Salazars (both) and Buck featured in New York Times today

Colorado’s political scene continues to draw national attention. Two major articles in this morning’s New York Times point a spotlight on Colorado.

One examines the influence of the Tea Party, in which it is noted that Republican Senate nominee Ken Buck was considered the weaker of two Republicans vying for the nomination, but has been able to give appointed Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet a run for his money.

The Times notes that Buck has campaigned against earmarks even while asking for them as Weld County district attorney.

They note his support for abolishing numerous federal agencies and privatizing others.

The Salazar article notes that 3rd District incumbent Democrat John Salazar still runs the family potato farm while seeking a fourth term in Congress. He defeated challenger Scott Tipton handily two years ago, but is facing a much tighter race this year.

The article notes that former U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, now Secretary of the Interior, is keeping a low profile in this race so as not to tie his brother too directly to the administration. John even speculates that a radio ad run against him recently in which he is referred to as “Ken Salazar” may not have been the mistake the ads producers claim it was.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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