Crisanta Duran Fails to Clear Very Low Bar in Q1

Artist rendition of Crisanta Duran’s Congressional campaign.

Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-Denver) is the “dean” of the Colorado Congressional delegation, a title she has earned by consistently winning re-election in what has long been a safe Democratic seat in CO-1. First elected to her Denver district in 1996, DeGette has been in the House of Representatives 10 years longer than her nearest contemporaries; both Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado Springs) and Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Jefferson County) were first elected in 2006.

Despite that longevity — or perhaps because of it — DeGette is facing a potentially tough Democratic Primary in 2020 from former State House Speaker Crisanta Duran. Or, at least, that was the thinking before Q1 fundraising numbers were announced this week.

DeGette raised a piddling $138,000 in Q1, a shockingly-weak sum for someone looking at a third consecutive Primary challenge. Fortunately for her, Duran only managed to raise about half of that amount. As Denverite reports, Duran’s campaign is trying desperately to spin a $70,000 quarter as a positive outcome:

“This is a great start to our campaign for change,” Duran said in the release. “We received contributions from people of all walks of life and from an inclusive cross-section of leaders and grassroots supporters throughout our community.”

Duran isn’t accepting money from corporate political action committees, a fact her campaign is using to set her apart from DeGette, who is accepting money from these types of PACs. Duran campaign consultant Steve Welchert said in the release that they “don’t expect to keep up with DeGette’s corporate PAC machine, but today’s report shows we’ll build a strong, winning campaign.”

Um…no. You can’t shine a $70,000 turd.

Duran’s campaign is quick to point out that she didn’t have the benefit of a full fundraising quarter after announcing her campaign for CO-1 in late February. This is true, but also irrelevant; if Duran wasn’t confident that she could put up a good fundraising quarter, then she shouldn’t have announced her candidacy so early. This is pretty much the worst-case scenario for Duran’s campaign.

Momentum and money go hand-in-hand in politics. Duran has neither, and she’s now in a position where she’ll need a very strong Q2 just to remain somewhat viable heading into the dead summer of an off-year. If Duran doesn’t at least quadruple her Q1 numbers, what had looked to be an interesting race will be all but over a year before the Primary Election.

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  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    This is true, but also irrelevant; if Duran wasn’t confident that she could put up a good fundraising quarter, then she shouldn’t have announced her candidacy so early.

    What the . . . ???

    . . . but, on the other hand, who can argue with if-then “logic” like that????????

    The way it appears to me, $138K for the “‘dean’ of the Colorado Congressional delegation” is far, far worse than “piddling,” it’s closer to inexcusable and laughable, and bordering on the abysmal????

  2. gertie97 says:

    DeGette has no reason to bust ass to raise money. Duran just proved it.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      DeGette has a long history of incumbency and a long history of fundraising.  Now that she is a Chair, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation of Energy and Commerce, she'll be able to generate some headlines beyond the press releases of a minority member of a committee.  Add in being positioned to become part of the leadership whenever Clyburn retires or drops off being Whip.

      Fund-raising results aren't stellar — other members of the caucus raised over $500,000.  But for Colorado, having $201,356 cash-on-hand isn't too awful … she only raised $1,346,261 for the full 2018 election cycle.


  3. MADCO says:

    She's not really running. She announced to keep others out.

  4. Voyageur says:

    When a woman is the most prominent or respected member of a group, she is the "doyenne", not the dean.

    Pray our most senior member of Congress is never non-binary — there is no neutered term for the post.

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