DENVER — State Sen. Linda Newell, D-Littleton, is now the third Democrat who is considering running against GOP Congressman Mike Coffman in 2014.
Newell’s daughter, Kate, let the cat out of the bag Monday night, writing on her Facebook page that her mom is “considering running for/serving as Congresswoman for CD 6.”
On Tuesday, Newell issued a statement to FOX31 Denver confirming her daughter’s post.
“Yes, the rumors are true,” Newell said. “I’m seriously considering a run at Congressional District 6 in 2014.
“In the last couple of months, citizens and political leaders across the state have come to me with the same inquiry. People in our district want a woman in Congress who has a strong record of bipartisanship and moderate values.”
Already, former statehouse Speaker Andrew Romanoff of Denver and former state Rep. Karen Middleton of Aurora are considering a run against Coffman, whose vulnerability is newly obvious after he narrowly won reelection over Democrat Joe Miklosi in November.
Both Romanoff and Middleton have already met in Washington, DC with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Newell told FOX31 Denver that she’s only spoken with the group by phone and is looking for a time to travel to Washington to meet with the group in person.
Coffman’s 6th Congressional District, formerly held by Tom Tancredo, had been a safe GOP seat until it was re-drawn last year to include all of Aurora and only half of conservative Douglas County.
But despite that change, only the relatively unknown Miklosi decided to challenge Coffman in 2012.
Now, after Miklosi came within two points of Congress, seemingly every Democratic current and former officeholder living in or near the district is interested in a shot at Congress, creating the potential for a protracted primary battle unless Democrats can narrow the field internally.
Although, in her statement, Newell made certain to emphasize that she has not decided to run, just to consider the possibility.
“This is a major life decision,” she said. “I want to make sure it’s the right choice for my constituents, my family and me. I’ve been talking with my family, and Colorado and DC political leaders. Since other Democrats have communicated their desires, CD6 constituents deserve to know all the potential candidates available to them.”