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John ‘I’m Not Cut Out to be a Senator’ Hickenlooper Launches Senate Campaign

John ‘I’m Not Cut Out to be a Senator’ Hickenlooper Launches Senate Campaign

“I’m not done fighting for the people of Colorado.”

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper dropped out the presidential race on August 15 after failing to make an impact. Rumors swirled the day before that he considered dropping out to run for the Senate even though he often stressed he is “not cut out to be a senator.”

That stance officially changed on Thursday. Hickenlooper announced his Senate campaign to unseat Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020.

Hickenlooper released a video today. The video’s description says, “Brewer, scientist, small biz owner, former Mayor, and Governor. Husband. Dad. Occasional banjo player. He/Him/His.”

From CNN:

“I’ve always said Washington was a lousy place for a guy like me who knows how to get things done — but this is no time to walk away from the table,” Hickenlooper says in his campaign announcement video. “We ought to be working together to move this country forward and stop the political nonsense. I know changing Washington is hard, but I want to give it a shot. I’m not done fighting for the people of Colorado.”

Hickenlooper’s entry into the Colorado Senate race is a key get for Democrats who have been struggling to recruit candidates in their effort to win control of the Senate in 2020. He will seek to challenge Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican seen as one of the most vulnerable lawmakers in 2020.

The Democrats took over the House of Representatives in 2016, but could not make a dent in the Senate. If the Democrats win the White House in 2020, they only need to flip three Republican seats to take over the Senate. If Trump wins, then they need four seats.

I blogged on August 14 that hypothetical polls have shown that Hickenlooper has a chance to come out on top:

The Denver Post on Sunday published polling done on behalf of “a national Democratic group involved in Senate races” that showed Mr. Hickenlooper holding a 51-point lead over two other Democrats in the state’s 2020 Senate race.

On Monday, the 314 Action Fund, a super PAC that backs candidates who are scientists, announced a “Draft Hick for Senate” campaign along with a poll it commissioned showing Mr. Hickenlooper leading Senator Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican seeking re-election, by 13 percentage points in a head-to-head matchup.

Many senior advisors told Hickenlooper in the spring to end his campaign. If the situation did not get better they would leave.

Many have left because Hickenlooper maintains a position in the bottom tier. He spends more than he brings in from fundraisers.

Hickenlooper is the 12th candidate in the Colorado race. Despite a large number of candidates, Cook Political Report has the Colorado Senate race as a tossup.

A poll from Emerson Polling that took place August 16-19 has Hickenlooper over Gardner:

In a hypothetical Senate matchup between Sen. Cory Gardner and former Governor John Hickenlooper, Hickenlooper holds a strong lead with 53% to 40% for Gardner. 8% are undecided. The key to Hickenlooper’s lead is his strong performance among Independents, among whom he leads Gardner 55% to 34%.

Hickenlooper left as governor “in January with an approval rating nearly 20 percentage points above water.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer immediately went to Hickenlooper to encourage him to run for the Senate. The two met again in early August. Schumer once again pressured Hickenlooper to challenge Gardner.

Axios reported that a source said, “Schumer needs John Hickenlooper real bad.” Supposedly Schumer told Hickenlooper he “could be the person who is the firewall between Mitch McConnell staying as majority leader in 2021 or the Democrats taking the Senate.”


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Douche. Bag.

tommy mc donnell | August 22, 2019 at 12:08 pm

he is not done fighting for the democrat party. there isn’t anybody in Washington that is there to fight for the people, only for their party.

So Hickenlooper, Is that a . . . stupid name? — Barack Obama

2smartforlibs | August 22, 2019 at 12:49 pm

How can he even consider a run after he’s all but made his opponents ads already? Its been a while since I was in Co but how thick is that pot smoke?

He should get a room with Cory Booker.

Well. We both agree on that. The Constitution is nothing but an obstacle to what you wish to do to the citizens of America.

I’m sure he will do everything he can to fight against the people’s will to toe the party line, regardless of the Constitution.

I am hopeful that his campaign ends up retiring his poor old mind.

Well, I for one would NEVER vote for a banjo player.

“I may not be cut out to be a President or Senator, but I am cut out to be a career politician”. Typical.

Grifters gotta grift.


What the ever-lovin’ eff???

Is he trying to alienate his non-binary progressive voter base with his privileged cisgender toxic white maleness before he’s even out of the starting gate?


DouglasJBender | August 22, 2019 at 3:50 pm

The Hicken has flown the cooper.

(Best I could do on short notice.)

DouglasJBender | August 22, 2019 at 4:02 pm

The Hicken from Finger-Lickin’. (Okay, that’s just bad.)

Hickenlooper was never a chicken-cooper. (Worse.)

Super-duper finger-lickin’ Hickenlooper. (I believe I’ve done enough damage for one day.)

“I’m not done fighting for the people of Colorado.”
All he has ever done is FIGHT AGAINST WE THE PEOPLE of COLORADO !

After booker, warren, and the lot of corrupt, incompetent clowns in the senate (obama and clinton among them), ANYONE is qualified to hold office in the Senate. And the House, for that matter.

” yes folks, it’s the hickenlooper pooper scooper–available in stores now–live in san fran? tired of the poop in the driveway, in the yard, on the porch, on top of the car? get the hickenlooper pooper scooper and fight back!!! “

Hell, he ain’t even cut out to be dog-catcher…

He had part interest in a restaurant in Denver. One employee was in the country illegally , and shot and killed a uniformed while off duty police officer . Seems the State of Colorado had to promise no death penalty before extradition from Mexico . My recollection is the perp blamed the death on the victim who should have been wearing a bullet proof vest, and wasn’t, according to the shooter.