A press release yesterday from state Sen. Kerry Donovan announces that her days-old campaign looking to take out Rep. Lauren Boebert in 2022 brought in plenty of cash to get off the ground:
The Kerry Donovan for Congress campaign reached the milestone of $100,000 raised on Monday evening, less than five days after launching.
“When we launched this campaign last week, we set an ambitious goal for a congressional campaign: $100,000 in our first two weeks. We shattered the goal in four-and-a-half days,” said campaign spokesperson Eli Rosen. “From the moment her launch video started going viral, the grassroots support for Kerry has been overwhelming. It’s clear that folks are eager for a Congresswoman who will focus on getting things done, rather than on chasing headlines, and Kerry has the momentum at her back.”
“I’m truly honored by the incredible early support for our campaign,” said State Sen. Kerry Donovan. “We’re going to go everywhere in this district, reach out to every community, and build a broad coalition of Coloradans. I’m going to fight for this place with every ounce of grit and determination I have — both on the campaign trail and in Congress.”
It makes sense that the greater embarrassment Boebert becomes to the state of Colorado in Congress, a prospect for which there is no end in sight, the interest in a Democrat to challenge Boebert in 2020 will grow commensurately. Sen. Kerry Donovan is a prime candidate for higher office, a star player on Colorado’s deep Democratic bench of candidates ready for their next challenge. Even without the opportunity a high-risk incumbent like Boebert creates, Donovan would be a stronger contender than anyone Democrats have fielded in Colorado’s CD-3 for the past decade.
The caveat we must apply here, as with basically every expectation for 2022, is the upcoming redistricting process–expected to involve big changes to the state’s congressional maps to accommodate population changes and the likelihood of an eighth congressional district. Until that process is complete it’s impossible to know for sure what Boebert’s district is going to look like politically, or even necessarily whether Donovan and Boebert will reside in the same district at all.
What we can say is that in any competitive district that includes Kerry Donovan, Boebert has a serious problem.