Andrew Romanoff is WAY too far left on economic issues like climate change and single-payer health care to represent Colorado in the U.S. Senate. Yet, an anti-incumbency wave could propel him past U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in the Aug. 10 primary to become the Democratic Party nominee.
One thing Romanoff has going for him is that he hangs loose on the campaign trail. When a WhoSaidYouSaid videographer showed up at his tennis tournament and fundraiser on Saturday in Denver’s Washington Park, Romanoff let it roll. He even hit a few lobbed questions, such as who would win a Romanoff/Bennet tennis match?
“Obviously, if it were in Colorado, I’d have the home-court advantage,” said Romanoff. “If it’s in D.C., he’s got a lot more friends there. So, we’d probably have to play somewhere in the middle of the country to be fair.”
Bennet, too, likes to portray himself as a man of the people, with his campaign spokesman telling The Denver Post that his events are “open to the public and that Bennet usually takes all questions on any topic until there are none left.” Yet, his campaign doesn’t want “uncredentialed” new media at events and Bennet has reportedly said he “doesn’t confuse the blogosphere with real people and real voters.” When asked his position on card check at a public event in Boulder with a camera rolling, he ducked.
Maybe Romanoff hangs loose because he’s got nothing to lose, having already taken on his party’s establishment by challenging Bennet. Or, as the primary gets gritty, Romanoff is at ease running hard left while incumbent Bennet runs left, right and center – anywhere to keep from losing.