2008 Political Campaigns

Coffman whips three opponents to take CD 6

Wil Armstrong, Ted Harvey and Steve Ward fall

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The four-way primary in the 6th Congressional District was always Mike Coffman’s to lose. And, during a primary campaign that lasted for the better part of a year, that never changed.

Still, the margin of Coffman’s almost 8-point victory on Aug. 12 was a surprise to some, including Coffman’s campaign manager, Dustin Zvonek, considering opponent Wil Armstrong’s late-campaign spending spree.

Small legislative primaries affect big policy decisions

A round-up of the legislative primaries in the state

By the Colorado Statesman Staff

The big primary news came out of the congressional districts, with the victories of Jared Polis in the 2nd Congressional District, Doug Lamborn in the 5th and Mike Coffman in the 6th.

When it came to the Legislature, most eyes were fixed on House District 15, where Mark Waller’s victory over Douglas Bruce might force Statehouse reporters to cover more actual legislative issues this year, in the absence of Bruce’s clownish antics.

Bruce’s primary loss leaves him commentless

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — When Rep. Douglas Bruce was appointed to the House, he refused to be sworn in with the other legislators. The sly Colorado Springs Republican calculated that a delay would create an end-run around term limits and enable him to run and win four consecutive two-year terms in House District 15.

Bruce should have spent more time on manners and less on math.

GOP rift in CD 5 spills into debate

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — In politics, perception can cause havoc for an elected official or candidate. The same might apply to political organizations.

The local chapter of the Coalition for a Conservative Majority was elated. They’d managed to schedule a town hall meeting on Aug. 4, landing the only opportunity to hear all three Republican candidates in the 5th Congressional District race before the primary.

Gessler fingered in mail attack on Coffman

Right to Work attorney takes heat

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

GOP election lawyer Scott Gessler, who represents Wil Armstrong’s campaign in the heated four-way 6th Congressional District Republican primary, was the “conduit” behind a mass mailing attacking Armstrong opponent Mike Coffman, members of the Coffman campaign assert.

Voters likely to face 19 measures

Petition checkers face long work days

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

What’s it like to work for the elections division of Colorado’s Department of State in August? Let’s just say the preparations for the Democratic National Convention at the Pepsi Center and Invesco look leisurely by comparison.

Disgraced Jeffco School Board member facing recall

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A Jefferson County School Board member who is also a candidate for Colorado’s House of Representatives is facing a formal recall effort. The push for recall comes almost a month after Vince Chowdhury pleaded guilty to a third-degree assault charge for slapping his 16-year-old daughter.

Old injuries scar Dem primary in SD 18

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

While serving as president of the Boulder chapter of the National Organization for Women, Regina Cowles signed on to manage Cindy Carlisle’s 2002 campaign to represent the 2nd Congressional District on the University of Colorado Board of Regents. Cowles volunteered to run Carlisle’s campaign, she says, because she wanted a woman on the board of regents who would fight for women’s issues.

Effort to clean up CD 5 campaign besmirched

Lamborn supporters threaten to oust party chair

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — El Paso County GOP Chair Greg Garcia skidded on a dangerous curve and hit a concrete barrier of Republican resistance when he wrote a commentary that called for ethical campaigning.

Udall picks up Schaffer's debate gauntlet

Democrat gives as good as he gets

By John Schroyer
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The shoe, as they say, wound up on the other foot this week when Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Mark Udall went to war against Republican candidate Bob Schaffer during a half-hour-long taping of Colorado 2031, to be aired at 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, on Fox 31.