Romer Eschews a Bid for Senate Seat
By Ceci Connolly
Much to the disappointment of the Clinton White House, Colorado Gov. Roy Romer (D) has announced he will not challenge Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.). Administration politicos believed the popular three-term governor was the best hope at returning the Senate seat to Democratic hands after Campbell switched parties two years ago.
Friends said Romer never intended to run but did not mind the courting, especially if it helps earn him a Cabinet post.
His decision to keep his twin jobs as governor and head of the Democratic National Committee clears the primary field for Boulder Rep. David E. Skaggs.
"Part of me hoped Roy would run," Skaggs said last week. "The object here is to get a good senator from Colorado, and Roy would have been one."
Although he is holding off on a formal announcement "people in Colorado do not want to start hearing about 1998" Skaggs is busy trying to raise the $4 million a competitive race would require.
"It reminds me of . . . boot camp in the Marine Corps," he said. "As daunting as it is, I've seen other people lesser than me do it. If they could do it, I could do it."
Campbell, a former Olympian and jewelry designer who is half Native American, could have his hands full next year. Rep. Scott McInnis (R-Colo.), in his third term, is considering a primary challenge to Campbell, whom he considers insufficiently conservative.
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