Former U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell jumped in a little early in endorsing a Republican candidate to run against Michael Bennet.

The campaign cycle has barely begun and there’s bound to be more candidates entering the race in the coming months.

But it’s typical Campbell to set his mind to something and charge right in, and he’s got a lot in common with the candidate he’s chosen, Eli Bremer.

Both men are former Olympic athletes, both men are Air Force veterans, and both men have locked horns with the Republican Party, albeit in completely different manners.

Campbell was never afraid to buck party leadership. He was always more westerner than Republican or Democrat who never minced words and didn’t give a fig who he pissed off. Actually, he seemed to enjoy it.

Bremer has more baggage with the party over the years. Then there’s the time we went too far and caused a major stink after secretly recording a phone call with then-Colorado GOP chair and U.S. Rep. Ken Buck after the district party assembly in El Paso County.

Campbell said in his endorsement, first reported by Colorado Politics, that he’s known Bremer for decades and does not make his endorsement lightly.

“I’ve seen his grit and patriotism in representing our country in the Olympics and Air Force, and I’ve seen his thoughtful leadership in business and politics,” Campbell said. “In Eli, Colorado will be getting a senator who puts Coloradans first, not party or his own ambition.”

Also running for the GOP nomination are Peter Yu, Erik Aadland, and Juli Henry.