2010 Political Campaigns

GOP Senate contenders match wits, witticisms

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

LAKEWOOD — Republican U.S. Senate candidates united in a vow to stem the tidal wave of Democratic deficit spending in Congress at a forum Tuesday sponsored by Colorado Christian University. They voiced grave concerns about the direction of the country — but the gravity was lifted by a few humorous exchanges.

McInnis tosses debate gauntlet to Ritter

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

LAKEWOOD — After months of being hammered for not debating his opponents in the Republican race for the gubernatorial nomination, Scott McInnis threw a left hook during a candidates’ forum on Tuesday, challenging Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter to debate.

Schultheis opts out of SD 9 rerun

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Sen. Dave Schultheis, R-Colorado Springs, announced to supporters on Election Day that he would not seek re-election in 2010.

GOP women treated to McInnis at forum

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Never underestimate the power of women — particularly the Colorado Federation of Republican Women. The feminine movers and shakers achieved the distinction of hosting the first GOP gubernatorial candidates’ forum that drew all three contenders — including former 3rd District Congressman Scott McInnis.

Suthers sits pretty in state AG’s office

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers loves his job.

An attorney by trade and a Republican by party, Suthers has dedicated much of his professional life to serving the public good.

Ryan Frazier shifts efforts to CD 7 race

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

BRIGHTON — Aurora City Council member Ryan Frazier has dropped out of the crowded field of GOP senatorial candidate and has set his sites on a new campaign.

Tom Wiens ready for official Senate launch

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It has been a long time coming, but the moment is nigh. Former state Sen. Tom Wiens, R-Castle Rock, says he’ll announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate within the next three weeks.

Knock, knock! Who's there? Not McInnis!

McInnis says this ain't no joke

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

WESTMINSTER — The campaign trail in the race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination is beginning to feel like a well-worn path.

Markey continues to build war chest

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Rep. Betsy Markey continued to build her 2010 campaign war chest during the third quarter of 2009, adding $343,000 between July 1 and Sept. 30, according to her campaign. Markey spokesman Ben Marter told The Colorado Statesman on Wednesday that she had collected the contributions from more than 1,700 donors and has $751,400 cash on hand as of Oct. 1.

McInnis hits road on stump tour

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

As he kicked off his second statewide tour since announcing his bid for governor, Republican Scott McInnis used a stump speech on the West Steps of the Capitol on Monday to criticize Gov. Bill Ritter while promoting himself as the right person to solve Colorado’s budget problems. He was flanked by members of his family. The crowd of supporters consisted mainly of former elected officials and a few current legislators and county commissioners.