Gossip: June 20, 2014
IS THERE A CANDIDATE FOR LG IN THE HOUSE?
[Updated June 25, 2014 to reflect House's interest in "interviewing for the job."]
If you started following the GOP gubernatorial primary candidates from the start of the year, you know there were a few other contenders early on besides the final four. Adams County GOP chairman Steve House was one of them.
The businessman and healthcare consultant from Brighton, however, failed to qualify for the June 24 primary ballot when Republicans convened their state assembly mid-April, receiving only 13 percent of the delegate support when 30 percent was the minimum threshold. But that hasn’t stopped House from participating in the race for governor on the sidelines. Two weeks after the state assembly, House formally endorsed Bob Beauprez, saying in a release that, “Bob and I agree, empowering job creators with fewer restrictive regulations and more common sense will create more good paying jobs for Colorado. I believe that Bob’s brand of strong leadership is right for Colorado.” And since that time, we’ve spotted House on the campaign trail, reinforcing Beauprez’s business-oriented campaign message, which is similar to what he was preaching as an actual candidate in the early months of this year.
Now there’s some speculation that House is being considered as a possible runningmate for Beauprez. House was on stage with the Republican nominee Tuesday night at the Denver Athletic Club where Beauprez was celebrating his victory. He later confirmed to The Colorado Statesman that he intends to interview for the number two spot.
“The governor’s race hinges on Denver and Boulder,” House pointed out when we questioned whether it might not be geographically advantageous to have the nominee and his runningmate from basically the same parts of the state. Beauprez, Kopp and Tancredo are from the Denver suburbs, and Gessler is close by in Denver.
“Being in the metro area gives you an edge,” House reiterated. Although he grew up a rural kid and is familiar with farmland and the like, his home outside of Denver would allow him good access to reach a lot of people who ordinarily might not see candidates along the campaign trail. Some of those places include churches where Hispanics are heavily concentrated, House said as example.
As for his qualifications to be considered LG material, House pointed out the usual criteria including, of course, the ability to actually be governor should that occasion occur; and a willingness to “put in time, money and effort” to run a campaign. He feels he has both.
“I got into this race myself because we have to defeat Hickenlooper,” House recounted. “My experience in business and healthcare can contribute to the budget structure,” he added about his acumen in those areas.
“I absolutely will do it,” if asked, House told The Colorado Statesman.
SONDERMANN MAKING A MOVE
The well-known Eric Sondermann, who helmed the successful SE2 consulting firm in Denver, has transitioned out of his ownership role at the company he established 17 years ago, allowing him to pursue a host of other varied interests. For his next chapter, Eric S. intends to move in multiple directions instead of focusing on a single job, according to his surprise announcement. Those include further civic leadership (maybe even a stab at elective office when Hick wraps up his second term?), more writing and commentary, some high-level consulting, perhaps even something entrepreneurial, as well as time on his bicycle. “And plenty more. He’s thinking of it as “Sondermann-at-large,” he said.
Eric Sondermann is flanked by his wife, Tracy Dunning, left, and public affairs consultant Maria Garcia Berry, right during a reunion of Lamm staffers in 2013.
Now we hate to sound sappy, but we can actually remember when young Eric worked for Dick Lamm in the late 1970s, as well as some of his escapades after that. He later founded The Sondermann Group before it morphed into SE2, at which he served as chairman most recently.
Eric Anderson and Susan Morrisey will now share SE2 ownership and leadership responsibilities, continuing their roles as CEO and president respectively. The well-integrated staff of 11 will remain in place unchanged. “While the ownership and direction of the firm is in Eric A. and Susan’s hands, Eric S. will still collaborate with us on current and future projects, ensuring continuity for existing clients,” according to remaining high level staffers.
We wish Eric the best and expect to see him hugely successful in his next venture(s).