Why is Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont) the special guest this Saturday at a townhall meeting in Ft. Collins? It seems to us like Shaffer's first move towards a run in CD4 against Congressman Cory Gardner.

Shaffer has long been rumored to have his eye on the CD4 Congressional seat and Ft. Collins is the key city in must-win Larimer county.

Shaffer wouldn't announce his candidacy this early, especially since he's not sure his home in Longmont will be in CD4 after redistricting, but a townhall in Ft. Collins is a clear move in that direction. 

CD4 will most certainly be an uphill battle for Shaffer if he decides to throw his hat in the ring, as Gardner won by over 11,000 votes last election. 

Additionally, Shaffer's stand with public employees for collective bargaining rights won't sell well to his potential constituents.  Ballot initiatives to institute collective bargaining for public employees has failed three times in Ft. Collins, including the time the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) spent $100,000 on their campaign. That initiative was defeated 2-1 by voters.

Looks like national Democrats realize what Shaffer may not. CD4 is not even in their top 25 targets.