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September 23, 2007 06:54 PM UTC

Rep. Doug Bruce, Anyone?

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  • by: Colorado Pols

As Cara DeGette of the Colorado Springs Independent reports:

The news last week whip-sawed through local Republican circles faster than you can repeat that Senate campaign motto from years ago: “Ron May, but Bruce Will.”

State Sen. Ron May, according to the rumor, had resigned a year early. State Rep. Bill Cadman was going to replace him. And that meant there was only one person poised to replace Cadman. That’s right: Douglas Bruce.

The gossip is not new; we reported on this particular round of the “Ascendancy of the Lawmakers” weeks ago. It turned out not to have happened – at least not this time. But the possibility of the legendary King of Mean walking right into the state Legislature brought on new urgency last week. Local party leaders, some speaking on the condition of anonymity, noted that, should Sen. May actually resign early, and Cadman take his place (as he’s expected to do in 2008, anyway), no candidate aside from Bruce has emerged to replace Cadman.

Also, Bruce – who has a longstanding policy of not speaking to this columnist – allegedly has the vacancy committee stacked with his supporters. The lack of another viable candidate in the central/eastern El Paso County district has caught moderate, even rationally conservative Republicans, flat-footed, notes City Councilman Jerry Heimlicher.

“A potential disaster,” is how another local GOP leader puts it.

“This just makes my skin crawl,” says yet another. ..

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27 thoughts on “Rep. Doug Bruce, Anyone?

  1.   Bob Schaffer for U.S. Senator, Doug Lamborn for U.S. Rep, Bill “the Fister” Cadman for State Senator, and Doug “Tabor” Bruce for State Rep……..
      An embarrassment of riches?  (Well, at least the embarrassment part)

    1. Reagan’s family was kept from starvation by that evil New Deal government.  RR was a huge fan of the ND and liberal politics until he met Nancy’s father.  Then he turned traitor on his class.

      How noble. Use government when you need it, kick it in the ass when you don’t.  Just like corporate welfare.

    2. And if elected, are you going to take the taxpayers money for a job you believe is causing the taxpayers so many problems?

      Sounds like the government is a solution for you and Doug Bruce in one way or another, be it for you to legislate tax-cuts, corporate welfare, or implement any type of social laws that fit into the neo-conned agenda.

  2. The GOP has a nearly complete lock on El Paso County, especially the NE half. I find it absolutely remarkable they cfannot find a credible candidate to run against Bruce. Surely Mucus on the Family can cough up someone? I would prefer one of their ilk rather a self-descibed econo-terrorist in the state house!

    Are there no school board members or local city council folks to take him on?

    1. This just isn’t the time or place.  First off, for the record, I’ll believe it when I see it.  This rumor has been going around for a little while now (as the article pointed out), and so far…nothing.

      Second, the article is right when it says that the vacancy committee is stacked for Bruce.  Why try to take him on through that route and set your self up for a beating if you’re thinking about running for the seat in the election cycle (a candidate would stand a much better chance beating Bruce in a primary as opposed to a vacancy committee election).  Why not save your resources for a real election?

      Lastily, there are people who would run against him in a primary election.  And most of the ones I’ve heard of could give him a real run for his money

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