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RNC names Adam Johnson its Colorado leader as part of its midterm strategy

Author: Joey Bunch - September 14, 2017 - Updated: September 4, 2018

Nearly 13 months from Election Day, the Republican National Committee is putting its state directors for the midterms, and in Colorado veteran operative Adam Johnson will lead the effort.

In a Thursday morning press release, the RNC described Johnson this way:

Adam Johnson’s political experience began in 2002 working on the successful re-election of Gov. Bill Owens in Colorado. Since that time, Adam has been involved in nearly a dozen political campaigns from local city council races to managing statewide elections. Most recently Adam served as Victory’s regional field director in the West Metro Region in Colorado.

It was only in May that Johnson was named political director for the state GOP. A spokeswoman for the RNC said he “still works very closely with the state party.”

Johnson is one of 17 directors in “key” states announced by the RNC “as a part of the most expansive midterm field program in the party’s history,” the RNC stated.

It’s hard to see any gains for the GOP next year, however. Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, once seen as vulnerable, won another six-year term last November, and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner isn’t up for re-election until 202o.

In congressional races, given the politically safe way Colorado drafts its districts every 10 years, it’s a long shot that any seat, other than the 6th Congressional District, will be at risk of changing hands next year. In the 6th, Republican Rep. Mike Coffman will face the emerging Democrat from a primary that so far is full of newcomers, but he hasn’t exactly struggled against top-name Democrats in the last two elections, defeating former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff and state Sen. Morgan Carroll (not the state Democratic Party chair) handily.

The most interesting race so far looks like an all-Republican knife fight. Incumbent Republican Doug Lamborn in Colorado Springs faces challenges from state Sen. Owen Hill and El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, who lost to Bennet last November.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement that the new state directors are part of an evolving modern approach by the party.

“These hires represent the long-planned evolution of the RNC’s permanent data-driven field program that has been on the ground virtually uninterrupted in key states since 2013,” she said. “We are committed to winning elections and will hold nothing back to ensure we protect the near historic number of Republicans holding office at all levels across the country. As our candidates emerge from their primary races, they will inherit an RNC field program years in the making to help push them to victory.”

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.