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Endorsements (General Election)

by [bjwilson83] on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 12:33am

With general election mail-in ballots being mailed out today (or yesterday, by the time I finish writing this), it’s time for my endorsements. Here’s who I’m voting for:

U.S. Senate: Ken Buck

Ken is the clear choice for our next U.S. Senator. Ken has been everything from a janitor to a football coach to a Princeton grad, and that was all before he entered the political world. After obtaining his undergraduate degree, he attended law school at the University of Wyoming and then became a federal prosecutor. Later, after a short stint working for a construction company in Greeley, he ran for and won election to the office of District Attorney in Weld County. During his time as D.A. he has reduced crime by 50% and cracked down on illegal immigration. He has started programs to help families with juvenile delinquency and truancy, relieve jail crowding by treating those with mental and/or substance abuse issues, crack down on gangs, and reduce drunk driving. Ken’s office has reached out to the community, supporting a shelter for abused women, serving at a homeless shelter, and conducting blood drives. In short, Ken is a problem solver.  It’s no wonder he was easily re-elected. I would describe Ken as a tough guy, but someone who cares about your concerns. He’s exactly the person we need to send to Washington D.C. as our next senator.  As I said in an earlier note, Ken would balance the budget, promote economic growth, and clean up the corruption and back room deals in D.C. Meanwhile, his opponent is whining about Ken’s strong pro-life stance (Buck only makes an exception to allow abortion if the life of the mother is in danger) and twisting Ken’s words beyond recognition. Since Michael Bennet is afraid to run on his record of votes for Obamacare and the stimulus, he spends his days dreaming up outrageously false attack ads in fits of desperation. For some good debunking of this slime fest, check out the news stations for their fact checks on the ads, as well as these links:

http://www.whosaidyousaid.com/…

http://michellemalkin.com/2010…

http://www.nationalreview.com/…

U.S. House of Representatives (4th CD – Northern Colorado and the Eastern Plains): Cory Gardner

Cory grew up farming in Yuma, CO, and is probably best known as former U.S. Senator Wayne Allard’s legislative director. While his opponent claims to be a pro small business fiscal conservative, don’t let that fool you. Betsy Markey voted for all the same big government spending the rest of the Dems voted for. Cory is the true fiscal conservative in the race, and unquestionably pro-life to boot. I believe he is an elder in his church as well – an all around likable guy who will represent northern and eastern Colorado well.

Governor: Tom Tancredo (American Constitution Party)

I know, I know, shocker! I’m on the opposite side of the fence this time, let me explain. I was an ardent supporter of the Republican candidate Dan Maes for as long as I could be, but his campaign has just gone downhill since the primary. He appears in many instances to be less than honest, and is at 13% in the polls and falling. The last straw for many people was his recent endorsement of Democrat John Hickenlooper’s economic policies, which he had previously campaigned against. The gaffes, unanswered questions, and campaign mismanagement just keep piling up. I know Tom Tancredo voted for TARP. I know he supported some earmarks. But for the love of God, don’t waste your vote. Tom is a tough conservative who is also friendly and hard not to like. He would make a much better governor than the eccentric milquetoast urbanite affectionately known as the Looper. Tom isn’t going to back away from a fight, and he tells it just like he sees it. Think, dare I say, Chris Christie?

Treasurer: Walker Stapleton

Cary Kennedy’s policy seems to have been to just try not to screw anything up. It’s time to put someone in the Treasurer’s office who has a real world background in business and finance. Stapleton would do a great job with our money, stick up for the tax payer, and help solve the solvency problems with PERA.

Secretary of State: Scott Gessler

A fresh face, with experience in election law. Bernie Buescher has had problems getting ballots out to the military, among other things. Scott would also be better at preventing election fraud.

CU Regent (4th CD): Sue Sharkey

One of the hardest working women in America. A mother of CU students. No contest.

CU Regent-at-large: Steve Bosley, I guess.

I wasn’t impressed with his debate on Mike Rosen’s show; need more information. In general I believe CU is plenty liberal and we should support conservatives for the Board of Regents.

County Commissioner (District 1): Lew Gaiter

Great guy, love the cowboy hat. He is laser focused on economic recovery and attracting businesses (read, jobs) to Larimer County. A shoo in.

Larimer County Sheriff: Justin Smith

It’s a vote for the status quo, as Smith’s mentor is our current sheriff Jim Alderden. I think he’s done a pretty good job, although one point in favor of Jay Harrison is that he wouldn’t use traffic tickets as revenue generators. I’ve gotten one of those (missed a no left turn sign but no cars were around), and it’s not pleasant. Make up your own mind.

House District 53: Dane Brandt

It’s time for Fischer to go. He may be a professional engineer, but I just don’t know what he’s done for our community. Dane Brandt is a likable real estate guy who will support businesses, jobs, and economic growth.

Whew, that’s it.  Sorry if I left your name off the list, it’s getting hard to remember all the candidates. Just shoot me a PM and I’ll add it. (Unless, of course, I’ve endorsed your opponent. Then you’re DOOMED! ;)

Cary Kennedy’s On The Air

Colorado Treasurer Cary Kennedy’s new ad, announced yesterday, is quite good–basic resonant issues (education), a solid positive message on fiscal responsibility, and–every political spectator’s favorite part–a nice, hard shot on GOP opponent Walker Stapleton. When we saw reports last February that Stapleton had actually said “it’s time education ‘competes’ for funds” against prisons, our first thought was, “that’s going to make one hell of a TV spot.”

Well folks, here you go.

The most important endorsements EVER!!!

Originally posted at http://thebobhatter.com/2010/1…

As we all know many of the voters wait for the endorsements to start coming in to a candidate before they make their decision, or they make a impulse choice while they are driving to the voting booth.  So after careful thinking, prayer, using the Magic 8 Ball, flipping coins, and looking at the issues (snicker), I have finally come to the conclusion of who I shall endorse. Now I know my endorsement isn’t as important as John McCain’s, but I will rate it slightly higher than Colin Powell’s (we all know this is true because of my hat).

Governor’s Race: Dan Maes

No Governor in their right mind would ever allow me in the Governor’s Mansion. Even if it was a fundraiser and I paid, they would just assume I was doing one of those “Go to jail for money” fundraisers. So the only way I’ll ever have dinner in the Governor’s mansion is if I’m dating the Governor’s daughter.

Now obviously I have standards, so she better be good looking.  Jordan Maes is pretty darn hot, it’s those eyes. I’ve also talked to her in person a couple of times, and she even has a personality. So even though Hickenlooper and Tancredo don’t have any daughters, so Maes wins by default, he wins by default by a landslide. Jordan, you have my number, call me. ;)

Senate: Ken Buck

We need a fighter in the Senate. And this is why I chose Ken Buck. Looking at both Michael Bennet and Ken, I decided Ken would have a must easier time of whooping me in a MMA Cage fight. Considering Ken played football in college and kept his physique up, and I consider walking to 7-11 to pick up a Mountain Dew exercise, it would be no contest.  He would remember all the negative things I said about lawyers during the primary and take it out on me. I can see me in a choke hold and Ken shouting “tell me what you think of lawyers NOW!”

Now if Michael Bennet really wants my endorsement, which again is only slightly less important than John McCain’s, he has to challenge me to a MMA Cage Fight. If he wins (snicker), I’ll gladly change my support.

Attorney General: John Suthers

Sectary of State: Bernie Buescher

Why are these two endorsements together? Because they are both telling the Federal Government to piss off. John Suthers joined with 20 other states to tell the Federal Government “Piss off; you can’t force the people of Colorado to buy health care.” Bernie told the Federal Government “Piss off; you can’t make me get ballots to Overseas voters that quickly!” Now granted when the Federal Government told Bernie “That’s adorable” Bernie was a good boy and did what he had to do by law, but we at The Bob Hatter love anyone who attempts to shaft the Federal Government.

Treasurer: Walker Stapleton

Walker Stapleton is a member of the Bush Family, but not important enough to have his own Wikipedia page (or even important enough be on the Bush Family Wiki Page.) We all know everything the Bush Family touches turns into gold (snicker), and treasurers are suppose to deal with money. So yea I think gets my endorsement. Plus I flipped a coin and he won.

CD-1: Mike Fallon

I once knew this guy, let’s call him Fred. Fred was interested in a girl WAY OUT of his league. I decided to humor myself I would tell Fred he has a chance with her, and even give him pointers (No seriously, she has a thing for guys who wear leather pants.) So after asking her out Fred got his hope and dreams crushed, she was upset he would even consider asking her out someone like her, and I was overall amused. Mike’s hope and dreams are just as adorable as Fred’s where. This is why I’m endorsing Mike Fallon.

CD-2:  Bob Brancato

With a first name like Bob, there is NO POSSIBLE way he can lose. In fact you should donate money to him.

CD-3: Scott Tipton

When I was at the Republican Assembly, there was a dueling chant between Bob McConnell supporters and Scott Tipton supporters. If I wasn’t their representing a couple of Candidates, I would of shouted “Tipton has a hotter daughter!” From that moment on, I knew I would be a Tipton support for life (or until they all get married.)

CD-4: Doug Aden

On Doug Aden’s website, he declares he’s going to win with less than $5000. Anyone that arrogant will fit into congress perfectly.

CD-5: Jerrell Klaver

Jerrell gets my endorsement for three reasons. First Doug Lamborn not conservative enough. Second his hair is way better than Doug Lamborn’s. Third he makes soap for a living. We need more soap makers in Washington D.C. For the record I’m way above using any “clean up D.C.” jokes. Would never do that… ever.

CD-6: Mike Coffman

Do you realize how awesome Mike Coffman is? In 1990 he was a member of the Colorado House of Representatives. One day during a debate on Senate Bill 146, Rep. Coffman throw his chair through a wall and decided to do something “more productive.” And by more productive, he meant go win the Gulf War. The “lame stream” media told us all how Air Power was a huge part of winning the Gulf War, they lied. Operation Desert Storm consisted of Chuck Norris, David Hasselhoff and Mike Coffman armed with only a really sharp stapler, a flintlock pistol, a box of Slim Jims, and a VHS of The Army of Darkness. They were so successful that to this day, parent in the Middle East warn their children that if they aren’t good the Chuck, the Hoff, and the Coff will get them. It was during this time Chuck Norris invented Mike Coffman jokes. This alone is enough to get my endorsement.

CD-7: Ed Perlmutter

I haven’t endorsed enough Democrats, so Perlmutter gets my endorsement via affirmative action. Yup No one is going to comment on this at all.

Now that I have given my endorsements, make sure every site changed their predictions to 1:1 favor for the person I have endorsed (I’m looking right at you Colorado Pols!)

Fundraising Updates for State Races

The financial reporting period for state races running between July 29 through September 1 is now available online. Here’s how the statewide candidates stack up. Keep in mind that cash-on-hand amounts are deceiving at this point, since many candidates have already spent big chunks of money to buy advertising spots (with exceptions for Dan Maes and Scott Gessler, neither of whom has a good reason for having so little left in the bank).

Figures below as Amount Raised Last Period/ Amount Spent Last Period/ Cash-on-Hand as of Sept. 1)

GOVERNOR

John Hickenlooper (D): $409,859/ $357,158/ $171,542

Tom Tancredo (ACP): $199,229/ $58,376/ $140,853

Dan Maes (R): $50,201/ $54,011/ $19,786

TREASURER

Cary Kennedy (D): $102,161/ $89,189/ $90,250

Walker Stapleton (R): $27,385/ $15,880/ $22,712

ATTORNEY GENERAL

John Suthers (R): $64,958/ $15,671/ $346,775

Stan Garnett (D): $43,690/ $120,342/ $23,259

SECRETARY OF STATE

Bernie Buescher (D): $36,158/ $8,708/ $139,661

Scott Gessler (R): $13,745/ $38,071/ $14,725

Ali Hasan Endorses Walker Stapleton for State Treasurer


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I know it is not the sexiest race, but I am proud to have run for it and I am also proud to support Walker Stapleton for Colorado State Treasurer. With that said, I wanted to share my endorsement with our good community.  

From my campaign website –

http://hasan2010.com/2010/08/a…

Although I ran a very aggressive campaign for the GOP nomination of Colorado’s State Treasurer, I had always promised, from the start, that no matter the result, should I not be victorious, not only would I give the maximum contribution to the winning GOP candidate, but I would also give them my full endorsement and support – and that support tonight is going to Walker Stapleton.

Contrary to a picture being painted by the Denver news media, when I was running for State Treasurer, I debated Walker Stapleton many times, as he showed up to plenty of events and debates. And I am proud to support Walker because he is intelligent, he has financial experience, and most all, he is HONEST. Regardless of who the audience is, or where it is, Walker will always say the same things, never changing his message or his words to accommodate for political gain – that is the most impressive quality I took away from debating him so many times – and on Colorado’s Western Slope, where I was raised, we believe that your word is everything that makes you a man – and I can personally confirm that Walker’s word is bond.

I believe that the incumbent State Treasurer, Cary Kennedy, is a wonderful person, who truly loves Colorado and works to do what she believes is sound policy for our good State – however, in this recent wave of our Democratic-controlled State Legislature implementing tax increasing mil levy freezes and car fees, among other money-collecting policies, I have been disappointed to see our State Treasurer stand alongside them, whether in silence or in full support.

We need a State Treasurer who will take a stand against tax increases, fight against increased ‘fees,’ and of course, do everything he can to empower the great Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR).

Lastly, I congratulate JJ Ament on running in the race, as well, and I am happy to also see him publicly endorsing Walker Stapleton this evening. The GOP ticket in Colorado is unified and hungry – I look forward to donating the maximum contribution to Walker Stapleton and I ask all Coloradans to join me in voting for him!

Love and peace – Ali Hasan, Republican, Eagle County

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Poll: Who Will Win the Republican Nomination for State Treasurer?


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As with all of today’s polls, we are not looking for you to indicate your personal preference. We want to know who you realistically believe will win the election tomorrow — or as we’ve said before, if you had to bet the deed to your house, who would you choose?

Republicans Walker Stapleton and J.J. Ament are vying for the right to take on incumbent Treasurer Cary Kennedy. Who wins?

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Election Predictions

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Post-Primary Update: 2010 is really fucking with my accuracy %!!!

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It has been my usual practice to make election predictions before every primary and every general. In the past I have made predictions in all state offices including the legdislative seats. And have been highly accurate, not 100%, but in the 90′s.

This year, I have been disassociated from the fray more than usual, partially by choice. So I will make predictions in the statewide and Denver local elections only since these are the only races I have adequate information for.

See after the jump for the predictions.

Democrats:

US Senate: Andrew Romanoff. I am bucking the odds on this one. I think Denver will be a draw between the two and the rest of state will go with who they know better.

SD34: Lucia Guzman. She seems to have a very large support advantage over Judd.

HD4: Jennifer Coken. Her logistical strategy is sound, and she has support from several leaders. Pabon is the stronger opponent and if it were a one on one I think it would be really close. The unknown factor is who will spoiler Amber Tafoya help the most.

HD5: Mark Thrun: Again, the stronger campaign strategy.

HD7: Angela Williams. I think she has had this sewn up for some time.

Republicans:

US Senate: Ken Buck. He seems to have the message that is resonating with GOP primary voters better.

Governor: Scott McInnis. I think the voters will forgive him faster than they will vote for someone as extreme as Maes. I do, however, expect a lot of undervotes in this race (people leaving it blank).

Treasurer: Walker Stapleton. I have no basis for my guess except my gut. Of course that could be breakfast not sitting right too.

HD9: Bob Lane. I have not seen any campaigning from Garbo and I live in the district.

Ament and Stapleton Want To Play With Your Money


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In this week’s Denver Business Journal, Ed Sealover interviews both GOP candidates for the Treasurer’s race:  J.J. Ament and Walker Stapleton.

First, the good news:  Both candidates give very good reasons why they believe Amendments 60 and 61, and Proposition 101 would be disastrous for Colorado.

But the bad news is that both are unhappy Treasurer Cary Kennedy isn’t churning the state’s $6.5 billion portfolio fast enough, or taking enough risk.  Rather, they say she’s willing to settle for solid returns each year with only a staff of 2 or 3 fund managers.

J.J. Ament has experience working the industry side of the public finance world (Citigroup), so naturally his solution to the portfolio question is to pay private traders and fund managers to churn the ol’ portfolio rather than just let those lazy bureaucrats sit on tidy profits through a “buy and hold” strategy.

Walker Stapleton, of Bush family fame, touts a one-time $20 million payout on a single real estate transaction a couple of years ago as his “track record of success”.

He has a different outlook altogether on how to invest $6.5 billion.  He sees hyperinflation just around the corner, and worries that Kennedy is following the same conservative investment strategies as her Republican predecessors, Mark Hillman and Mike Coffman.

Stapleton’s prescription to keep ahead of hyperinflation (“double digit inflation” in his words) would be to make the portfolio highly liquid so “you can get in and out of investments that you make fairly quickly”.

Not sure what sort of investments he’s contemplating that could insure double-digit returns.  Might I suggest a Ponzi scheme followed by a relaxed retirement in the Caymans?

Note:  There are no links to the article referenced, not because they are on the forbidden list, but because it is in the Premium content section of the DBJ’s website.  But I recommend you pick up a copy of the print edition or subscribe to the online edition for the full story.

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“Bank Twins” Post Pitiful Numbers

The Colorado Independent’s Scot Kersgaard updates on fundraising in some of the other statewide races–it appears that Attorney General John Suthers has awakened to the threat posed by Democrat Stan Garnett, posting his first decent fundraising numbers since Garnett’s entry into the race. As for Treasurer Cary Kennedy’s opponents, J.J. Ament and Walker Stapleton?

Widely seen as the front-runner for the GOP nomination for Colorado state treasurer, J.J. Ament has fallen badly behind Walker Stapleton in fund raising. As of the end of June, Stapleton had amassed more than $226,000 in cash to spend between now and the August primary. Ament has just $76,000 on hand.

For the month of June, Ament raised just over $7,500, while spending almost $21,000. Stapleton raised just over $11,000 and spent just over $65,000.

In what has already been an unusually combative race, incumbent Democrat Cary Kennedy handily out-raised the pair of Republicans, pulling in $66,000 last month while spending almost $280,000. She ended the month with almost $66,000 in the bank.

We’re particularly surprised to see Stapleton raising so little money, that’s not the reputation he’s established in this race so far. Stapleton still leads the field in cash on hand, and we expect to start seeing that cash spent very soon in hopes of upsetting local favorite Ament, who is in deep trouble at this point. Unless there are third-party ads that are going to help Ament, it’s hard to see how Stapleton doesn’t ultimately win the primary.

And once again, that GOP “momentum” doesn’t seem to extend to the pocketbook.

Deadline Day Today

Today is the last day of the last full-quarter fundraising period before the August 10 primary. Who do you think has the most at stake? Discuss below, or take a look at who we think is the most interesting to watch…

Ken Buck (Senate)

Buck has been riding the momentum since his victory at the state convention, but he has still not shown that he can raise a lot of money on his own (though outside interest groups are doing it for him). We’re curious to see if Buck is now bringing in big money from out of state, which would indicate that he is indeed believed to be the frontrunner over Jane Norton. As we’ve written before, big money follows the candidates who are believed to be the most likely to win.

Dan Maes (Governor)

Winning the Republican state convention in May was obviously a bigger surprise for Maes than Buck, but will that success translate into meaningful money? Will Maes have any real money to advertise in advance of the Aug. 10 Primary? We don’t think he can beat Scott McInnis for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, but whether or not he has the money to at least make McInnis work for the nomination will have a real effect on the outcome of the General Election in November.

Andrew Romanoff (Senate)

This is really the last chance Romanoff has to show that he can take down Sen. Michael Bennet in August. If his cash on hand figure isn’t impressive, there will be nothing he can say to big donors to convince them that he still has a chance to win.

J.J. Ament (Treasurer)

Ament won the nomination at the state convention and managed to knock out Ali Hasan in the process, but he still trails Walker Stapleton significantly in the fundraising department. The results of this quarter may decide whether this race stays tight or Stapleton walks away with it.

Stan Garnett (D) and John Suthers (R) (Attorney General)

The Q2 report marks the first full fundraising quarter with Garnett in the race. Suthers’ financial support (or a lack thereof) will say a lot about how committed the GOP is to holding this seat. Garnett, meanwhile, can make a big statement with a strong quarter.

Lang Sias (CD-7)

Sias had a good showing at the CD-7 Republican assembly, but he has really lagged behind Ryan Frazier in fundraising. Can Sias afford the TV time it will take to win the nomination?



Kennedy Reprises ’06 TV Presence

Treasurer Cary Kennedy bought $250,000 of air time for later in the season, according to both her website and fundraising email sent immediately after the press release (actually a nice ‘snowball’ pitch). You’ll recall that in 2006, Kennedy became the first state treasurer candidate to run TV ads–a key reason why she’s now the incumbent.

We have no doubt that her GOP opponents, Walker Stapleton or J.J. Ament, will be on the air soon as well; unfortunately, against each other. Stapleton has the deep pockets against Ament’s name and local support, so we’d expect a volley from Stapleton any time. Stapleton has the resources to make this primary very difficult for Ament, and Ament hasn’t shown the fundraising skills needed to compete down the stretch.

Petition Update

(For those of you who missed the late Friday update. Thankfully, we won’t have to try to put Joe Gwissgnksangt on the Governor Line. – promoted by Colorado Pols)



As of 6/11/10 6:00pm

On ballot:

Jane Norton (R) – US Sen

Steven Barton (R) – CD1

Walker Stapleton (R) – Treas

Joel Judd (D) – SD34

Amber Tafoya (D) – HD4

Mark Mehringer (D) – HD7

David Casiano (R) – HD44

Did not make ballot:

Joe Gschwenter (R) – Gov

Mark Hurlbert (R) – SD16

Renee Blanchard (D) – SD33

Jennifer Coken (D) – HD4

Blake Harrison (D) – HD7

Raymond Keyawa (R) – HD59

Walker Stapleton Opens Northern “Satellite” Office

Republican Treasurer candidate Walker Stapleton announced yesterday via email that his campaign was opening a “satellite” office in Northern Colorado:

That’s right! The Stapleton for Colorado Campaign is opening its first satellite campaign office in Northern Colorado! We look forward to spending even more time in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District which is one of the most important Congressional seats in not only Colorado but also in the country.

Our office is will be located at 3030 S. College St, Ste #204.

This is the first time we can recall that a statewide campaign aside from Governor or U.S. Senate had more than one main office. Normally these races are too low-profile and low-budget to afford to open more than one campaign office, but when you can put a lot of personal money into your own race (Stapleton has contributed $115,000 thus far), then maybe you can afford luxuries like this.

We’re not sure we’d open a “satellite” office if we were Stapleton — we’d be saving every penny for TV ads — but, whatever.

Petitioning Candidates

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10/9/10 UPDATE: Three more have been finished, all were sufficient:

Jane Norton

Joel Judd

David Casiano

This Friday is the deadline for the Secretary of State to certify the Primary Ballots. That means all candidates’ petitions will have to be verified by that time.

So far only one is done.

So I guess we can expect a flurry of announcements the rest of this week about who made the ballot and who didn’t.

Amber Tafoya (D-HD4) turned in her petition nearly a week before the deadline and has been deemed sufficient so she will be on the ballot.

We are still waiting for sufficiency (or insufficiency) statements for the following people:

(submitted 26 May):

Jane Norton (R-Sen)

Steven Barton (R-CD1)

David Casiano (R-HD44)

(submitted 27 May):

Joe Gschwenter (R-Gov)

Walker Stapleton (R-Treas)

Mark Hulbert (R-SD16)

Renee Blanchard (D-SD33)

Joel Judd (D-SD34)

Jennifer Coken (D-HD4)

Blake Harrison (D-HD7)

Mark Mehringer (D-HD7)

Raymond Keyawa (R-HD59)

Petitions have to be checked in the order they are submitted. I am not sure what order they were submitted except to say which day they came in on.

But, as you might imagine, the Norton, Gschwenter, and Stapleton petitions will likely take a while since each one probably has at least 20,000 signatures to go through. Random sampling is not used on candidate petitions.

Winners and Losers: State-Level Fundraising

The reporting period for candidates running for state-level races ended last week, the first monthly reporting deadline now that we have closed within six months of the General Election.

Click below to see our Winners & Losers from the fundraising period that was, and let us know in the comments section about candidates for the state legislature who did particularly good or bad.

Note that the Winners & Losers here are selected based purely on how they raised and spent their money recently; we’re not making judgments here on other aspects of their respective campaigns.

WINNERS

John Hickenlooper (D-Governor)

The Denver Mayor raised an impressive $372,451 in just one month, which is a ton of cash to collect when the limits are only $1,000. Hick has already banked $850,000 of TV time for the fall, and in five months has raised $1.56 million. Hickenlooper’s reputation as a great fundraiser has certainly proved to be accurate.

Scott McInnis (R-Governor)

The Republican frontrunner for Governor had a solid month of May, bringing home $251,970 for a total cash-on-hand amount of $582,674. Unfortunately for McInnis, he has to watch Hickenlooper buy up cheaper airtime while he socks money away for his Primary date with State Convention winner Dan Maes. Yet for all McInnis’ problems as a candidate, and there are many, fundraising has not been one of them.

Stan Garnett (D-Attorney General)

Garnett raised $66,301 in May (leaving him a total of $85,570 cash-on-hand), which was significantly more than any other candidate not running for Governor. Of course, it should be said that Garnett is still probably picking up some of the low-hanging fruit after only announcing his candidacy in late March, but his reputation for deep financial connections seems to be true.

Cary Kennedy (D-Treasurer) and Walker Stapleton (R-Treasurer)

Kennedy and Stapleton had oddly similar months, with the incumbent Kennedy raising $38,782 and Stapleton bringing in $37,055. Check out how the two candidates now compare overall:

Kennedy: $449,091 raised/$279,805 cash-on-hand

Stapleton: $459,618 raised*/$280,404 cash-on-hand

*The caveat here is that Stapleton has contributed $115,000 of his own money to his campaign, so overall, Kennedy has been the stronger fundraiser. In fact, Kennedy has raised more money in total than any statewide candidate aside from Governor.

LOSERS

Bernie Buescher (D-Secretary of State)

With just $6,800 raised, Buescher had the worst fundraising period of any of the statewide candidates. Fortunately for Buescher, his $74,125 cash-on-hand is still three times as much as his hole-in-the-pockets Republican challenger Scott Gessler. Buescher is probably the safest incumbent on the ballot in terms of statewide candidates, but he still needs to ratchet up the fundraising to make sure that he doesn’t get surprised at the last minute.

Scott Gessler (R-Secretary of State)

Enough said.

J.J. Ament (R-Treasurer)

Ament had a nice month of May in getting the GOP nod at the state convention and knocking out one of his two Primary challengers, Ali Hasan. But his $11,845 raised in May was significantly less than fellow Republican Walker Stapleton, who now has $200,000 more cash-on-hand. Ament needs to do a lot better in June if he is going to beat Stapleton in the GOP Primary.

Dan Maes (R-Governor)

Despite beating McInnis at the state convention for top line on the GOP ballot, Maes only raised $34,682 in May. Maes has just over $21,000 cash-on-hand, most of which is probably earmarked already for gas money. Maes will need to do MUCH more than this if he’s going to have any chance of beating McInnis in August.