Renfroe vs. Buck, Anyone?

UPDATE 5:30PM: Multiple sources now confirming Scott Renfroe will indeed challenge Ken Buck for the CD-4 GOP nomination.


UPDATE: Kurtis Lee of the Denver Post Tweets that state Rep. Tim Dore may also consider a run for CD-4 against Ken Buck. And from Lynn Bartels:

Bartels also drops the name of state Rep. Clarice Navarro, though we have no confirmation she might be interested in running. Regardless, we have to think this immediate explosion of interest in running against Buck in CD-4 wasn't part of the deal Buck made with Cory Gardner to exit the Senate race…


Sen. Scott Renfroe (R).

Sen. Scott Renfroe (R).

The fallout from yesterday's dramatic lineup change in the Colorado U.S. Senate race continues, as FOX 31's Eli Stokols reports today:

Ken Buck, who’d been Stephens’s main rival for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination, announced Tuesday that he’d be dropping his bid to unseat Udall and running instead for Gardner’s soon-to-be-vacant House seat.

He may have some company on the Republican side.

State Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley, has been reaching out to supporters to gauge whether or not he should challenge Buck in the 4th Congressional District race.

“It’s an honor people have called me and asked me to consider this,” said Renfroe, who’s term-limited at the legislature. “My wife and I are praying about it and it’d be quite an honor to represent the 4th. It’d be quite an honor to serve.”

On face value, we'd consider Ken Buck the frontrunner in the new CD-4 race over any potential GOP challenger. The only qualifier to that is the fact that Buck did lose his last federal election, and has substantial baggage from that race–which may well motivate Democrats to make a much stronger run for this R+11 seat than they would if Cory Gardner wasn't running for Senate now. And that, in turn, could motivate other ambitious Republicans to offer themselves up as alternatives to Buck. Term-limited Sen. Scott Renfroe isn't what we'd call an intellectual powerhouse, but he does have support and name recognition in and around Greeley–much of it connected to his father's well-established construction firm.

It's possible that, if the opinion that Buck isn't inevitable after striking a backroom deal with Gardner to switch races takes hold, there could be other Republicans stepping up as well. There is a scenario here where Buck comes to dearly regret making this bargain, and that could become reality very soon.

10 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. DavieDavie says:

    This isn't simply the Colorado Republican Party shuffling the deck — anyone remember playing "52 Card Pick Up" as kids (usually instigated by a mean ol' brother)?

  2. bullshit!bullshit! says:

    Poetic justice if Buck gets fucked by his own treachery. The Senate nomination was his to lose.

  3. More popcorn, please…

    Buck's biggest concern is that one of these other challengers finds the campaign cash to outraise him. He hasn't been very good so far in the Senate race, and it wouldn't take much for someone to sprint past him for a quarter. Then all of a sudden it looks like Buck has lost his mojo.

  4. DawnPatrol says:

    This cabal of right-wing extremist bums is gone to regert their musical-chairs Faustian bargain deeply, and soon. Watch.

  5. DawnPatrol says:

    DAMMIT! That's "GOING to" and "regret"!

  6. HeavyG says:

    Conway wont run against Renfroe, but if he vacates or is termed out in state senate, Conway could go for that.

  7. Awen says:

    Another name to add to the hopper:


    • Awen says:

      well, that didn't work so well.

      It's Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling). He was asked this aftenoon why he wasn't running for Congress, and he said "I haven't made a decision yet."

      (via Twitter from the Governor's Forum on Agriculture today.)

  8. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    What all these guys see is the shot at an office where they can then sit back and do nothing for 20 years while getting a nice salary. They'll all go for it.

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