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Andrew Romanoff in the starting blocks

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As we pointed out in a blog last Thursday, former Colorado Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff is on the cusp of announcing a challenge to Senate appointee Michael Bennet. To that end, he's made one minor alteration at AndrewRomanoff.com, an address that hadn't been updated for months. Now, there's a small note near the top of the home page that reads, "New Website Coming Soon."

Soon like tomorrow, when he'll formally step into the ring, one day after onetime Colorado Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton does likewise, to the apparent displeasure of ex-Congressman Tom Tancredo. An e-mail sent out on Sunday by Romanoff's minions lists three campaign events, and instead of playing coy, as did Josh Penry prior to kicking off his run for governor, Romanoff is being upfront, describing the first appearance, in Pueblo, as his "official announcement" and his third, in Denver, as a "campaign launch celebration." Many Democratic Party heavyweights won't be in a partying mood, but Romanoff is going ahead anyhow, even though his decision to take on Bennet represents a risk that can either make his career or set it back years.

Look below to see Romanoff's Wednesday itinerary.

ROMANOFF TO LAUNCH BID FOR US SENATE

DENVER, CO -- Former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff will launch his bid to represent Colorado in the United States Senate on Wednesday, September 16, 2009. The formal announcement will take place in Pueblo, Colorado. The day will continue with two additional stops in Colorado Springs and Denver.

WHAT: OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT WHERE: LAKE ELIZABETH PAVILION AT THE HISTORIC ARKANSAS RIVERWALK OF PUEBLO (Intersection of Greenwood and Victoria) PUEBLO, CO WHEN: 10:00 AM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2009

WHAT: COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WHERE: PENROSE LIBRARY - CARNEGIE ROOM 20 NORTH CASCADE AVENUE COLORADO SPRINGS, CO WHEN: 1:00 PM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2009

WHAT: CAMPAIGN LAUNCH CELEBRATION WHERE: VOLUNTEERS FOR OUTDOOR COLORADO HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON PARK 600 SOUTH MARION PARKWAY DENVER, CO WHEN: 5:00 PM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2009

Paid for by Romanoff for Colorado. Patricia Barela Rivera, Treasurer

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