The ghost of GOP kingpin-cum-CU President Bruce Ben$on is still collecting Democrat scalps, though not in the way he may have originally envisioned. As the Boulder Daily Camera reports on the SD-18 race:
Cindy Carlisle’s past and present Democratic colleagues on the University of Colorado Board of Regents are endorsing and financially backing her opponent in the race for a state Senate seat representing Boulder.
Democrats Stephen Ludwig and Michael Carrigan, who, along with Carlisle, make up the Democratic block on the 9-member board, are publicly supporting Rollie Heath in the pivotal Aug. 12 primary.
Heath, a business consultant, has also picked up endorsements from Susan Kirk and state Sen. Gail Schwartz, other Democrats who previously served with Carlisle on the board.
But Carlisle – a frequent voice for academic freedom and faculty governance issues during her tenure on the board – said she has a good showing of support coming from CU faculty and staff members, as well as students. She says her allegiance to her constituents on controversial university and women’s safety issues may give context to her colleagues’ endorsement…
Heath’s campaign has mailed a flier to Boulder voters that prominently displays the endorsement of Carlisle’s colleagues.
“The people who work with Rollie support him,” said Elisabeth Patterson, Heath’s campaign manager. “The people who work with Rollie’s opponent support him.”
Regent Carrigan – a Denver Democrat who has contributed $200 to Heath’s campaign – said: “I simply have more confidence in Rollie’s ability to translate campaign promises into real results.”