Angela Williams May Have Gambled and Lost

State Sen. Angela Williams (D-Denver)

If you were the betting type, you wouldn’t likely put a lot of money on the likelihood that State Senator Angela Williams (D-Denver) will be the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in June 2020. Williams entered the race for U.S. Senate in July with a sketchy announcement video and little fanfare; after four months as a candidate, she has less than $50,000 in the bank and no conceivable path toward the Democratic nomination.

When Williams entered the U.S. Senate race, she left the door open for a potential return to the state legislature (she actually filed paperwork for her 2020 re-election campaign to the State Senate shortly after winning election in 2016). But as political reporter Ernest Luning explained in a Tweet today, that door “appears to be swinging shut.”

Last week, state Rep. James Coleman (D-Denver) made it clear that he wasn’t waiting for Williams to re-focus her attention on her state senate district in announcing that he would be running for SD-33. Coleman quickly amassed a number of significant endorsements from Democratic lawmakers, including House Speaker K.C. Becker, Rep. Janet Buckner, and state Senators Jeff Bridges, Jessie Danielson, and Kerry Donovan.

Had Williams been focusing on running for re-election in 2020, it would have been difficult for Coleman to have gained much traction in a Democratic Primary challenge. In fact, Coleman probably wouldn’t have even made a State Senate bid in 2020. Coleman won a Democratic primary to succeed Williams in HD-7 in 2016, which means he could have sought re-election in the State House until Williams was term-limited in 2024.

Williams said last week that she thought she could wait until March 2020 to make a decision on staying in the U.S. Senate race or running for re-election in SD-33, but that seems like wishful thinking with Coleman gathering so much early support. If Williams is serious about winning a second term in the State Senate, she can’t spend the next 3-4 months flailing away at a U.S. Senate bid.


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  1. kwtreekwtree says:

    So gleeful you are about this, Pols. As quick to ring the death knell for Williams’ US Senate campaign ( and now her Colorado Senate campaign) as you were slavering to anoint Hickenlooper as a conquering hero sure to defeat Gardner.

    Even if it meant that you had to cite an imaginary poll and a blatant”push poll” to do that.

    What is it exactly that you find “sketchy” about Williams’ campaign video.?
    You won’t answer, of course. 

    You’ve been wrong before, and I believe you are wrong in dismissing  this talented politician. The state assembly will tell the tale. And it may not be the story you’re putting out there. 



    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      How is it the fault of Pols when it is/was Williams' political blunder? Don't see a connection here other than another "opportunity" to be anti-Hickenlooper. 

      • kwtreekwtree says:

        Political blunder? You mean, like running for President based on the platform: “I’m not a socialist”? while also proclaiming that one is unfit for and doesn’t want the office of US Senator? 

        That kind of political blunder? Funny…..I don’t recall any Pols diaries calling the former Governor out for those blunders…..

        Pols has been backing Hickenlooper for Senate before Hick did….and has been quick to disparage all the other candidates for far smaller “blunders” than Hick’s own. I suppose that true love is blind.

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          Excellent point, Pomposa, which illustrates the difference between a savvy pol and a neophyte.

          Hick realized he was on a fool’s errand and changed to a winnable race before the door closed on him in the US Senate race.

          Angie thought everyone would wait until next March for her to decide where she was going.

          Question:  can she transfer her $48,000 raised in federal race for her primary with Coleman? I’m guessing she cannot.

    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

      I grow weary of our kiwi bird swinging from the chandelier every time Hickenlooper is mentioned.  But she is right on one point.  Williams had an excellent intro video.  I really like the part about her dad fighting against discrimination.

  2. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    So, this means a Dimocrat will win SD-33?

  3. Colorado PolsColorado Pols says:

    Money from federal campaigns does not transfer to state races.

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