UPDATE: Dave Anderson tells us he's not running against Lamborn as a Democrat, but rather is not affiliated with a political party, despite his showing up for Democrat events in the past.
Sorry about that, Dave. While Dems have had a hard time of it in the 5th Congressional, unaffiliated candidates or minor party candidates have had an even tougher time. Good luck with that.
Democrat Dave Anderson, a Springs businessman, is already planning to announce he'll be a candidate in the 5th Congressional District in 2012, facing off against three-term Republican Doug Lamborn.
Anderson's announcement will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at SouthSide Johnny's, 528 S. Tejon St.
It’s Groundhog Day: What do you want to see, an economic springtime or more winter? If you are ready for a campaign focused on jobs, prosperity, and the recovery of our nation as a global competitor, please join us as Dave Anderson announces his candidacy for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District in 2012.
Lamborn faced retired Air Force officers in his first two elections: Jay Fawcett in 2006 and Hal Bidlack in 2008. Then, last year, Kevin Bradley of Florence gave him a run. Each pulled only about 40 percent of the vote, so Anderson has his work cut out for him in a district that's predominantly Republican. Republicans comprise about half of active voters in the district, while Dems represent only 21 percent and unaffiliated voters, 25 percent.
Anderson says in a press release:
What we're doing economically isn't working. We've spent trillions in stimulus and bail-outs and can't imagine a growth rate that looks like a real recovery. It's time to do something different. The situation IS within our control, IF we are prepared to take six steps that are truly in the national interest. We have the capability to generate millions of primary jobs and to restore income, eliminating the deficits at all levels of government - not by cutting our budgets but by defending our freedom and that of others.