"Is there anything we can do to win the governor's race?" asked registered Republican Jon Caldara, moaning and grabbing what would be his hair, during yesterday's taping ofDevil's Advocate
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(the show airs tomorrow on Channel 12). Well, yes, I told him: You can convince John Elway, the state's biggest celebrity, and most famous Republican, to throw a Hail Mary pass, convince Dan Maes to pull out of the race and then take his place. Number 7 for governor: Score!
Although Maes has shown no signs that he'll get out of the race -- despite the open dismissiveness of GOP boss Dick Wadhams after his surprise win over ultimate insider Scott McInnis -- grown men (and women) have done amazing things to get a nod, a moment, an autograph from Elway.
And Elway, whose name has been floated as a potential candidate before, has the major attribute Wadhams and other GOP leaders would be looking for in a replacement candidate: money. Plus, unlike Dave Liniger, whose name has been floated, he has another attribute that would likely convince Tom Tancredo to get out of the race: popularity. Elway is still so popular in this state that he could give John Hickenlooper a run for his money.
Even if he makes Jon Caldara his running mate.