(Promoted by Colorado Pols)
In her appearance on KNUS' Dan Caplis show last week, Rep. Amy Stephens, who's running for U.S. Senate, said she "would not be able to go the assembly route" and "win a statewide election and to take on an incumbent."
Stephens pointed to State Treasurer Walker Stapleton as her poster child of a Republican who petitioned on the primary ballot and won. And she named Rep. Doug Lamborn, even though he didn't win statewide.
Absent during the conversation, however, was the name of Jane Norton, whom Caplis should have mentioned as having successfully petitioned onto the U.S. Senate primary ballot in 2010 before losing to Weld County DA Ken Buck.
Arguably, Norton serves as a better poster child for why Stephens should participate in the caucus process than Stapleton does for why she should petition on.
Stephens @ 5 min: "We had a very contentious 2010 Senate race that we should have been won against an unknown. And I was on the receiving end of that, because we were trying to take the House Majority. And we saw our numbers, as the top of the ticket begin to go down, down, down, down, when my opponent, Ken, exploded, and then we had the governor's debacle…
"I have understood, and the team that is with me, we believe that in order to win statewide and to take on an incumbent, that I would not be able to go the assembly route. I am going to petition onto the ballot through the petition process. Walker Stapleton did it. Others have done it. Doug Lamborn. My reasoning here is to reach a broader audience. You know you have to get a minimum of 1,500 signatures per congressional district. Let's just say you're getting 14,000 for the sake of the argument, out of 7 districts. That's 14,000 you've reached versus, in the case of our assembly, which is good, but we have 4,000 very committed Republicans. If you come out of this, and then you get on the ballot, what you do is you target this on a broader level. I believe that has to been done to take on an incumbent. Others may not. It's a strategy issue."
Asked by Caplis why she has the best chance to win, whatever ballot route she takes, Stephens said:
Stephens @6 min: "Because I know what it is to win. I win. I was in the most-watched primary in the state, as you know, through redistricting and re-apportionment, with a fellow Republican, which was awful. And I was outspent 3-1, and I won by 20 points. And I did that by working smart and disciplined and really reaching out to people. I think we're going to have to have the same thing this time."