State Sen. Ellen Roberts quickly went from being a rarity in Colorado, a great Republican hope to defeat Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, to being just another common Colorado Republican implosion, in the tradition of Ken Buck, Scott McInnis, Bob Beauprez, etc.
Now Roberts is saying everyone made too big a deal of her contemplation of a U.S. Senate run, especially the Durango Herald's Peter Marcus, who first broke the news that Roberts was "in the process of thinking" about challenging Bennet. Roberts told KNUS radio-host Krista Kafer last week:
Roberts: I had honestly answered a question to my local hometown reporter after the session ended. He said, "You know, your name keeps getting floated out there as a possible candidate for the Republicans in the U.S. Senate race." And he said, "So, are you going to think about it?" I said, honestly, thinking of the average person's definition of 'thinking' -- not a Hillary Clinton 'no-I'm-not-thinking-about-it-while-you're-developing-your-whole-campaign-years-ahead -- actually meant I was going to go home to Durango, unpack my boxes, reintegrate with my family and my community, and think about whether that was a choice that I would make. And from there it went gangbusters, because he put it in the newspaper and the Democratic machine went -- and I would say, 'the Democratic nasty machine'.
And apparently, just by thinking about whether I might get into the U.S. Senate race was enough to send people to the moon and back. So, yeah, it was a -- it hasn't been a pleasant experience
"He put it in the newspaper." Can you believe it? A leading Colorado Republican tells Peter Marcus she's "thinking" of running for U.S. Senate, and the silly journalist actually tells us!
God knows what trick Marcus will play on Roberts next time he interviews her.
And there's more there, as you can see. Roberts is trying to make us believe she wasn't serious about a Senate run.
But all you have to do is read Roberts' own statements in Marcus' article to understand that she was definitely serious about it, as you'd presume would be the case if she's telling one of the state's few remaining political reporters about it.
She told Marcus she 1) was worried about surviving a primary; 2) she pointed out that she'd have to file paperwork before making an official announcement; 3) she lashed out at Bennet, indicating she'd thought about the campaign's end-game, and 4) she said nothing about not being serious, such as, "Hey, Peter, I'm telling you all this but I'm not serious about it."
Then she went on to tell The Denver Post's John Frank:
Roberts: "I'm not ready to announce yet, but I'm certainly exploring it pretty closely or I wouldn't be talking about it."
Next, she seriously told KNUS radio's Dan Caplis, "I've never called myself pro-choice as a politician." Then ColoradoPols posted a video proving this to be false, and Roberts soon said she was no longer considering a U.S. Senate run.
Or, as she told KNUS last week, "I would say I have since stopped thinking. So, because I publicly said I'm not thinking about it anymore, all of a sudden it has magically disappeared from the Democrats."
That's almost as surprising as a reporter who actually takes notes when you say you're thinking about running for U.S. Senate.
At least Roberts, who's not all bad on policy issues, didn't accuse progressive blogs of making any factual errors.
Roberts: Well, when I said on the radio show, as a politician, I don't -- I've never called myself pro-choice, I forgot that in 2011 in the heat of battle, I did said that because I was trying to drive home a point to the Democrats. Well, within twenty-four hours, the blogs had pieced together that time in 2011 and the radio show clip to say that I was wishy-washy, or flip-floppy, or whatever. As far as I'm concerned, put me in category number three.
Whatever. That's the category Roberts now wants to be in. That's fine, but hopefully she won't claim that her new "whatever" category is the media's invention.