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August 01, 2017 10:38 AM UTC

Donna Lynne is Kinda Sorta Maybe Running for Governor

  • by: Colorado Pols

As the Denver Post reports, Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne says that she is almost totally running for Governor:

Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne just took a big step toward running for governor, telling The Denver Post that she would file the necessary paperwork Tuesday to campaign and raise money even though she still hasn’t committed 100 percent toward pursuing Colorado’s top job.

It’s an unusual maneuver — and one that could complicate her plans to succeed her boss, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. Normally candidates spend weeks preparing for these kinds of announcements and when they do it’s with less equivocation. [Pols emphasis]

But Lynne has decided to back into a race that’s already overwhelmed with both Democratic and Republican candidates, including a field of primary opponents that includes Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, former state treasurer Cary Kennedy and former state Sen. Mike Johnston.

Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne

There have been rumors for months that Lynne wanted to make a bid for the top job in the state, though there has not been much mutual interest among Democrats in Colorado. Lynne acknowledged as much in her interview with the Post, saying that she is not “100%” committed to running for Governor because she’s not sure anyone really wants her to try:

Lynne said she’s taking this route for two principal reasons: to be upfront about her intentions as she continues her job as lieutenant governor, and to ensure she can consolidate the necessary support to mount a competitive campaign.

She added that she would make a final decision before the first week of September.

Let’s not overcomplicate this — if you’re not sure that you would have the support to mount a strong statewide campaign, then you don’t have the support to mount a strong statewide campaign.

Lynne faces significant hurdles in mounting a bid for the Democratic nomination for Governor, not the least of which is the fact that she — and Gov. John Hickenlooper —promised that Lynne would NOT run for Governor when she was appointed to the LG post in March 2016. Lynne apparently has an answer to that question — though not a very good one:

She said her time in office, however, has convinced her to take a greater role, and that it wouldn’t be a concern for Hickenlooper.

“One of the first things I did was that I asked the governor: ‘Do you feel that you asked me not to run?’ and he said ‘I never asked you not to run. What I did was express a preference for A) somebody from the private sector and B) somebody who didn’t have political aspiration,” she said. 

“I think you’ll hear him consistently say he actually thinks this (pursuit) is a good thing,” she said. [Pols emphasis]

Yeah, that’s not exactly a ringing endorsement.

It doesn’t make a lot of sense for Lynne to be thinking of running for Governor, and Lynne’s tepid “announcement” seems to indicate that she is well aware of this fact.


12 thoughts on “Donna Lynne is Kinda Sorta Maybe Running for Governor

  1. I'm just gonna leave this here.

    "There's been a lot of research on both sides whether fracking is safe, fracking isn't safe, but it is obviously an economic engine for this state," Lynne said. "And so I think the governor … really believes in the evidence that you can do it safely and we've got to keep the jobs we have here that are connected to the oil and gas industry, because it's not just those job, it's a lot of jobs (that support) those communities."


    1. She must be Frackenlooper's second in command, all right….repeating those talking points about all those mythical oil and gas jobs in CO.

      Here's how that works:

      If you roll over in bed and say, "Pass me the oil, honey," that counts as an oil job.

      If in the course of your day, you say, "Whew! That burrito gave me some explodobutt gas," that counts as a gas job.

      If you don't count those instances, we only have about 25,000 direct oil and gas jobs in the state of Colorado today. (down from 28,000 in 2012)

      For comparison, Colorado alone employs 6,000 in the wind industry, and  6,000 in solar. Conservation and energy efficiency: 40,000 jobs in Colorado. . Total coal jobs in CO: 995.

      Lt. Governor Lynne, move away from the Trumpstench. Colorado jobs are not dependent on digging up dinosaur dung. We're leading the renewable energy economy, and we need to own that.

    2. we've got to keep the jobs we have here that are connected to the oil and gas industry

      By that logic, since poppies are a major cash crop in Afghanistan and we want to try to stabilize that country, does she also advocate legalizing heroin?

      1. See.  Moldy anus likes her.  All aboard the Donna Lynne bandwagon!!!


        Moldy, stupid is you and the Republicreeps beating the dead horse that is ACA repeal just because you're DESPERATE for a win

  2. Let's see: We need Donna Lynne to run because:

      * she's from the private sector. I'm not sure, but I think Noel Ginsburg may have a stake there, too.

      * she's uniquely qualified from her experiences as a woman in a man's world.  Cary Kennedy might undercut that a bit.

      * she's already worked with the Colorado Legislature? Mike Johnston was there for nearly 8 years.

      * she'd be well funded from her connections in NY and her time with Kaiser? I'm pretty certain money won't be Jared Polis' problem.

    But hey, after many people saying she wasn't running for governor in 2016, I'm sure it won't be a problem that she's running for governor in 2017 and 2018.

    1. You left out her most important qualification…..

      Mouth-piece for the fracking industry. Is there anyone else on the Dem side willing to do that dirty task?

  3. Oh, give the light-hick a break, people, . . . 

    . . . the Republicans are gonna' need to find someone to run for Governor against Polis — why's it always gotta' be some loon from Neville-Neville-land?!?

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