Why the Family Research Council Is Targeting Michael Bennet

September 2009

michael_bennet_711If the interparty challenge from fellow Democrat Andrew Romanoff weren't enough, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet now has the right-wing to worry about. Bennet (pictured) is one of about a dozen potential targets in 2010 for the Family Research Council's FRC Action group. But Bennet isn't on their list for his morals or voting record. Rather, it seems, FRC Action prefers Republicans and points out that Bennet "has never won a statewide race," adding, "Conservatives can take back this important seat" (via The Colorado Independent). Meanwhile, you can guess how Bennet's remarks on Saturday during an immigration forum might go over with some conservatives. He cited support for the DREAM Act, which provides in-state tuition for certain undocumented students who qualify, according to the Aurora Sentinel. "We need to connect people to opportunity in a way that's fair to everyone," he said. "Those who work hard and play by the rules should have the chance to live the American dream. We all must fight for those values."

The remarks appear to be an extension of what Bennet said Friday as the keynote speaker to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's national convention, when he called opportunity "the precious gift that this country has given each generation, asking of each generation that it, in turn, not squander that inheritance but increase it, and pass it along to the next," via the Denver Business Journal. The Denver Post's Lynn Bartels notes the significant role Latinos will play in the upcoming Senate primaries, quoting community leaders who back both Romanoff and Bennet. The Post also fleshes out the biggest political difference between the Democratic challengers: money versus local support.