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Romanoff ‘hob-nobbing’ with top DC Dems during inauguration

Democrat Andrew Romanoff, now a candidate for Congressional District 6, at his campaign office during a 2010 bid for the U.S. Senate.

Democrat Andrew Romanoff, now a candidate for Congressional District 6, at his campaign office during a 2010 bid for the U.S. Senate.

DENVER — A week after he told Politico he’s interested in a run for Congress, former Democratic statehouse Speaker Andrew Romanoff spent the weekend in Washington “hobnobbing with party elites.”

That characterization comes courtesy of RollCall, which listed Romanoff among a handful of congressional hopefuls being courted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at a luncheon Monday at the Italian embassy.

Romanoff, who has been characteristically coy about his intentions, is viewed as a strong challenger to Aurora Rep. Mike Coffman, who narrowly won reelection in 2012 over a lesser-known Democrat, former state Rep. Joe Miklosi.

But Republicans aren’t waiting for Romanoff to declare his candidacy, seizing on the RollCall story Monday and taking an early shot, pointing out that Romanoff, in his 2010 Senate primary challenge to Sen. Michael Bennet, made an issue of refusing special interest money and decrying the influence of corporations and outside groups in Washington.

“Andrew Romanoff hasn’t announced his candidacy yet and he’s already broken his vow to fight Washington special interests,” said T.Q. Houlton, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

“Romanoff is far more interested in advancing his political career than representing Colorado working families in Congress.”

Romanoff has yet to respond to FOX31 Denver’s request for a comment.