June 16, 2012
I don’t have a dog in this fight. I was surprised to learn that Eric Weissman only needed 1,000 valid signatures to petition his way onto the Republican primary ballot for the 2nd CD. He was able to get 1,456 signatures. 614 of them were deemed invalid by the (Republican) Secretary of State. Democrats filed suit. The Denver District Court determined that enough of the signatures were valid for Weissman to make the ballot. By curious comparison, Rich Lopez needed 4,037 petition signatures to make the Democratic Party’s County Commissioner primary ballot in Boulder County alone. What’s up with that?
I suppose the decision to challenge Weissman’s signatures was a logical one, but it would have felt more sincere had Kevin Lundgren’s camp filed it. Jared Polis ought to be – and I think he is – ready, willing and able to take on any challenger the Republican Party nominates to run against him.
Polis has done an excellent job of delivering constituent services during his four years in Congress. The issues he has taken on and the positions he has espoused have, to this point, satisfied his constituents. If the redistricting has changed the make-up of the 2nd CD, and the result is that Weissman’s (the likely winner, IMHO) world view and policy preferences prevail, so be it. That’s democracy at work. However, I’ll be sorely disappointed if the economic policies that brought us to the brink of disaster in 2008 are swept back into play in 2012.