In the wake of Blago-gate, some lawmakers are fuming and hope to create a constitutional amendment that would bar governors from hand-picking senators when U.S. Senate seats become vacant, according to Politico, which notes in passing that former Denver Public Schools chief Michael Bennet, a man with no prior political experience, is among four governor-appointed members to join the Senate this year.
Although less controversial than Roland Burris of Illinois, who gladly took President Barack Obama’s Senate seat, there have been qualms about Bennet, who got his job when Ken Salazar became the Interior Department’s secretary.
Now there are rumors that Bennet will face a challenge from within the Democratic Party in 2010. So writes The Hill, which quotes “political insiders in” Colorado as saying that former Colorado House of Representatives speaker Andrew Romanoff (pictured), who had wanted Bennet’s job, may attempt a challenge in the primaries leading up to the 2010 race.
Face the State writes that unions could be the key to a Bennet challenge. The junior senator will be lobbied heavily in a vote on the Employee Free Choice Act, which was killed by the GOP in 2007.