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March 19, 2006 09:00 AM UTC

Favorite Emerges in HD-26 Vacancy

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  • by: Colorado Pols

Rep. Betty Boyd will be appointed to fill the seat of Sen. Deanna Hanna, who was forced to resign earlier this month and will serve her last day in the legislature on Tuesday.

Expect the vacancy committee in HD-26, which will meet to fill Boyd’s seat, to appoint Linda Mulligan as Boyd’s replacement. Mulligan is a long-time member of the Communications Workers union and has been active within the Colorado AFL-CIO for years. While there are two other contenders, Andy Kerr and Ric Swain, Mulligan is a heavy favorite because she will almost certainly get the full — and aggressive — support of organized labor not only now but when she runs for re-election this fall. The vacancy committee will take into serious consideration the question of which candidate has the best chance to hold the seat in the fall, and Mulligan’s support from organized labor gives her a big edge there.

Mark Messenbaugh would have made the vacancy committee more competitive, but since it was ruled he cannot be appointed, Mulligan should breeze through the committee.

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  1. WOW…I was there yesterday when all the candidates presented and I completely disagree that Linda Mulligan is the heavy favorite.  One guy next to me fell asleep during her speech. When she got the one minute warning, she continued to speak on and on, and in my opinion, nothing that she shared spoke to what is needed to move the district or state foward. It also clear that even if she can win the vacancy committee, she will NOT be able to win an election in November.  HD-26 is a swing district, and Linda Mulligan works for the AFL-CIO and the republicans in the HD will never vote for a union organizer. 

    Andy Kerr is  CLEARLY the front runner; even more so after yesterday’s speech.  He  knows and understands the district and what it will take to win the election in November.  He has been heavily involved in politics from a young age, he knows how to recruit and engage the young people, and he understands the issues better than anyone else.  He and the people that spoke for him, clearly articulated what he represents and his knowledge and expertise is needed in order to keep a democratic seat in November.

    Andy Kerr is obviously what is needed for HD-26.

  2. I was at the meeting and Linda’s speech was all about just what the disrict needs. She is a smart pro choice hard working woman. Not like Jeffco likes to elect women but. Linda has spent years working for other canidates and understands what it takes to win. Hard work and a well financed large support base.

  3. I was at the meeting and Linda’s speech was all about just what the disrict needs. She is a smart pro choice hard working woman. Not like Jeffco likes to elect women but. Linda has spent years working for other canidates and understands what it takes to win. Hard work and a well financed large support base.

  4. Didn’t Colorado Pols say a week ago that Mark Messenbaugh was going to take this seat? 

    This was obviously a last ditch effort by the AFL/CIO to try and get a few more votes for Mulligan. 

    Andy is clearly the front runner in this race.

  5. Didn’t Colorado Pols say a week ago that Mark Messenbaugh was going to take this seat? 

    This was obviously a last ditch effort by the AFL/CIO to try and get a few more votes for Mulligan. 

    Andy is clearly the front runner in this race.

  6. For what it is worth, all three of the leading candidates in the Boyd vacancy race have union ties and draw their political experience from that wing of the Democratic party.  I very much doubt that anyone will breeze through the vacancy committee process.

  7. We did say that Messenbaugh was the favorite, but then the Secretary of State and Attorney General ruled that he cannot be appointed.

    While it’s true that all three candidates have union ties, not all ties are bound the same.

  8. Well it is obvious it will be a labor candidate! Irregardless if you do not know what there real job with a union is. It is funny how different people PRESUME what labor actually does, and what one’s job might be in the labor movement.  People in the previous blogs are obviously uneducated as to what they actually do, and also is underestimating the will of the American Labor Movement (especially in Colorado).  Which ever candidate is tapped to fill the position, will most likely be supported by labor if they like any other candidate goes thru there endorsement process and passes.  Many working class americans really do appreciate what Labor Unions bring to this country.  And while all of you who are making noise about being at the meeting and bashing the others with out knowing them, I can honestly say, I was not at the meeting, and know of each person, who all deserve a chance, Ric a long time loyalist to his community, party and labor union, Andy a vibrant and exciting look to our future who is also a member of a Teachers Union, and Linda an absoulutly proven advocate of all working families.  Let’s remember what the other party likes to do and thats to degrade there opponents till they lose, then they are buddies..  Just because they win that way, does not mean we need to continue their bad habits.  These are wonderful people who deserve a chance to be “Citizen Legislatures”  not some one’s punching bag because they do not know them.  So all of you need to stop acting like your an outsider, when most of you are probably close to them, and are trying to give an outsiders perspective.  People who attended “Saturday’s” Event are all associated in one way or another.

    Oh yeah, by the way, I am advocate of Linda Mulligan and sincerly hope she gets in.  And I really was not there.

    And if she don’t I will support who ever the committes chooses.

    Remember, Cynisism, and apathy already exists in our world, we do not need to create more. Stop the non-sense, and just voice your support and accounts why, not why not, especially if you do not know them personally.

    This will be a tough race for all, including the ones who were not mentioned.  Good Luck to all.

    UNITED WE STAND,  divided we fall!

    Disclaimer:  I am not a english major, and am not pretending to be one!  🙂

    Can’t we all just get along!

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