Want to run for political office? Have we got a deal for you! The luckiest address in Denver, 1100 Bannock Street, has a "for lease" sign on the door, and this golden spot in the Golden Triangle doesn't rent to losers.
The most recent occupant of this space was the Michael Hancock for mayor campaign, which scored a big win in a crowded field; a few vestiges of the race -- including big "thank you" messages to supporters -- were still visible through the big windows yesterday.
Seven years ago, this space served as headquarters for the Ken Salazar for Senate campaign; Salazar won (and later surrendered his seat to become Secretary of the Interior). The next occupant? Former Denver DA Bill Ritter, who based his campaign here when he ran for governor in 2006. Ritter won, too, but declined to run again in 2010.
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Mark Udall, then U.S. Representative for the 2nd Congressional District, used the office as the base for his 2008 Senate race. He won, of course.
The Democrats established a Coordinated Campaign Headquarters for the 2010 election in this spot, and used it to push Michael Bennet, who'd been appointed to Ken Salazar's vacant seat by Ritter. And Bennet beat Ken Buck -- an upset that stunned pundits across the country. But not anyone who knew the history of this building in Colorado politics.
Because so many candidates have used this address, it's already wired for all the technological tools a race needs these days. But the lucky political pedigree could be its real selling point.
Find the complete Calhoun: Wake-Up Call archive, including "Michael Bennet gets rave reviews...from GOP voters on Hannity," here.