Romanoff to visit Steamboat Springs Tuesday

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate touring state after staff hires


If you go

What: Visit by Andrew Romanoff, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and former state Speaker of the House

Where: Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat, 1009 Lincoln Ave.

When: 1 p.m. Tuesday

Online: Learn more about Romanoff on the Web at Learn about the 2010 campaign of current U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, whom Romanoff would challenge in a likely Democratic primary, at

— U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff is slated to visit Steamboat Springs on Tuesday as part of a regional tour that follows the addition of some well-known political names to his campaign staff.

Romanoff, a Denver Democrat seeking to challen­ge current U.S. Sen. Michael Ben­net in a primary, announced last week the addition of four consultants: Joe Trippi, who managed Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in 2004; Patrick Caddell, a former pollster for President Jimmy Carter and a frequent commentator on the Fox News Channel; Democratic Party strategist Celinda Lake, who recently worked on the unsuccessful, high-profile U.S. Senate campaign of Martha Coakley in Massachusetts; and direct-mail consultant Liz Chadderdon. Romanoff is scheduled to meet with the public at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat at 1009 Lincoln Ave.

He said Sunday that the four hires are “very talented and creative people who obviously have a great deal of expertise,” but he clarified that their political views are not necessarily his own. Caddell, for example, long has been an outspoken critic of the Democratic Party, including while speaking on Fox.

“I’m the candidate here — I stand behind my own words, and I’m running on my own record,” Romanoff said. “We’ve engaged thousands of people in this campaign because we value their advice, but at the end of the day, the buck stops with me.”

Romanoff was state Speaker of the House from 2005 to 2009 and served a total of four terms in the state Legislature. He faces a daunting task in challenging Bennet, who has supporters including President Barack Obama and, as of Saturday, the League of Conservation Voters. Gov. Bill Ritter appointed Bennet, a former superintendent of Denver Public Schools, to the Senate seat about a year ago after Obama promoted then-Sen. Ken Salazar to interior secretary.

Romanoff has campaigned so far on a platform of special interest reform and, he said Sunday, changing a “fundamentally broken and corrupt Congress (that) has become in some ways a wholly owned subsidiary of the special interests that bankroll its campaigns.”

He cited Congressional health care debates as an example.

“Most Americans want reform, but what they’ve gotten from Congress instead is a profile in cowardice,” Romanoff said. “Somebody in the Senate could have stood up and said, ‘If you want my vote, you’re going to need to take the pork out, put the public option back in and remove the anti-trust exemption for insurance companies.’”

Spokesman Dean Toda said Romanoff’s Tuesday visit is part of a statewide swing that also includes stops this week in Vail, Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Pueblo, Durango, Cortez and more.

Catherine Carson, chairwoman of the Routt County Democratic Party, said Routt County residents could have a chance to see both Democratic U.S. Senate candidates before party caucuses March 16. Carson said Bennet has tentatively scheduled a visit to Steamboat for Feb. 15.

“Everyone loves Steamboat when there’s a campaign going on,” she said.


seeuski 6 years, 11 months ago

Good luck with that. Rising deficits, 3.83 trillion dollar Democrat budgets for 2011, yea sure, vote for more. Lets create or save thousands or 1.5 mil or over 2 million jobs even though the unemployment rate is rising. How about a dose of reality and a conservative leader?


greenwash 6 years, 11 months ago

I somewhat agree.Regardless Romanoff is a good guy and is capable of crossing party lines.Hes also a true Coloradoan unlike Bennet.


Steve Lewis 6 years, 11 months ago

We've heard Romanoff speak in Steamboat Springs many times. Routt County has always been on his radar.

And his politics are exactly right. Big industry money and self-preservation are the current goals of our elected officials. Romanoff is choosing to fight this corrupt ethic. It will be an uphill fight against all that Bennet/McGinnis money from big industry, but Romanoff deserves that seat.


seeuski 6 years, 11 months ago

No one deserves that seat they have to earn the votes and get elected. Right now the Democratic party is being pulled down the Progressive highway with the Obama Administration and as was proven in Mass., VA and NJ the average American is saying no and voting for a more conservative leadership. So we shall see. Oh, and Obama is a pretty nice fellow too, just a lousy POTUS.


Steve Lewis 6 years, 11 months ago

Do you seriously believe the Rep and Dem parties of today represent the spectrum of what "the people" want? You don't seem to have the pulse of your own tea party. ..


seeuski 6 years, 11 months ago

Can you read brother lewi? I said "the average American is saying no and voting for a more conservative leadership." Where in that sentence do you see a reference to a particular party?

But since you are such the know it all on this subject please explain to me about the Tea Party pulse and what it is the people want.


Steve Lewis 6 years, 11 months ago

I asked you a simple question: Do you seriously believe the Rep and Dem parties of today represent the spectrum of what "the people" want?


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