The Democrats named their 2014 the Bannock Street Project after the street where Sen. Michael Bennet’s campaign quarters stood. The squat building on a corner in Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood is now a gym near a marijuana dispensary, an Italian restaurant and a hair salon. On Wednesday, Stan Lhotak, 38, stood about a block away. A Democrat, he is worried about the Republican takeover of the Senate.
“I don’t like that it happened,” he said. “I was shocked by how much they steamrolled.”
Gene Loehrlein, 57, of Denver, said he is disappointed, but not surprised.
While he supports the Democratic agenda, he thinks they’ve been pushing it too hard.
“I think the Democrats have been pushing their agenda down out throats,” he said. But people voting them out — “I think it’s a mistake,” he said, adding that he thinks that young people just didn’t show up.
“I think the younger ones that were on the Democratic bandwagon 4, 5, 6 years ago, they just didn’t get done what they wanted them to get done, so they didn’t vote. Which is a sad, sad thing. ”
Amy Watson, 42, of Littleton, was excited.
“I’m ecstatic,” the Republican said. “I think people have just had enough. And the hope has been lost with Obama. It’s no longer about hope. It’s about people are ready for a change and new leadership.”