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Whaddya know: Steve Lebsock really IS interested in the governor’s race

Author: Dan Njegomir - January 31, 2017 - Updated: June 6, 2017

No sooner had we breathlessly blogged our discovery Monday that Democratic state Rep. Steve Lebsock of Thornton was in fact the “Steve” in the “Run Steve Run” mystery campaign — it urges him to launch a bid for governor — than Colorado Peak Politics chimed in to tell us what boobs we were for missing their post outing Lebsock weeks ago. Fine.

Well, no sooner had that happened than Lebsock himself told us Monday afternoon he actually is open to the idea. He assured us he had nothing to do with the briefly mysterious online ads, website and Twitter account — “I didn’t know they were doing it,” he maintained — but he wasn’t exactly shocked, either, mind you.

“I have been asked to run for governor since I was mayor pro tem of my city, Thornton,” he said. “So, it’s not a surprise.”

Then, he closed the deal: “I am considering it.”

Closed the deal, that is, only insofar as he confirmed he’s interested. Not declared, of course, and not even certain. He’s thinking about it over the coming year.

Which means he’s just like most of the undeclared, still-exploring-the-option gubernatorial prospects in his party as well as the GOP. All of whom, in turn, are unlike John Elway, who recently confirmed  he was NOT interested in running for governor despite perennial attempts to drag him into the fray. Ah, to be the one who could clear the field if he wanted to…

As for Lebsock, he also wanted to make clear just what kind of governor he would be if he were interested. For one thing: “I am not part of the establishment.” A prudent stance, no doubt, on the heels of an election year defined by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Lebsock had underscored the point a little earlier that afternoon in a tweet in response to our previous blog post:

And yes, we soon may be tempted to start a list of those who are not interested in serving as the state’s next chief exec. Besides Elway, of course.

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.