Who is Randy Voepel? Granddad of Colorado Springs Club Q shooter was former California mayor

Suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich’s grandfather is allegedly a Republican state lawmaker in the California State Assembly

Who is Randy Voepel? Granddad of Colorado Springs Club Q shooter was former California mayor
Randy Voepel a California assemblyman and Republican in San Diego is the grandfather of the Colorado nightclub shooting suspect (@Asm Randy Voepel/Instagram and Screenshot/News9)
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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO: Anderson Lee Aldrich, accused of killing five people and injuring 25 at Club Q in Colorado Springs, is the grandson of Randy Greg Voepel, a Republican state lawmaker in the California State Assembly. He is also the former Santee mayor. 

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According to Daily Mail, the mugshots and further details of the accused are yet to be revealed by the police. Here are some details about Voepel, who is reportedly Aldrich's grandfather. 

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Who is Randy Voepel?

Randy Voepel was elected to represent California’s 71st Assembly District in 2016. However, he lost his seat to a primary challenger in August. He was Santee City Council between 1996 and 2000. Later, he served as Mayor between 2000-2016. He has served two tours in the conflict with the US Navy. Meanwhile, he had also worked for forty years in the insurance industry. reported his official website. 

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The assembly district he represented included San Diego’s East County and backcountry, including El Cajon, Ramona, Lakeside, Alpine, Santee, and Spring Valley. The district also covers a mountainous portion of Riverside County, including Idyllwild, Mountain Center, and Valle Vista. He also serves as the vice-chair of the Veterans Affairs, Aging & Long-Term Care, and Public Employment & Retirement committees and a member of the Insurance, Local Government, and Joint Legislative Audit committees.

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Voepel was born in 1950 and was enlisted in the United States Navy. He was also aligned with the Tea Party movement at one point and is currently aligned with the republican party and has received the Combat Action Ribbon and military awards. 

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He landed into trouble during the Capitol attack for an insensitive comment, “This is Lexington and Concord. First shots fired against tyranny, Tyranny will follow in the aftermath of the Biden swear-in on January 20th,” Voepel said. For this remark in an article in Sandiego union tribune, The Truman National Security Project sent a letter to the state Assembly requesting to expel him. However, later, he explained, “What I meant by Lexington and Concord was, that was how some people would see it,” he said, stressing that he was not glorifying the siege." Further, he continued, "The left has their crazies, and the right has their crazies, and I don’t support either one,” Voepel said. “I support the First Amendment and the ability to protest, as long as you keep it peaceful.”

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