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November 28, 2012 11:35 PM UTC

Suthers and Senate: Conflicting Rumors

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  • by: Colorado Pols

Republican Attorney General John Suthers is apparently giving (semi) serious thought to running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Mark Udall.

We really don’t believe that Suthers will end up as a candidate for Senate, but it makes sense that he would have early discussions about the possibility. In 2010 Suthers was heavily recruited by Texas Sen. John Cornyn (Cornyn was the head of the NRSC in 2010 and 2012) to run against Democrat Michael Bennet. Suthers declined and instead ran for re-election as Attorney General. Two years later, Suthers remains one of the few remaining high-profile Republicans in Colorado, but running against Udall would seem to be much tougher than challenging Bennet in 2010; Bennet was a top-tier pickup opportunity for Republicans in 2010, but Udall is lower on the list in 2012 for a number of reasons (name ID and the fact that he is a true elected incumbent, to name two reasons).

As we discussed last week, Republicans can count the number of top GOP names on one hand, which means someone like Suthers will be wooed early. But while Suthers has at least expressed some interest in the Senate in years past, we’d be very surprised if he actually decided to jump in the race for 2014.

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8 thoughts on “Suthers and Senate: Conflicting Rumors

  1. He’s got the whole Obamacare lawsuit thing on his record now, and in a couple of years that’s almost certainly going to be a growing millstone around his neck.

    While he’s been less partisan than I feared overall, he has used the AG’s office to do some other partisan deeds, and I think that hurts.

  2. Suthers won’t run.

    You’re going to see another movement conservative candidate. Look for Kent Lambert or Scott Renfroe to give it a go. Amy Stephens would be a candidate quite a few conservatives would love to support, I surmise, notwithstanding the kerfuffle over her role in the state health care exchange legislation. There’s also Scott Gessler. I think Pols has it wrong that he’d try for the governor’s chair.  

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