February 27, 2014

Colorado in the News

A very good mix-up today for pragmatic, Centennial State Republicans. Cory Gardner (R - CO4) will run for the Senate against Mark Udall (Scion - CO). Ken Buck will run for his vacated congressional seat, and Amy Stephens will end her primary campaign and endorse Gardner.

Jason Riley at the WSJ notes this is a strong play for the GOP and puts the Senate seat in play. An acrimonious primary is obviated and a top-tier candidate is recruited. I like Buck and will be happy to have him as my Congressman -- he would have to work to lose this district.

Some of my libertoid and Tea Party friends are not sure about Gardner's bona fides, but this pragmatist is pretty happy.

To sum it up, All Hail Taranto:

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Colorado Posted by John Kranz at February 27, 2014 6:34 PM

"He voted for the Patriot Act" they say, but so did every other Colorado congressman (and none of the democrats, but I'm sure not supporting a democrat over this single issue.) Also, I think they may have already had a pretty solid commitment to state senator Owen Hill, also in the race.

I was looking at Hill but fully expected Buck to get the nomination. I've been through a few of these cycles and have learned, like it or not, that the guy with the name recognition has a huge advantage in retail politics, both at the caucus and primary level. There's good cause for this, as each office serves as a vetting process for a higher one. Cory Gardner could be competing against the next Ronald Reagan and still win nomination handily.

Now, were Hill a current US Congressman and Gardner the state senator their fortunes would be exactly the opposite of what they are now. I hope Owen does seek a more prominent office. Quickly. Michael Bennet's term is up in '16.

Posted by: johngalt at February 27, 2014 7:18 PM

Three Sourcers have always been good about putting their money where their mouths are. However, beating Udall is going to take a lot of grassroots work. Thus, The Refugee challenges all Colorado-based Three Sourcers to volunteer to help the campaign in addition to a financial contribution; he will be signing up today.

ps, This will likely apply to Bob Beauprez when he announces to challenges Hickenlooper for guv. (The Refugee hopes to woo JK back from the dark side to that of goodness and light.)

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at March 3, 2014 10:38 AM

There is much power on the dark side . . .

I do not get you br, I've nothing against Mr. Beauprez.

Posted by: jk at March 3, 2014 1:03 PM

Except, perhaps, that he's already tried and lost. Like Tancredo. Keep in mind that is why Gardner replaced Buck for the Senate race.

Posted by: johngalt at March 3, 2014 2:59 PM | What do you think? [4]