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Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 1, 20182min2037

Arn Menconi is the political scrapper of the high country, and it looks like he’ll start his congressional race in a tussle with local leaders of his own party.

What did he expect?

Menconi was the Green Party’s candidate against U.S, Sen. Michael Bennet in 2016, draining off 1.3 percent that could have mattered, if Republican nominee Darryl Glenn could have gotten closer than 5.6 percent. Of course, Libertarian Lily Tang Williams collected 3.6 percent and some of those conservative votes could have helped Glenn.

Colorado Politics told you Tuesday that Menconi hopes to be the Democratic nominee to take on incumbent Scott Tipton of Cortez in November. But first he has to beat former state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush of Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs city attorney Karl Hanlon in the Democratic primary.

When the former Eagle County commissioner asked the Pitkin County Democratic Party to put his announcement on its website, it didn’t go well with chairman Howard Wallach, judging by the exchange Menconi shared on his Facebook page Wednesday.

Wallace lectured him on campaign strategy and reminded Menconi he’s not running against Donald Trump or Tipton, but should seek to set himself apart from Mitsch Bush.

You can check out the exchange by clicking here.

“Not very democratic of the Democrats don’t you don’t you think?” Menconi said in his post. “Pitkin is Aspen the supposed most liberal place in Colorado. Yeah Right?! Sending to Papers. Thank you Harry.”

Editor’s note: This blog was updated to correct Karl Hanlon’s name.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 18, 201816min1088

THEY GRABBED A CLIPBOARD ... It looks like a lot of Coloradans took the advice of a certain soon-to-be-former president. In his farewell address, delivered just over a week before leaving office, President Barack Obama said an oft-quoted line — "If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself" — that might have launched a thousand candidacies, including quite a few here in Colorado.