Local Politics Roundup: The AG Race, Comparing Buck to Angle, Romanoff's New Job, and Tancredo's Views on Marijuana Legalization

October 2010

Stan Garnett, the Democratic candidate for state Attorney General, roiled Republican incumbent John Suthers during a debate yesterday, claiming Suthers uses his power to advance a far-right agenda as the "AG of the tea party" (via The Denver Post). Garnett, currently Boulder's district attorney, has been chiding Suthers for the AG office's release of serial killer Scott Lee Kimball, who then went on a murderous rampage. Suthers claims he was not directly involved in the decision to release Kimball as an informant. Garnett is now taking up the matter in a campaign commercial (watch it below).

In the race for U.S. Senate, while Nevada Republican candidate Sharron Angle promises she and Colorado Republican Ken Buck, along with Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell—all tea party darlings—will end business as usual in Washington, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, Buck's Democratic opponent, is using the opportunity to compare Buck to Angle, who favors cutting ties with the United Nations and abolishing the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, writes the Post.

Meanwhile, Bennet's rival in this year's Democratic Party primary, former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, has found a job, reports the Post (in a separate article). He'll be a senior adviser with the Lakewood-based anti-poverty group International Development Enterprises, which helps small-plot farmers around the world. But will we see Romanoff pop up in a Denver mayoral election if John Hickenlooper wins his bid for governor? 5280 senior editor Patrick Doyle takes a look at the potential candidates so far

And what would a political round-up be without an update on Tom Tancredo? The renegade conservative running for governor under the banner of the tiny American Constitution Party says he'd like to see a debate on the full legalization of marijuana for recreational use, but he stops short of saying he favors legalization. "There is no one that is more opposed to legalizing marijuana than the cartels and the drug dealers," Tancredo says (via KUNC radio). "They will fight it like crazy and will fight it in many ways, including, of course, at the ballot. And why? Because it's taking money out of their pocket."