With Republican Congressman Scott Tipton’s larger-than-expected trouncing of Sal Pace (D-Urination) in 2012, we thought Democrats had given up all hope at ever making a spirited challenge for that seat in the near future.
Turns out there are a few high profile Democrats with ambitions bigger than their political brains.
Reports National Journal’s Hotline on Call:
At least two Democrats are considering running against Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., next year: state Sen. Gail Schwartz and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. Multiple state Democrats confirmed Schwartz and Garcia are being recruited to run in the state’s 3rd Congressional District.
Schwartz, a two-term senator and the majority whip in Colorado’s upper legislative chamber, cannot run for her seat again in 2014 due to term limits. Multiple state Democrats hailed her as a potentially strong fundraiser.
…Garcia has never run for elected office in his own right — Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper selected Garcia as a running mate in 2010 — but the motorcycle-riding LG’s biography and experience have some fellow Democrats excited about his prospects.
As we noted after the election, not only did Pace lose last year, but he got less votes than Kevin Lundberg did against Congressman Jared Polis in CD2. And no one even called CD2 competitive.
If the 3rd Congressional District was safe territory for Tipton in 2012 despite the 84,930 OFA offices the Obama campaign had littered across the state, it’s most certainly safe terrain in 2014.
Oh and then there is this:
— Colo Peak Politics (@COpeakpolitics) March 27, 2013
With both Schwartz and Garcia tied to gun control legislation that has sparked massive protests across CD3 from Durango to Grand Junction, we think it’s safe to say Scott Tipton ain’t got a race on his hands.