With Rep. Tom Tancredo announcing he will not seek re-election in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, the scuttlebutt begins about which candidate will rise to the top to secure this safe Republican seat. According to the Rocky Mountain News, former Lt. Governor Jane Norton and former State Senate President John Andrews will stick to the sidelines, as well as radio talk show host Dan Caplis (who, ironically, like Tancredo, appears to be eyeing a 2010 run against U.S. Senator Ken Salazar).
On the other hand, two state legislators – Sen. Ted Harvey (who like Tancredo once worked for my employer, the Independence Institute) and Sen. Tom Wiens (who may sidestep a chance at a career on the big screen) – look to be entering the fray, along with Wil Armstrong (son of the highly reputable former U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong) and current Secretary of State Mike Coffman (whose candidacy is causing the Dead Governors to lick their lips at the prospect of a Democrat Secretary of State).
Meanwhile, Abes Guy at Rocky Mountain Politics begins to dissect the roles and leanings of heavy-hitting conservative players like the Club for Growth and Christian Coalition in the upcoming internecine contest. Unlike several other political races in recent Colorado history, there’s virtually no chance a vicious, hard-fought primary would surrender the seat to the Democrats. But the last thing Republicans in this state should be looking for is a repeat of last year’s Lamborn-Crank showdown in the 5th Congressional.
Stay tuned to Mount Virtus and other outlets of the center-right Colorado blogosphere to see who is getting an inside track in this race for the 2008 primary. Let the competition begin!