Steamboat Springs U.S. Rep. John Salazar may have let the cat out of the bag regarding the future of Steamboat Springs City Councilman Ken Brenner.
During a Saturday evening fundraiser at the Yacht Club, Salazar updated a room filled mostly with Democratic supporters about recent goings on in Congress, the 2007 Farm Bill, and contentious energy legislation. He also spoke gregariously about his own staff and the significant support he has received from Routt County voters, spurred by the Routt County Democratic Party - of which Brenner is chairman.
What goes around, comes around.
"If you see Ken Brenner's name on a ballot, I'd encourage you to vote for him," Salazar said. "He's being asked by John Salazar to run for a very prestigious position."
The state House of Representatives seat held by veteran politician Al White, R-Winter Park, will be on the ballot in 2008. So will the state Senate seat held for years by Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs.
Brenner has declined to say whether he plans to run for a position at the Capitol next year. A member of the Steamboat Springs City Council, Brenner said last month that he will not run for re-election to city office because of concerns about term limits. His current City Council term expires this year.
Support from Salazar would be a huge boost for Brenner in a campaign for state office.
A Democrat from the San Luis Valley, Salazar is in his second term representing Colorado's Third Congressional District, which includes Routt County and 28 other counties across western and southern Colorado.
During two successful campaigns for Congress, Salazar has built a broad base of support, funding and campaign resources across the region.
But Brenner insisted that while he is "keeping (his) options open," he only has eyes for Steamboat Springs.
"I'm focusing on the City Council," Brenner said. "We have a lot of work to do."