Doctor enters U.S. Senate race as independent, criticizes Obamacare

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Steve Shogan (left), a neurosurgeon, plans to run for U.S. Senate as an independent; an ambulance (right) will serve as a campaign vehicle.

DENVER — A wealthy neurosurgeon announced his own campaign for U.S. Senate on Thursday, adding another layer of intrigue to one of the country’s most competitive and consequential Senate races of the midterm cycle.

Steve Shogan, 63, is a former Democrat who now plans to run as an independent, which means he just needs 1,000 valid signatures to make the ballot.

Shogun began his campaign Thursday criticizing Obamacare and outlined plans to make his medical background — he’s chief of neurosurgery at Rose Medical Center and an assistant clinical professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center — a centerpiece of his campaign.

Shogan says he doesn’t want to be a spolier, just to appeal to voters dissatisfied with both parties, which sounds reasonable enough in a state where a third of voters are registered as unaffiliated and with Congressional approval ratings hovering around 10 percent.

But, should he make the ballot and mount a serious campaign, he could potentially tip the race between Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat who voted for Obamacare, and Congressman Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, who has voted with his House GOP colleagues 50 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

But Shogan’s critique of Obamacare is far different than Gardner’s.

While his calls to replace the law may appeal to conservatives, his actual policy position on the issue, seemingly calling for a single-payer system, seems to be to Mark Udall’s left.

“Everyone in America would receive government-provided basic health care coverage,” Shogan writes on his website outlining his plan.




  • Judy White

    I can only assume that the Democrat Obama machine got to this guy with some kind of deal. Similar to Ross Perot to throw the election in earlier times. Maybe all the pot smoking college kids can decide for the rest of us, but I prefer to not go with the Chicago Machine.

    Ask him this: Did he vote for Obama in 2008 and in 2012. If the answer is yes to both, you have an insider who is undermining the vote of Coloradans for national politics.

    And don’t buy the BS that Peter Boyle is putting out there. Cheerleading for this guy based on Peter’s 25 April 2014 interview with Shogan would be considered partison if not obnoxious.

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