Joey BunchJoey BunchApril 26, 20182min421

Donna Lynne is putting some miles on her sneakers this campaign season, and she hopes the state's main streets lead to the governor's office. She walked the entire 26.5-mile length of Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, Denver and Aurora to kick off her Meet Me on Main Street tour a few weeks ago, and then walked the streets of Broomfield on the day of the Democratic General Assembly on April 14.


Peter MarcusPeter MarcusAugust 24, 20172min1108
Colorado Springs entrepreneur Barry Farah is considering a run for governor on the Republican ticket, Colorado Politics has learned. Farah would join an already crowded field, which is still developing. Some top names already in the race include Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, entrepreneur and former state Rep. Victor Mitchell and investment banker Doug […]

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Peter MarcusPeter MarcusJuly 11, 20176min728

An emotional Ed Perlmutter said Tuesday that he does not have “enough fire in the belly” to juggle both a gubernatorial campaign and to serve in Congress.

The high-profile Democrat bowed out of the governor’s race at a news conference in Golden that at times felt more like a funeral, as supporters hugged each other and cried while mourning the looming departure of their beloved leader.

First reported by Colorado Politics on Monday, Perlmutter will not run for re-election in 2018 in the 7th Congressional District, leaving open a spirited primary between three Democrats who are vying to replace the congressman in Jefferson and Adams counties.

“When you get elected, you have a contract with the folks you represent,” Perlmutter said of why he didn’t resign his congressional seat to run for governor. “I thought I could do it all. I’m telling you right now, in front of all of you, I can’t.”

Perlmutter acknowledged that the landscape changed in the crowded Democratic primary when U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder entered last month. Polis, a 42-year-old gay millionaire, has the ability to self-fund and raise money from a liberal base of the party.

But Perlmutter said fundraising was not the reason he exited the race. He said he will report about $350,000 from his first quarter since announcing a run three months ago, with 1,200 contributions, 700 of which were under $100, and at least 80 percent came from Colorado.

“Jared is a good friend of mine…” Perlmutter said. “When he got in, I had to take a good look deep down as to what it was going to take to win this race.”

Some Democrats fear that with Perlmutter out, Polis becomes the front-runner, which could make it difficult for Democrats to win the general election against a Republican.

Perlmutter said he is not sure whether Polis is too liberal to win a statewide general election in Colorado. But he added, “I don’t think anybody should hold it against him that he’s super smart and he made a lot of money.”

Following Perlmutter’s announcement, Polis said, “My friend Ed Perlmutter has always been a tireless champion for working families. I want to thank him for his amazing dedication to Colorado and his candidacy for governor. As a trusted and effective colleague, I look forward to continuing our work together for the remainder of this congressional session.”

Right-leaning Compass Colorado said Perlmutter’s exit means the Democratic party is shifting further to the left.

“It started with ‘Democratic socialist’ Bernie Sanders’ delegates sweeping the caucuses across the state last year, and now even a left-leaning center-left candidate can’t see a path to victory in this clown car primary,” said Kelly Maher, executive director of Compass Colorado.

Political analyst Eric Sondermann said Perlmutter’s decision highlights the free-for-all nature of the primary, adding that it could open the door for another high-profile centrist candidate to enter, such as Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, who has been weighing a run.

“A month ago, Perlmutter was the presumed front runner. Now he’s gone. A number of campaigns, and not just Polis’s, think they can be the beneficiary,” Sondermann said. “The real question is whether there is another shoe to drop – that being a higher heel of the lieutenant governor.”

The Democratic gubernatorial field remains crowded, despite Perlmutter’s departure. In addition to Polis, former state Sen. Mike Johnston of Denver, civics leader Noel Ginsburg, and former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy, are all competing to take over the governor’s office.

“Congressman Perlmutter has been fighting for Coloradans for decades. I hope we continue to see his leadership in Colorado on whatever path he chooses,” Kennedy said in a statement. “I wish him and his family the very best and will miss seeing him on the campaign trail.”

With Perlmutter not running for re-election in the 7th Congressional District, state Sens. Andy Kerr of Lakewood and Dominick Moreno of Commerce City, and Rep. Brittany Pettersen of Lakewood, are free to continue to battle to take control of the seat.

“Ed Perlmutter has been an outstanding congressman and a tremendous leader for the people of Colorado,” Pettersen said. “I join many others in our community in thanking him for his public service.”

Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMarch 6, 20175min311

His definite likes include skiing, the Broncos — and, presumably, his children. After all, he and wife Jeannette have nine of them: seven boys, two girls. Not a blended family, either, but in fact, “They’re all both of ours,” his website points out.

His website’s bio also informs us he delivered eight of his kids at home. You want hands-on experience in Colorado’s next governor? You’ve got it in Lew Gaiter.

But that’s not why the two-term Larimer County commissioner and Colorado native announced Sunday he will seek the GOP nomination in the 2018 governor’s race. His chief motivation, he said at a gathering covered by the Loveland Reporter-Herald’s Saja Hindi, is “bridging the divide.”

“There is a national cancer that is hurting the United States of America,” he said at at a friend’s house where he made the announcement. “We’re not the divided states of America, we’re the United States of America.” And so he aims to work on bringing people together alongside “strengthening the economy and responsible resource management.”

Hindi tweeted the event:

More insights from Hindi’s story include:

  • Gaiter grew up in a “hard-core” Democratic family and himself remained a Democrat until College.
  • His Christian faith and opposition to abortion led him to the Republican side of the fence.
  • And this: “Among Gaiter’s friends present on Sunday were Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, and El Paso County Commissioner and former U.S. Senate Republican candidate Darryl Glenn.”

Still more from Hindi’s report:

He has a hard time defining himself with a specific label, he supports individual responsibility and accountability, he said — “I’m not going to tell you how to live your life.”

“I am ideologically, personally, pretty conservative,” he said.

How “right-wing” he’s considered, he said, depends on a person’s perspective. When he was working at Hewlett-Packard, his team considered him the most right-wing of the group. Among the national home school movement (he’s past president of Christian Home Educators of Colorado), he said he’s considered “far left.”

…And from Gaiter’s website: He’s a past National Ski Patrol outdoor emergency care Instructor, a onetime martial arts assistant instructor and a Broncos season-ticket holder with his dad.

The 57-year-old business and life coach and software engineer told the Reporter-Herald he’ll make a higher-profile announcement of his gubernatorial bid at the state Republican Central Committee meeting April 1. However, he has not yet formally filed with the Secretary of State’s Office; records there show so far only Republicans Victor Mitchell and Joanne Silva actually have filed as candidates.

Democrats who have filed are Adam Garrity, Noel Ginsburg, Moses Humes and Michael Johnston.

Coyly waiting to pounce in from the sidelines at some point are all the A-listers in both parties you keep hearing about, and whom we keep writing about. There’s probably no need to repeat their names here. (Wanna play coy, eh? Fine; we can play that game, too!)

Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 14, 20175min1100
Former Republican state Rep. Victor Mitchell is officially in the race for governor next year. The Secretary of State’s office registered his campaign committee paperwork Friday. Mitchell told Colorado Politics Monday he planned to start the campaign with $3 million to roll out an advertising campaign to build name recognition in what’s expected to be a crowded […]

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