State Republicans so far seem to be conceding the House District 55 race, in which virtually no money is being spent by the GOP or independent conservative groups to unseat incumbent Democratic Rep. Bernie Buescher, according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.
Buescher, whom the Colorado Independent profiled in July, is considered by many political observers to be the likely replacement for term-limited Rep. Andrew Romanoff as Speaker of the House — though he would likely face opposition from one or more of his Front Range Democratic colleagues.
Buescher’s Republican opponent, Laura Bradford of Colbran, who owns a medical supply company, may be the recipient of some late support from 527 groups if she proves to be a viable candidate on her own first, according to an analyst quoted in the Daily Sentinel article. But another observer said the GOP may just be focusing on more winnable races elsewhere in the state.
“It may be that they’ve decided they can’t get at Buescher because he’s the odds-on favorite to be the speaker (of the House),” John Straayer, a political science professor at Colorado State University, told the Daily Sentinel.
House District 55 encompasses the northeast section of Mesa County, including Grand Junction.