The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has commandeered Colorado’s Senate primary race, kicking aside 10 of their fellow Dems to declare John Hickenlooper as their winner ahead of the March election.
It’s a bold, and reckless move, telling Democrat voters here they’ve swung too far left and need to get back on the establishment wagon.
Not surprisingly, the other candidates who assumed this was a free country and that primaries were for voters to select their candidate, are miffed.
Take candidate Andrew Romanoff, for example:
There’s nothing democratic about the DSCC. Selling Senate seats to the highest bidders—Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Insurance—is a surefire way to depress turnout & destroy reform.
— Andrew Romanoff (@Romanoff2020) August 24, 2019
Democrats are the party of “Big Oil, Big Parma, Big Insurance?”
Someone should let Gov. Polis know.
The DSCC didn’t immediately respond to a question about criticism that the committee is getting involved in the primary too soon. The last time the organization played a significant role in a Colorado primary was in the 2010 U.S. Senate contest in which they backed Michael Bennet over Romanoff.
That was just a two-person race.
This primary election is among 11 Democrats, counting Hick.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — in what reeks as a pre-arranged, behind-closed-doors deal — endorsed Hick some 48 hours after he entered the race.
Here’s who the Washington Powers That Be passed over to
cut a deal with endorse Hickenlooper, failed presidential candidate.
Dan Baer, former U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
Diana Bray, climate justice advocate
Lorena Garcia, nonprofit leader and executive director of the Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition
Alice Madden, former Colorado House majority leader and former U.S. Energy Department official
Andrew Romanoff, former Colorado House speaker
Stephany Rose Spaulding, professor of women’s and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado’s Colorado Springs
Trish Zornio, scientist
John Walsh, former U.S. attorney
Michelle Ferrigno Warren, advocate and nonprofit leader
Angela Williams, state senator