Well well well!
The battle for Senator Who?/Michael Bennet’s US Senate seat just got a whole lot more interesting, in less than 2 days.
Over the past 48 hours:
–the National Republican Senatorial Committee stirred a hornet’s nest of commentary and reaction from the grassroots when it was first rumored and then revealed that the NRSC was possibly looking to back a run by former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton, as indicated by the registration of domains in her name by the committee
Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck, the Weld County District attorney, is reportedly dropping out of the U.S. Senate race.
Sources told the Denver Post that Buck is expected to make his announcement Monday.
A family member today said Buck would not comment until Monday.
–And Andrew Romanoff, former House Speaker, could be jumping into a primary against the heavily-funded but apparently weak Sen. Bennet:
Former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff is poised to mount a Democratic primary campaign against Sen. Michael Bennet.
Urged to challenge Gov. Bill Ritter as he seeks re-election in 2010, Romanoff has instead turned his attention to the U.S. Senate race, sources told the Denver Post. One source reported that Romanoff offered a campaign position to a veteran Democratic strategist.
Romanoff could not be reached for comment on Friday night.
People close to Romanoff, 44, said the former House Speaker will make an announcement next month.
If true, Romanoff’s entry not only destroys the spin of the vaunted money advantage (if it doesn’t dissuade a primary opponent, especially a late-entry, then it may not be as big a hurdle to surmount, given a weak candidate) and reinforces the perception that not only is Bennet a weak candidate, but his appointment by Governor Bill Ritter was ill-conceived. A Bennet defeat in the Dem primary, though beneficial to Romanoff (assuming no one else–like Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper–enters as well), will cast an even more ominous shadow on Ritter’s own reelection.
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