Shaffer rallies the late-night troops

State Senate President Brandon Shaffer rallied the crowd at the Democratic headquarters early this morning with a short speech meant to wake up reporters and party faithful.

He predicted Democrats would control the state Senate 18-17 after Tuesday night, with Colorado Springs Democrat John Morse retaining his seat.

He praised by name a dozen or so Democrats who ran for office this election, and said they did it for the sake of public service.

“They did it for the things we value,” he said. Those things include creating jobs, growing the economy, and putting people back to work, he added.

“This has been an incredibly difficult election year,” he said. “Just look at all the ads, not just in the Senate but in the legislature. You know, running for office is a very difficult thing to do,” he said.

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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