Republicans see the Democratic gubernatorial field as an opportunity to grab the political center. Many Democrats think they’re right where they should be.
Republicans have elected just one governor in Colorado in the last 43 years, but when they look at the Democratic field for 2018, they see a chance to do something Democrats traditionally have been better at: run the more centrist candidate.
“Speaking as a Republican, it’s an opportunity for my party to command the political center, where the race is always won or lost,” said John Andrews, former president of the state Senate and a fellow at Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute. “You run to your base in the primary and to the center in the general, and it requires some agility. Republicans have a huge opportunity because the Democrats are running to the left.”
Hart will take the place of Allison Eid, who was appointed to Denver’s federal appeals court by President Donald Trump.
Gov. John Hickenlooper has picked University of Colorado law professor Melissa Hart to fill an opening on the Colorado Supreme Court.
Hart will take the place of Allison Eid, who was appointed to Denver’s federal appeals court by President Donald Trump. She filled the vacancy left by Neil Gorsuch, who stepped down after being nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.