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The Democratic primary in Colorado pits Senator Michael Bennet, who was appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to fill the vacancy left by Ken Salazar's departure to become Interior Secretary in the Obama Administration, versus Andrew Romanoff, a member of the Colorado House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008, serving as Speaker from 2005 to 2008. For Bennet, this is his first run for elective office. 

The contest is intriguing on various levels. To begin with, the Obama Administration has backed the incumbent while former President Bill Clinton has endorsed Andrew Romanoff, who is considered the more progressive of the two. The race is also the most competitive of any in the current cycle. Though Senator Bennet held a 17 point lead back in early June, Romanoff has managed to turn the race into a dead heat. While most polls show Bennet with a slight lead, a new poll in the Denver Post conducted by SurveyUSA gives Romanoff a narrow three point edge. The primary is August 10th.

The race has also turned increasingly negative. Romanoff's rise in the polls has come after a sustained month-long ad campaign that's attacked Bennet for taking corporate PAC money. Here are some of the ads being run in the campaign. 

Senator Michael Bennet

This second ad is a response to the Romanoff ads shown below.

Andrew Romanoff

The above spot is entitled A Senator for the Rest of Us while the one below is entitle I Stand With You. Both are 30 second spots.

This third spot is the one that caused the latest ruckus.

Tags: Colorado Democratic Senate Primary, Senator Michael Bennet, Andrew Romanoff (all tags)



BUT! Romanoff is NOT the more progressive option

It's close to a tie if anything. Bennett was the one who wrote the bill to try and force the vote on the public option. But really, they are EXACTLY the same on every issue, except I got 2 strikes against Romanoff.

1) DLCC co-chair, the group that launched Harold Ford as a front man.

2) Reason for his campaign: "It should have been me!" No, that's the whole campaign.


I can go either way, but I see no reason to replace Bennett with someone who will vote no differently than himself and has amassed a record in the state house that is pretty conservative (which I am aware will change significantly in the U.S. Senate).



by Trowaman 2010-08-03 12:52AM | 2 recs
RE: BUT! Romanoff is NOT the more progressive option

DLCC?  I doubt it.

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-08-03 08:41PM | 0 recs
Like Romanoff

Don't love him... but, while out on the CTG tour in '06 met with him and interviewed him. I should go pull out the transcript to see if anything is of interest there.

Got a huge kick out of Sirota saying the other day that we should reward Romanoff for sounding like a progressive while campaigning-- that worked out so well with Obama.

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-08-03 08:41PM | 0 recs


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