Hickenlooper Makes Ballot, Exits Assembly

UPDATE: According to the Hickenlooper campaign, they collected a total of 14,925 valid signatures for a validity rate of 86%. Here’s how that breaks down by congressional district (1,500 is required):

♦ Congressional District 1: 2,220

♦ Congressional District 2: 2,199

♦ Congressional District 3: 2,206

♦ Congressional District 4: 2,054

♦ Congressional District 5: 2,210

♦ Congressional District 6: 1,979

♦ Congressional District 7: 2,057


Former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D).

Ernest Luning of the Colorado Springs Gazette reports, former Gov. John Hickenlooper has qualified for the ballot by submitting the required number of valid petition signatures in record time–and will withdraw from the now-imperiled assembly process:

Since he’s already qualified for the ballot, Hickenlooper told Colorado Politics he plans to withdraw from the assembly process, which has been upended in recent days as the state scrambles to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Today we received word that, thanks to the tremendous work of our team and grassroots volunteers, we have qualified for the U.S. Senate ballot,” Hickenlooper said in statement.

“Because we have already earned a place on the ballot and ongoing public health and safety concerns, we will be withdrawing from the assembly process at this time. This will allow us to direct our resources towards building a campaign ready to win the nomination in June and defeat Senator Gardner in November.”

This year’s non-presidential precinct caucuses were very poorly attended, and at this point it’s unknown exactly how the assembly process is going to proceed during the ongoing public health emergency. There’s little question the present complicating factors are disruptive to every candidate and every campaign–but candidates who are better organized are still going to have the advantage.

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  1. kwtree says:

    This will also allow Hickenlooper to save face by not getting resoundingly trounced at the State Assembly, as he was at precinct caucuses. Silver lining!😉

    • itlduso says:

      BFD, Romanoff will get destroyed in the actual vote that counts — the primary.  Kind of like Bernie will get demolished tomorrow.  You can take that to the bank!

    • MADCO says:

      Even if… so what?
      Only the candidate ever remembers who won caucus/assembly.

      Ask Governor Kennedy.
      Or any of dozens and dozens of other caucus "winners' who did not win the nomination.

      Caucus "winning" is about getting on the ballot.
      Otherwise – it's almost exactly the same as losing.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Hickenlooper, of course, will be delighted to have any delegate votes going to other candidates, potentially getting more on the ballot through the Assembly.  Spread the anti-Hick vote among multiple candidates in the primary, and it is even MORE likely he will have a substantial plurality. 

      • kwtree says:

        True enough, and not a new thought. For me, it isn’t so much “anti-Hick” as voting for the person whose voice I think we need now.

        I thought that Angela Williams was most prepared of all the candidates, having won all her elections, a broad coalition of support, and the most recent legislative experience. However, Senator Williams dropped out, as that theoretical support didn’t translate into dollars. 

        Now, I’m supporting and working for Lorena Garcia, because her ideas on reproductive rights, immigration, the environment, and other issues are closest to my own. She has the vision and leadership potential of an AOC, Ilhan Omar, Katie Porter. She’s also an exciting and dynamic speaker. Romanoff has those qualities, as well, but he lacks the perspective of a young LGBT Latina. Some of Romanoff’s earlier politically expedient positions on a balanced budget and “papers please” law haunt his candidacy for me. 

        It isn’t a secret that I’m anti- Hickenlooper, for reasons rooted in his historic,  constant and unambiguous support for the oil and gas industry. I think we owe it to future generations to promote leaders who will prioritize their health and well being. 

        At the least, Hick will understand that he has no mandate from voters for his pro-fossil fuels agenda. Romanoff will understand that he has to prioritize issues of concern to working poor folks of all genders and ethnicities. I’ll vote D, of course.

  2. DavidThi808 says:

    Anyone know if Lorena Garcia got enough signatures?

  3. Genghis says:

    I don't think I've read or heard of Hick even acknowledging the existence of any Democratic opposition. It's all been about how Gardner is bad for Colorado, a Trump pegboy, etc. It's excellent strategy for someone in Hick's position to treat the Dem nomination as a foregone conclusion. Of course, that strategy is more easily and credibly adhered to by sidestepping the dick-punching he would have received in the assembly/convention process.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      In hindsight, a shrewd move to get the signatures before the world gets shutdown.  That’s the kind of foresight I like in a senator.  He is going to be a formidable candidate in the primary and the general.  Hooray for competent politicians.

      • Genghis says:

        Hooray for competent politicians.

        Amen to that!

      • Duke Cox says:

        Hicks’ primary opposition are equally, if not more so, competent professional people. If electing people who have political connections and money is your goal, you have your candidate. Hick definitely owns that category. That’s what happens after a decade or more of handing out favors and calling in markers.

        “Competent politicians” got us here.

        How about “”Honest public servants” this time? Oh…right. Hick doesn’t fit that description.

        Where was it, Governor, they used that cocktail you drank, the one they called  “CleanStim”, to hydraulically fracture a gas well? 

        Want to change my opinion of Hick?

        Find me an answer to that question…other than …”nowhere”.

        • Gilpin Guy says:

          I have no responsibility to change your opinion on anything Duke.  You can believe anything you want as long as you vote for a Democrat against Gardner.  Vote Blue no matter who.

  4. Duke Cox says:

    A note to Alva:

    I noticed you forgot to add "Yay, Hickenlooper!" to the end of your piece.

    Really guys?

    Wouldn't a "Hickenlooper for Governor" banner on your masthead be more effective?

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