What Ten Losers From the Primaries Should Do Next

What Ten Losers From the Primaries Should Do Next
Now that the primaries are over, the winning candidates are looking forward to the general election in November that will choose the state's next governor, treasurer, attorney general and a number of congressional reps and state lawmakers.

Though the primary outcomes were relatively predictable (save for a few surprises), the candidates were anything but. During the primaries we met a variety of characters, from savvy businessmen and women to political outsiders and intellectuals. Some of them may have lost, but we hate to see a good résumé go to waste. Here are suggestions for what ten losers from the primaries should do next.

Courtesy of Levi Tillemann
Levi Tillemann joins the cast of Jackass
Levi Tillemann comes from politicians — he's an offshoot of former lieutenant governor Nancy Dick — so he understands, perhaps better than most, the power of a provocative ad campaign. In his quest to defeat Democrat Jason Crow in the primary for the 6th Congressional District, Tillemann released a commercial about school safety in which he advocated for pepper spray as an effective, relatively safe tool to combat a school shooter. Easy enough, right? But in what had to be the oddest stunt in the primaries, toward the end of the commercial Tillemann got pepper-sprayed in the face — on purpose — and illustrated his skyscraper-high threshold for pain. We don't know what the Jackass guys are up to these days, but maybe Tillemann should reach out.

Courtesy of Bernard Douthit
Bernard Douthit leads Gringotts Wizarding Bank in next Harry Potter book
If your name is Bernard Douthit, you're almost sure to end up in some nerdy field, which is exactly what happened to the progressive Democratic candidate for state treasurer who ultimately lost to Dave Young. Douthit earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a graduate degree in management and finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, duh), and has nearly thirty years of experience in business finance. Reality probably wasn't so fun for Douthit the night he lost the primary, so we think he should look to fiction. Considering his credentials, J.K. Rowling would certainly pick him to lead Gringotts Wizarding Bank in her next Harry Potter book. Say it with us, Bernard: wingardium leviosa.

Saira Rao leads a nationwide effort to abolish ICE
Okay, so incumbent Diana DeGette pretty handily defeated progressive Democrat Rao for the 1st District Congressional seat. But — but! — Rao clearly has a knack for drumming up nationwide attention. She's had her byline in the Huffington Post and Teen Vogue, and her campaign caught the attention of The Nation and the New York Times. Rao should use her progressive energy and voice to spearhead the growing nationwide effort to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement. If not her, then who?

Darryl Glenn becomes a motivational speaker
Just when we think we've seen the end of Darryl Glenn, he comes back swinging. Glenn made waves in 2016 when he clenched a surprise victory at the state GOP convention in his pursuit of one of Colorado's two U.S. Senate seats. Many attributed his victory to the rousing ten-minute speech he gave to delegates that would have brought Ronald Reagan to tears. He was even tapped to speak at the Republican National Convention that year. He ultimately lost to Michael Bennett and again in the most recent primary to Doug Lamborn in the Republican primary for the 5th Congressional District. But losing isn't everything. Glenn would be wasting his gusto if he didn't join the motivational-speaking circuit. Tony Robbins is getting weird, anyway.

Courtesy of Victor Mitchell
Victor Mitchell becomes the Ray Romano impersonator the world didn't know it needed
According to some polls, Castle Rock businessman Victor Mitchell once led Stapleton in the Republican gubernatorial primaries. Mitchell has a pretty serious background that includes starting a company that funds the real estate market and serving as a state legislator. Maybe he wants to take a break and ease into the shoes of everyone's favorite mediocre TV comedian, Ray Romano. Or maybe he just wants to swim in his piles of money.

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.