Well, it looks like I won’t have to be the one to spark a Colorado Democratic primary fight after all: Former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff has filed papers to challenge our appointed U.S. Senator, “just one vote” Michael Bennet.
The two of them are both straight, white, male, Wonder Bread twins–neither of them could win a one-man charm contest. Romanoff will have to run to Bennet’s left, which will be a good thing. (And there’s plenty of room to swim around in over there!) Romanoff’s background isn’t quite as posh as Bennet’s, and he has the advantage of having run and won several elections. Accordingly, Romanoff has statewide connections with labor, Latinos, and the Dem machine–none of which Bennet had until last January, or has in any depth now. (Most of his money has come from out-of-state–Daddy’s rich friends and the Old School Ties presumably swung into action for him, to the tune of $900,000!)
Romanoff has a kind of earnest wonkishness that appeals to me–he’s someone who has worked for what he’s achieved politically, not someone who (in the famous words of the late Texas Governor Ann Richards talking about George H. W. Bush) “was born on [or appointed to] third base, and thinks he hit a triple.” (The Locust Valley Lockjaw really is out of control with that Bennet guy. Someone in his campaign should suggest an accent coach!)