Amy Padden Archives - Colorado Politics

Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 11, 201813min435

I'LL SEE YOUR BERNIE AND RAISE A JOYCE FOSTER ... The battle of the bold-faced names is on in the House District 9 Democratic primary, where three-term incumbent state Rep. Paul Rosenthal is facing two candidates seeking to dislodge him from the southeast Denver seat. Less than a week had passed since Bernie Sanders — yes, that Bernie Sanders — endorsed Rosenthal challenger Emily Sirota when Rosenthal rolled out a Bernie endorsement of his own from Bernie Steinberg — yes, that Bernie Steinberg — to counter it.

Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 5, 20173min6860

Bernie Sanders campaigner Morgan Watters has been tapped to run state Rep. Joe Salazar’s bid for Colorado attorney general next year, the campaign said Monday.

Salazar is in a crowded Democratic primary with well-financed opponents, including former University of Colorado law school dean Phil Weiser, Denver lawyer Brad Levin, Jefferson County assistant prosecutor Michael Dougherty and federal prosecutor Amy Padden.

Watters was a field Director for the Bernie 2016 campaign in Denver and worked for the Colorado Families for a Fair Wage campaign to raise the state’s minimum wage. Watters also worked on Kevin Flynn’s successful run for the Denver City Council in 2015 and was an advocacy intern for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, according to Watter’s LinkedIn page.

“I have spent the summer and early fall traveling the state, listening to what the People of Colorado were saying and building a grassroots army for the elections next year,” Salazar said in a statement. “Now the campaign is focused on developing the resources we need to win and return the attorney general’s office to the People. I am excited that Morgan has agreed to come on board as we build out our field, political and fundraising operations.”

Rich Pelletier, the deputy campaign manager for Bernie 2016 and a Salazar supporter, said he was thrilled to see Watters join with Salazar, who also supporters Sanders in the Democratic primary in Colorado last year.

“Morgan was one of our campaign nomads on Bernie’s campaign, starting here in Colorado and traveling to Washington state, Oregon and finally California,” he said. “They led the field team in the Oregon primary to a decisive 56 percent to 44 percent win for Bernie, winning every county in the state but one.

“Morgan brings caucus and primary leadership experience to the campaign and I know they will be able to help Joe get over the finish line. I work on races across the country, and Joe’s candidacy is one of the most exciting we have. He is a true progressive problem solver who represents the future of the party.”