Michael Bennet Gets First 2016 Challenger: Darryl Glenn

Republican Darryl Glenn, apparently.

Republican Darryl Glenn, apparently.

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet apparently has his first official (potential) challenger to his 2016 re-election campaign, and you probably didn't see this coming any more than we did. As the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Denver Post both reported today, El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2016.

Who is Darryl Glenn, you ask? Well, you see…um…er…we'll tell you?

Actually, we had never heard of Darryl Glenn before today, and we're not alone. From what we understand, this announcement was as much of a surprise to many Republican politicos as it was to everyone else. We know that Glenn is an attorney in private practice and a super-duper conservative Christian who was just elected to his second term as an El Paso County Commissioner after serving two terms on the Colorado Springs City Council. Here's part of his bio from El Paso County:

Darryl Glenn graduated from Doherty High School in Colorado Springs. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master’s in Business Administration from Western New England College and a Juris Doctor from New England School of Law.

Glenn retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after 21 years of active duty and reserve service. He led a $19 million Iceland Command and Control Enhancement Program implementing performance standards that saved $400,000. He served as Program Manager for a $5 billion office responsible for implementing a base realignment and closure plan. And, he supervised 35 communication system programs valued at $1 billion developing support plans that saved $20 million while providing a 40 percent increase in warfighting capability.

Say what you will about Glenn, but anybody who helped implement performance standards for the Iceland Command and Control Enhancement Program must be…well, whatever. We don't know what that means, either.

What we do know is that the 2014 election of Republican Cory Gardner to the U.S. Senate has created a perception of a new sense of opportunity for many Republicans looking to take a shot at higher office — and Glenn is just the beginning. Glenn acknowledged his early entry into the race in announcing his campaign, saying in a press release that he is jumping in the race now because he wants to use all the time he can to put together a statewide infrastructure that can help him secure the Republican nomination for the seat.

It's too early to judge whether Glenn can be a competitive candidate, but by entering the race now, he is going to force other potential Republican candidates to make their intentions known sooner rather than later. Remember that Gardner didn't enter the 2014 race until late February, and you can see how things are changing already. 2016 is not going to be like 2014, in more ways than one.

13 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. bullshit! says:

    WTF, Pols! ICELAND!!!!

  2. FrankUnderwood says:

    How exciting! Can Owen Hill, Randy Bumgarden, and Amy Stephens be far behind?

    • Moderatus says:

      He won't be te nominee, but Republicans have a great bench for 2016. Meanwhile the Democrat bench gets thinner and thinner. What will Romanoff run for and lose next time?

      • FrankUnderwood says:

        Other than Coffman, who has displayed an ability to win in a competitive district, what goes your deep bench consist of? Wayne Williams?  An intra-family primary between Mike and Cynthia?  Your state legislators?  (Buck, Tipton and Stillborn are not credible statewide candidates.)

        • Moderatus says:

          You keep saying that, and every election Republicans keep winning. What about Stapleton? Jon Keyser? Clarice Navarro? Cory Gardner for President?

          Bye bye, Don Quick and Betsy Markey.

          • FrankUnderwood says:

            Stapleton may be one Bush too many on the GOP ticket with cousin Jeb  as the presidential candidate.  Who are Keyser and Navarro?  Dr. Chaps has more name recognition than most of his colleagues in the legislature.

      • Canines says:

        What?! He isn't fiscally conservative enough or something?

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          . . . . hmmmm, . . . "something".

          • FrankUnderwood says:

            You mean that "other-ness" that's fueled the GOP's obsessive hatred towards Obama for the last six years.  Darryl Glenn may have the same problem?  What could that be………

            • DawnPatrol says:

              Absolutely. President Obama and Commissioner Glenn share a "pigmentation problem" that the racist GOP simply cannot abide.

              Republicans openly despise people of color — unless of course they're fawning sycophants who "know their place." And even then they can barely contain their disgust and contempt for these "useful idiots."

  3. ElliotFladen says:

    This was NOT a surprise if you have El Paso County connections. It had been rumored for months if not years. 

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