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Welcome to the party, not so much, Arn Menconi

Author: Joey Bunch - March 1, 2018 - Updated: March 1, 2018

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Arn MenconiArn Menconi (via Facebook)

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.

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.