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about Bob Beauprez, who lost to Bill Ritter in a 2006 gubernatorial bid, and now seems eager to take on Senator Michael Bennet in 2010.
Colorado Pols references finds Big Bob denigrating the chances that eitherAurora city councilman Ryan Frazier
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and Weld County district attorney Ken Buck, the two announced challengers to Bennet, can actually win, given their weak fundraising efforts to date.
Granted, there hasn't been a groundswell of support for Beauprez, whose 2006 campaign is widely viewed as one of the weakest in recent Colorado electoral history. Indeed, a report in the Denver Post's Politics West section about Beauprez's possible candidacy contains the following quote from former Colorado Republican Party chairman Bob Martinez (a Frazier supporter): "The party needs a fresh face. I have not heard anybody saying Bob should run for the Senate."
Maybe not, but Beauprez is certainly using his personal website to position himself for a run. The address, dubbed "Line of Sight," contains one anti-Obama item after another, including a July 21 editor's letter arguing that the current president has declared war "against prosperity, the free-market system, what is known all over the planet as the American Dream," and an August 3 blog headlined "ObamaCare: It Will Make You Feel Sick."
Some Republicans probably fear that Beauprez-redux will have the same effect on them. But at this point, it's obvious that only a cash shortfall of the sort afflicting Frazier and Buck will keep him on the sidelines.