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Onetime star U.S. Senate candidate has left Colorado for a job in Milwaukee

Author: Dan Njegomir - November 21, 2016 - Updated: June 6, 2017

Ever wonder what became of Jon Keyser? He is evidently alive and well—in Wisconsin.

You’ll recall Keyser was the dashing, young Republican rising star and first-term member of the state House of Representatives from Jefferson County who earlier this year was being touted nationally as the GOP’s best hope for picking off Colorado’s incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.

That was until his once-thought-to-be-frontrunner campaign started to collapse amid allegations of fraud against a canvasser who had faked signatures needed to place Keyser’s name on the ballot in last June’s Republican primary. Last week, as tweeted by Denver 7 News’ Marshall Zellinger, that worker, who had been an employee at the time of a signature-gathering firm working for the Keyser campaign, pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery.

As noted in a blog post a few days ago by ColoradoPols (where we first learned of signature gatherer Maureen Moss’ guilty plea), Keyser “all but vanished” just before the June 28 primary, which he lost in a crowded field to GOP Senate nominee Darryl Glenn. Glenn went on to lose narrowly to Bennet on Nov. 8.

It wasn’t clear what was next for Keyser, who had resigned from his state House seat as well as his day job as an attorney at a Denver law firm when he entered the Senate race. He pretty much dropped off the radar following the primary; not only had his ill-fated campaign taken a hit from the controversy over the fake signatures, but he also drew fire all around for the way he handled the allegations with the media as his campaign was sputtering.

It turns out the Colorado native, U.S. Air Force Academy grad, combat veteran and holder of a law degree from the University of Denver, is now a corporate counsel with motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee. His LinkedIn profile says he started the job in September.

We contacted Harley-Davidson corporate headquarters on Friday and left a message in Keyser’s voice mailbox seeking details about his decision to leave his home state. No word back yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is the opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.