CD-2 Endorsement Wars

The early political season is not for voters, but for insiders, a trading on reputations, insiders eyeballing the list of other insiders that candidates can bring to bear on their behalf.

Democratic second congressional district campaigns of both Joan Fitz-Gerald and Jared Polis fired off a couple of rounds in this battle this week.

Attempting to shore up one of her weaker constituencies in the city of Boulder, Joan Fitz-Gerald announced a list of Boulderites who are supporting her candidacy for Congress. Jared Polis likewise reported two endorsements that should help his candidacy in the eyes of women’s groups.

Fitz-Gerald’s announced the support of House Majority Leader Alice Madden and former State Sen. Dorothy Rupert along with a long list of other prominent Boulderites.Polis got the endorsement of of Colorado’s best known female office holder, former U.S. Rep. Pat Schroeder, along with former U.S. Senate candidate and Boulder County Commissioner Josie Heath. Schroeder praised Polis as “a proven champion of women’s causes,” including abortion rights and gender equity in health care.

Rep. Alice Madden said of Fitz-Gerald, “Joan will use her experience as State Senate President, fight for our nation’s health care crisis, promote renewable energy and work to get this country under control.”

In addition to McFadden and Rupert, the Fitz-Gerald campaign also released this list of Boulder-based supporters:

Senator Brandon Shaffer
Representative Claire Levy
District Attorney Mary Lacy
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle
Longmont City Councilwoman and Former RTD Board Member Mary Blue
Mayor of Nederland, Laura Farris
Nederland Board of Trustee, Betty Porter
Former Boulder Mayor Leslie L. Durgin
Former County Commissioner and Senator, Jana Mendez
Former Boulder County Sheriff George Epp
Former Supreme Court Justice Jean Dubovsky
Former C.U. Regent Dr. Bob Sievers
Britta Singer – Former Boulder County Democratic Chair
Faye Johnson – Former Boulder County Democratic Chair
Edie Stevens – Former Boulder County Democratic Chair
Sherrie Wolff – Former DNC member

Cintra Mcilwain
Dr. Warren Hern
Narayan Shrestha
Samuel Weaver
Ken N. Hotard
Bev and Bob Noun
Dennis Creese
Frank Dubofsky
Howard Geller
Jean Gore
Robert P. Horan
Regina & Macon Cowles
Jean Hodges
David & Sharon Conley
Karla Rikansrud
Matthew Moseley
Susan Boucher
Boulder Deputy Mayor Suzy Ageton

The third candidate in the CD-2 mix, environmentalist Will Shafroth, has declined to participate in the endorsement wars so far, either from lack of interest or lack of ammunition.

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