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Former PolitickerCO.com reporter Jeremy Pelzer -- whose daily postings on the now-defunct site were must-reads for Colorado's politically attuned -- lands this week at Elevated Voices, 5280's everything-to-know-about-Denver blog. Monday's posting examines potential challengers to Rep. Betsy Markey, who unseated three-term Republican Marilyn Musgrave and became the first Democrat to represent the sprawling 4th Congressional District in more than three decades.
Soon-to-be-former U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, neither seen nor heard in the four weeks since her thumping loss to Democratic challenger Betsy Markey, finally made that phone call. Thing is, it wasn't a concession call to Markey, and it wasn't a call to thank her supporters. No, the lame duck Republican lent her voice to a robocall for the Georgia Senate run-off election on Tuesday, blaming "leftist special interests" for her defeat.
This started out as the latest installment of the Marilyn Musgrave Concession Watch — we're approaching 21 days since the Colorado Republican lost her 4th District congressional seat to Democrat Betsy Markey, and she still hasn't conceded the race or even thanked her supporters — but at some point that just feels like piling on. So we'll turn to Denver Post columnist Ed Quillen and the Greeley Tribune's Mike Peters, who did some piling on of their own this weekend.
Not only has lame-duck Rep. Marilyn Musgrave still refused to concede to Betsy Markey, but the word is around D.C. that the Fort Morgan Republican has gone into hiding since the 12-point drubbing that cost the three-term congresswoman her seat. "[More] rumors abound that no one has seen or talked to Musgrave since the brutal loss; she’s all but disappeared," Politico's Anne Schroeder Mullins reported Tuesday morning.
Other Republicans around the country and in Colorado did it. John McCain made a gracious speech to supporters Tuesday night in Arizona, where he congratulated his Democratic presidential opponent, Barack Obama, for a good campaign that has made political history. Colorado Republican Senate candidate Bob Schaffer called his opponent, Democratic Rep. Mark Udall, to congratulate him for his victory before making a thank-you speech to his supporters.
FORT COLLINS — Talk about a breakout year and a historic election in Colorado. Not only did Barack Obama become the first African-American to win the presidency, but Betsy Markey overran Republican Rep. Marilyn Musgrave to become the first Democrat elected to Colorado's 4th Congressional District in 36 years.
A stunning win by political newcomer Democrat Betsy Markey over ultra-conservative, three-time incumbent Rep. Marilyn Musgrave in Colorado's fourth congressional district has taken politicos by complete surprise. The 57-43 victory has been sealed with 69 percent of precincts reporting. The race was characterized by vicious attack ads, ethics complaints and an enormous fundraising haul by the candidates themselves and special interests groups.
After failing to out raise her Democratic opponent throughout most of the last six months, Republican Rep. Marilyn Musgrave's fundraising has hit overdrive in the final week of the election.