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October 05, 2015 03:39 PM UTC

KNUS Host Dan Caplis "Very Serious" about Senate Run

  • by: Jason Salzman

(All aboard the clown car! If it is an election year, Dan Caplis is talking about running for something! – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Dan Caplis.
Dan Caplis.

On Channel 12’s “Colorado Inside Out” Friday, Westword Editor Patty Calhoun seemed to surprise moderator Dominic Dezzutti when she said Denver radio host Dan Caplis is considering a U.S. Senate run against Democrat Michael Bennet.

“Tim Neville, who announced [his U.S. candidacy] yesterday , a conservative, leaves a lot of room for someone else to jump in,” said Calhoun in response to Dezzutti’s question about the Colorado Senate race. “The most interesting one I’ve heard lately is, Dan Caplis is looking again at a race.”

“I appreciate Patty saying that because it’s true,” Caplis told me this afternoon when I called to confirm. “I absolutely have a serious interest.”

Caplis, a Denver attorney and longtime radio personality, told me he was fully behind the potential candidacy of George Brauchler, and thinks Brauchler would make a great senator. But when Brauchler decided against running last week, Caplis decided to consider entering the race himself, he said.

“I just need to make sure it’s the right thing for our family first,” said Caplis, whose talk show airs on KNUS 710-AM. “And then, beyond that, I’ll just take a good hard look at whether this is the way to make the best contribution that I can. I mean, that’s what most people try to do. That’s what I’m trying to do. Is this the best way to do that?”

Caplis, a conservative Republican, will announce his decision is six to eight weeks after meetings and further thought, he said, promising not to “drag out” the decision.

Caplis’ name was floated in 2009 as a possible opponent for Sen. Michael Bennet. And back in 2007, Caplis spent a couple months traveling the state and talking with folks about whether to run against Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar.

“It would hard to be a lot more serious than we were about it before,” said Caplis when asked if he was more serious this time around. “Honestly, we were very close to getting in before. It’s pretty much the same this time. I’m very serious about it, but I have to make sure, first and foremost, that it’s right for the family.”

“Beyond that, I think it’s pretty clear that a person can make a pretty big contribution as a U.S. Senator, if they are willing to do what it takes to make that contribution. And I think there’s a lot at stake in this election.”

Asked if he’s more like Ken Buck or Cory Gardner, Caplis said, “Don’t box me in. Don’t put any labels on me. That’s one of the reason I’d love to run this race, is to do it the right way. Stand up and tell people what you really believe and what you are really going to do and not get boxed in by labels or any of that. And if people want me, they want me. And if they don’t, they don’t. But if I run this race, it’s going to be a race unlike people have seen before.”


15 thoughts on “KNUS Host Dan Caplis “Very Serious” about Senate Run

    1. Who cares, Modster?  There aren't enough people taking this little D list rightie radio celeb seriously as a senatorial candidate to fill a… guess we have to stop saying phone booth. To fill a clown car? But, hey, the more the merrier. Who will Modster give his whole heart to next week? Once again… who cares?

  1. As Democrats, we shouldn't take Caplis lightly. 

    Neville has ZERO chance against Bennett. Caplis could make this a toss-up election though. Laugh at him all you want, but I would invest some time in oppo-research on Caplis, rather than popping the popcorn and sitting back. 

    1. Oh please. Caplis will be our Senator right after I receive word that I'm really the rightful Queen of Estonia or something. Heck. That'll happen before he even gets nominated.. What have you been smoking, Miguel?

      1. Caplis is sharper than most GOPers. He has high NAME ID, and he is unlikely (not impossible) but unlikely to say something stupid like "illegitmate rape" or offer primers on "self-deportion."

        Again, my 'higher' opinion on Caplist is based on the fact that he has NAME ID and is sharper than most GOPers.

        Neville will say crazy right-wing bs, and he'll actually be quite proud of saying it, which is why he's a slam-dunk victory (for Bennett). 

        1. That may all be true. It's just not enough. He's still never going to be a Senator. The leap straight from never elected to anything to Senator by a local radio talking head is just too much of a stretch.  Get back to me on crow eating if I'm wrong.

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