COLO. SPGS.– Americans for Prosperity Colorado State Director Jeff Crank has traveled the state pitching the non-profit organization’s values of limited government, lower taxes and economic freedom – but his frequent flyer miles are going to pile up even faster after being named AFP Interim Chief Operating Officer last week.
Crank will be commuting weekly from his home in Colorado Springs to AFP’s national headquarters in Arlington,Virginia, and replaces outgoing COO Tracy Henke.
Though he was offered the position, Crank said his heart is in Colorado and instead agreed to lead the search for the grassroots organization’s permanent COO.
Over the next six months, Crank will also oversee structural changes in the organization, influenced to some degree by an evaluation of the organization’s education outreach over the past few years. As COO, he will also assist in planning field operations, communications and policies.
“I believe I can help make that transformational change,” said Crank.
Since AFP was formed in the 2004, the grassroots movement has established chapters in 35 states and gained more than 2.3 million activists across the nation. Under Crank’s leadership, the Colorado chapter gained more than 67,000 followers since 2009.
“I’m a little sad about no longer being Colorado’s state director, I’ve really enjoyed it,” said Crank. “I really have mixed emotions. I nurtured the Colorado chapter from the ground floor.”
AFP will name a new director for the Colorado chapter by March, and Sean Paige continues to serve as state Deputy Director.
Fans of The Jeff Crank Show on 740 KVOR radio will be relieved to know the show will go on whether the Saturday morning talk radio show host is in Coloradoor Virginia. Before hosting the show, Crank gained popularity as a Republican 5th Congressional District candidate in 2006 and 2008, a seat held by U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn.
After serving as former Congressman Joel Hefley’s administrative director in Washington,D.C. from 1991 – 1998, Crank and his wife Lisa returned to Colorado Springs to raise their two children.
“The lifestyle of Colorado is what I grew up with and on weekends I like to hunt elk and deer,” said Crank, who also is President of the Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition in El Paso County.
According to Crank’s official bio, his favorite hunting buddies are his son Joel and their dog, Indy, “a great friend and fierce hunting Hungarian Vizsla. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, who has put up with him for over two decades and his daughter, Jessica, who melts his heart.”