Taleb’s “Black Swan”, a free market is not only the most anti-fragile economic system but even though you get a few at the top that are loaded that few is shifting all the time.  Very few of the top 500 companies from 1960 were still in the top 500 in 1990.  Dumb luck largely determines success or failure and gives everyone a chance and ensures that many won’t stay there for long.

    With more government involvement the corporations use their influence to to remain at the top and make it difficult for challengers.  Established companies spend very little time innovating and most of their time lobbying and on patent suits to maintain their monopoly status.  I think some pragmatic controls would be good, especially on a lot of the financial stuff, but libertarianism is hardly large corporation friendly.  Remove the protections and force them to be innovative to avoid being taken over by the competition.

  • Alan Lee

    This man is fantastic!!

  • ken.

    if you don’t get the word out nobody will have anything to come around to.

  • Guest

    I will mock you for your gullibility. God help you.

  • Guest

    Glenn Beck is fascistic!!

  • http://sharethisurlaboutglennbeck.com/ Gadamer too

    Just so long as we understand how much you HATE freedom.

  • Guest

    The one-party system we have now is corporatism, infecting our Republic with fascism. 

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Detroit could borrow him for a year or so.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a libertarian.  I like the guy.  I just think most of the people here would never vote for him due to those issues.

  • Pamela Peltonen

    While I don’t appreciate the low morals this town has set for themselves, I agree with the concept. I wouldn’t want to live in a town founded on a brothel, but whatever floats your boat.

    I’d love to see a town founded by religious conservatives with high moral standards for it’s citizenry. I’d want to move there for sure!

  • Anonymous

    Dana Loesch is so beautiful…….inside and out.

  • Anonymous

     just more right-wing ideology from fox and friends

  • Anonymous

    sorry, not impressed.  This guy flaunts marriage; decency (strip club?)  “only way these women can make $?” sure…they could learn a decent trade,  nursing, medical anything, tech for computers, asst. teacher etc.  but Strip Club?     OH, well,  it does prove that Capitalism works…just not ready for the ‘anything goes’ of Libertarianism …that’s like winning the battle and loosing the war. 

  • Guest

    ..along with a long list of other reasons. Libertarianism is marginalized in the US because people WANT the gov’t protecting the welfare of We the People. In fact, the Framers wanted government to protect the welfare of We the People.

    Libertarianism is fascism by another name, i.e., corporate domination of our “Republic.”

  • Guest

    ..along with a long list of other reasons. Libertarianism is marginalized in the US because people WANT the gov’t protecting the welfare of We the People. In fact, the Framers wanted government to protect the welfare of We the People.

    Libertarianism is fascism by another name, i.e., corporate domination of our “Republic.”

  • Tannim

     Try Gillman Springs, California, then.

    And Willie’s is not a brothel, either–it happens to be the strip club with the hottest girls and best food and drink under one roof in the state.