Once again, AP fans, our ever-growing corps of associate solitary reporters can’t figure out which of the many top news stories we should cover today.
But since Colorado voters who are either Unaffiliated or registered Democrats have until tomorrow at 7 pm to choose whom they want to run against Donald Trump’s close personal friend, senator Cory Gardner, we need to lead off with the latest in the saga of progressive Democrat Andrew Romanoff versus our former Governor, John Hickenlooper.
“Hick” ran for President against Trump but dropped out early, as his campaign never caught on.
A former geologist who made tons of money as a beer magnate, he’s a moderate, pro-business, pro-fracking Democrat who lives in the same Precinct as your solitary reporter. He was Mayor of Denver, 2003-2011, and then he was our Governor for eight years.
Hick’s had no legislative experience at all, and at one point during his failed presidential run, he said he’s not cut out to be a Senator.
But then Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is more than eager to switch places with Senator No (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky), openly and blatantly endorsed Hickenlooper to run against Gardner.
At one time or another, some eleven good Democrats filed to run against Gardner, the most endangered of all the current GOP senators up for re-election for another six-year term; and Gardner greedily, greedily takes millions of dollars of PAC money from the NRA. And he’s part of Team McConnell.
Andrew Romanoff, by contrast, served in the Colorado House of Representatives for eight years, during four of which he was Speaker.
The Colorado GOP set a trap for Hick by filing charges against him with the Centennial State’s Independent Ethics Commission, because, while Governor, Hick accepted gifts which violated a provision of the Colorado Constitution designed to promote clean government (https://hidinghickenlooper.com/?utm_medium=ad&utm_source=search&utm_campaign=20200616_adwords-co-sen_ad-search).
Romanoff and Hickenlooper face off in tomorrow’s Democratic primary.
Hick’s leading in the polls, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.
The polls show him ahead, because, unlike Romanoff, Hickenlooper takes PAC money — lots of it.
But we can’t let you go without letting you know that our Chief Judicial Correspondent, associate solitary reporter Susanna Sherman, just learned from RNC Chairlady Ronna Romney McDaniel (Mitt’s niece) that the RNC has initiated proceedings to expel Chief Justice John Roberts from the Republican Party because he sided with SCOTUS’ four sensible Justices in saying no to Louisiana’s attempt to deny reproductive rights to women (see https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/29/politics/abortion-louisiana-law-blocked-supreme-court/index.html).
“Susanna,” McDaniel said, “we just do what Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, tells us to do, and the last thing we in the GOP want to do is let women make their own decisions on what to do with their bodies."