In Case You Missed It: Republican hopes to give Polis a run for his money

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

From the Colorado Statesman...

Weissmann announces GOP candidacy in CD 2
Republican hopes to give Polis a run for his money
By Ben Conarck

Republican businessman Eric Weissmann's candidacy for CD 2 against popular and well-funded Democratic incumbent Rep. Jared Polis is, by many accounts, a longshot. But recent voter registration numbers from the Colorado secretary of state show that the race -- at least on paper -- may be closer than originally anticipated.

Initially, when borders were finalized after redistricting last year, Democrats enjoyed a 4-point advantage over Republicans among active voters, but that lead has dwindled to just two points, according to registration numbers released in February.

The new data paints a more competitive picture of the 2nd CD, with 34 percent of active voters registered listed as Democrats, 32 percent registered as Republicans, and 33 percent unaffiliated...

Last Wednesday, Weissmann issued a press release rolling out a series of endorsements from other Republicans.

The release listed endorsements from Bob Greenlee, former Boulder mayor and a former candidate for the CD 2 seat before Polis took office; Aislinn Kottwitz, Fort Collins City Councilwoman; Josh Penry, former Senate Republican leader; Steve Schuck, Colorado Springs businessman and former candidate for governor; Katie Witt, Longmont City Councilwoman; and Rob Witwer, former state Representative from Jefferson County...

Weissmann said he is the only candidate in the district race who offers a "pro-liberty, pro free-market" approach.

"I focus on reducing the interference of government in our lives and in our businesses," he said...

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