Romanoff campaign replaces spokesman — again

By Ernest Luning
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Democratic Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff on Monday hired a new campaign spokesman, Indiana-based political consultant Roy Teicher. Teicher replaces Dean Toda, who joined the campaign at the end of January.

Teicher, a principal in the consulting firm Rorapaugh-Teicher LLC, has been a spokesman for Senate candidates and has a background in small Midwestern newspapers. His firm specializes in first-time candidates, according to its Web site. The site says Teicher's firm can help candidates answer the questions "Why are you running?" and "How do you plan to win?"

Romanoff is challenging U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet for the nomination. The former Colorado House speaker just completed a run of county assemblies where he saw his share of delegates to the state nominating convention increase, Toda said over the weekend.

Teicher said he was hired by Romanoff campaign manager Bill Romjue, whom he "met briefly on the (Joe) Biden campaign in Iowa," where Romjue ran the vice president's campaign for the presidency in 2008.

Teicher is the fourth spokesman Romanoff has had in seven months since entering the race last September. Initial spokeswoman Joelle Martinez was replaced after less than two months by former Colorado Springs Gazette and Colorado Statesman reporter John Schroyer, who was replaced roughly two months later by Toda.

Teicher said the change was "simply a matter of Dean pursuing other opportunities and appears to have been an amicable parting of the ways, and we wish him well."

Toda could not be reached for comment.

Ernest@coloradostatesman.com

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UPDATE:

Toda, reached for comment at his home in Colorado Springs, told The Statesman that his departure from the campaign was because of several disagreements, which he declined to elaborate about for the record. However, he did say it was "somewhat" amicable on both sides.

Toda, a former Colorado Springs Gazette and New York Times editor, said serving as a campaign spokesman allowed him to see sausage being made from the inside. "And being an advocate was a change of mindset," Toda said.

"It was fun. Mostly," he added. "The hours were brutal."

As for what's in his future, Toda says he has some possibilities. He's most likely going to move full-time to Denver.