There’s an article by the Associated Press floating around numerous news sites in Denver about potential Democratic candidates calling folks in Iowa to see if they’re available to work as staffers for their 2020 presidential runs.
No, Gov. Hickenlooper is not named in the story. However, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is, but he’s mentioned way at the bottom of the list among the “meanwhile” contenders.
Meanwhile, other emerging Democrats are just starting to make Iowa contacts. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennett, a relatively new name to the 2020 discussion, has been in contact with some influential Iowa Democrats, while New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who won re-election to a third term this month, has contacted Des Moines-area Democrats.
Names also being dropped as potential presidential contenders hunting for Iowa staffers includes Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland.
Bennet isn’t up for reelection until 2022, so technically, he can run for president and then run for reelection to the Senate when that doesn’t work out.
This isn’t the first time Bennet’s name has been barely mentioned for the presidential race. The Denver Post tossed his name out in March in a larger article about Hickenlooper.
The Washington Examiner also threw in Bennet’s name in a 2016 article about the 2020 race with a million other names.