(Bumped into Saturday, obviously – promoted by Colorado Pols)
Denver Post with the 7:45PM story:
Former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff is poised to mount a Democratic primary campaign against Sen. Michael Bennet.
Urged to challenge Gov. Bill Ritter as he seeks re-election in 2010, Romanoff has instead turned his attention to the U.S. Senate race, sources told the Denver Post. One source reported that Romanoff offered a campaign position to a veteran Democratic strategist…
A source said Romanoff would need to keep the support of people who had pledged to back him if he challenged Ritter. Labor officials, in particular, have expressed displeasure with Ritter over several controversial vetoes and were eager to funnel money toward a primary challenge.
It is unclear whether the same level of enthusiasm would exist for a challenge of Bennet, the source close to Romanoff said. Others said they had urged Romanoff that a challenge would be tough to pull off given the fund-raising head start Bennet had.
Admit it, folks, it’s been in the back of your minds for months. But a lot of that time was before Bennet raised millions of dollars, and didn’t fully disappoint Democratic primary likely voters. We just don’t see the same prevalent mood that made this seem inevitable a few months ago. Conventional wisdom would suggest a serious challenge should have got going some time ago to be real, but it’s too late on a Friday for us to rule anybody out of anything–especially not the longsuffering Andrew Romanoff himself, who everybody we know, Republican and Democrat alike, has something nice to say about. What about you?