While 2012 is barely over, speculation is already rampant as to who is running for a number of high profile seats in 2014. To stoke the fires, we will be reporting on the rumors and innuendo floating around the political set in the coming weeks and months.
First up — Attorney General of Colorado — is likely to be one of the marquee races of the cycle. As the incumbent, Republican John Suthers, is term-limited the seat is wide open, leaving the possibility of competitive primaries on both sides of the aisle.
Sources tell Colorado Peak Politics that there are three big names floating about on the Republican side, and three big names on the Democratic side as well.
On the left, the names that keep popping up are Senate Majority Leader Morgan Carroll, Adams County District Attorney Don Quick and Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett. As Colorado Pols has speculated, Morgan Carroll looks to be eyeing both the AG’s race and CD6. Stan Garnet lost big to Suthers in 2010 but could be looking for his second shot.
Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey’s name has also been bandied about, but we’re told he is less likely than the others to jump in. If Morrissey were more serious about running he wouldn’t be looking to up his own taxpayer-funded salary right now.
On the right, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck’s run is a foregone conclusion at this point, sources report. Rumored to be looking at runs are Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman (married to Congressman Mike Coffman) and House Minority Leader Mark Waller.
Buck will obviously be tough to beat in a GOP primary, but his two potential opponents are no lightweights themselves. One question for his campaign is the degree to which primary voters hold Buck responsible for losing what was seen as a winnable US Senate seat in 2010.
Waller may be too busy running the State House Republican effort, but if he did get in, he’d be a force to reckon with, especially in El Paso. A number of people have already approached him about running, Waller told The Denver Post recently.
Cynthia Coffman, for her part, would start off with some decent name ID due to her husband, but more importantly is widely beloved among the political set in Colorado. She hasn’t run for public office before, but don’t think that means she wouldn’t be a strong candidate. At this point, Coffman is a bit of a wild card in the race.
If all three got in, there wouldn’t be an easy path to the nomination for any of them.
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