First, he filed to run for Colorado’s Republican U.S. Senate nomination in January 2013.
Four months later, he filed to run for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, spending $11,648 of his own money on consulting and web services. Less than a month after that, he returned $238,352 he’d loaned to his campaign and shut it down after Tom Tancredo entered the race.
Then on March 3, Steve Laffey of Fort Collins filed to run for the 4th Congressional nomination. That was just days after Cory Gardner announced he’d vacate his 4th CD seat to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall.
When Gardner entered the Senate race, 2010 Senate candidate and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck switched to the 4th CD race.
The well-known Buck and little-known Laffey are hardly alone in their desire to represent the safe GOP district on Colorado’s eastern Plains
Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer filed to run this week. State Sen. Scott Renfroe filed last week. Gardner endorsed Buck on Thursday.
Republican delegates from the 4th CD will nominate primary candidates for the June 24 ballot at an assembly on April 11 in Broomfield.
Laffey’s campaign (or is that campaigns?) isn’t getting much mention in the media. And with three fairly well-known competitors, he’ll likely have a challenge getting onto the ballot. On his website, Laffey promotes an affiliation with the liberty movement:
“I’m not going to sit here and let them do this to us any longer. No more debt that crushes our kids’ future. No more Communist China taking our jobs. No more stealing our property rights. No more forcing us to buy health insurance. No more taking our guns. No more brainwashing our children. Leave us alone!”
His site makes no mention of the various races he’s entered.
Laffey moved to Colorado from Rhode Island, where he was mayor of Cranston, a city of 80,000 people. In 2006, he ran against incumbent U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee, and won almost 46 percent of the primary vote. Chafee ended up losing that race to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. Chafee is now governor of Rhode Island after winning as an independent in 2010.