by Ralph Routon
On a day when Colorado's Republicans are making headlines with their infighting, the state's Democrats are looking like angels by comparison.
While GOP leaders continued trying to convince Dan Maes to pull out of the governor's race, with even Senate candidate Ken Buck jumping on the Maes-must-go bandwagon, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet quietly sent out a mass e-mail this afternoon to his supporters.
In the message, Bennet actually asks his backers to help his Democratic primary opponent, former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, take care of his campaign debt. Romanoff, after refusing major corporate and PAC donations through the primary race, sold his Denver house in the final weeks before the Aug. 10 election to cover some late expenditures.
Now, with Romanoff preparing to campaign on Bennet's behalf, the senator says he actually has already contributed to Romanoff's effort.
Here's the e-mail that just went out:
For nearly a year, Andrew Romanoff and I were locked in a tough race for the Democratic nomination. But both of us always kept sight of this: At the end of the day, we would come together as friends and allies to win this election, and keep the seat from falling to an extremist Republican.
As you may know, the campaign left Andrew with a debt. My wife Susan and I recently made a donation to help Andrew retire his debt, and I'm asking you to do the same.
This is what Democrats do best: We come together and focus on the future. Andrew is heading back to the campaign trail, to help Democrats win in November. He is a proven leader with a strong record of standing up for the people of Colorado.
Right now, we need to stand up for him. Please make a donation to help Andrew retire his debt today.
I know how strong we can be when we work as a team. So please help Andrew as you've helped me, and let's all move forward to win this race!