CO-07 Update: Two More Republicans, No Other Democrats

Timothy Reichert, apparently.

The race to succeed retiring Rep. Ed Perlmutter in CO-07 has a new challenger on the Republican side and more clarity for Democrats.

State Senator Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood) has locked down the Democratic side of the race with Perlmutter’s endorsement and subsequent endorsements from Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Denver); Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Denver); Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Boulderish); and Jason Crow (D-Aurora). In fact, we’d have a hard time even coming up with a potential Democratic challenger to Pettersen at this point.

On the Republican side, we’d bet against a run from State Rep. Colin Larson (R-Littleton), one of the few remaining Republican elected officials in Jefferson County (which is the heart of the new CO-07). Larson has been pondering a run for weeks and has regularly kicked the can down the road on a potential decision. Larson told Ernest Luning of the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman that he planned to make a decision by the end of last week, which didn’t happen.

Larson may be dissuaded in part by the decision of Timothy Reichert to seek the Republican nomination in CO-07. As The Colorado Sun reported last week, Reichert is hoping that his ability to self-fund a campaign — his announcement came with news that he had written his campaign a $500,000 check — will make up for the fact that nobody knows who he is.

Reichert is President and CEO of a Denver company called Economics Partners. He was a big donor to former President Donald Trump and has some, uh, interesting policy views; in 2010, Reichert wrote an opinion piece for a religious publication in which he argued against the use of contraceptives in general.

As far as we can tell, Republicans Laurel Imer and Erik Aadland are still running in CO-07. Some dude from Teller County named Carl Andersen has also announced his intentions to seek the Republican nomination.

5 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenver says:


    Reichert has a WinRed "give" site set up, where he says

    I’m Tim Reichert, an economist and business owner, a husband and father, and I am running for Congress in CD-07 because I think our country is in desperate need of real leadership in Washington.

    His company bio page boasts



    • Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Valuation, Spring 2000

    Perhaps I'm missing something, but being an adjunct for one term is scarcely an indication of a deep commitment to public service.

    • Republican 36 says:

      I hate to be too picky but Johns Hopkins is a private research university. I don't believe working as an adjunct professor at a private institution for one semester or year qualifies as public service.

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        In the era of "What's in it for me?" anything that in any way, shape or form might benefit some other party – to even the slightest degree – amounts to "public service." 

  2. Genghis says:

    That boy looks like he accepted a few too many "I bet you're too chicken to smack yourself in the head with this ball-peen hammer" dares.

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