Running for Governor of Colorado is hard, and I have the scars to prove it.
Twenty-eight years ago, I won the Republican nomination, but lost badly to the Democratic incumbent, Roy Romer. Back to the drawing board.
Then twenty years ago, with an open seat, Coloradans elevated Bill Owens, a two-term state treasurer and proven conservative change agent to the governorship. He did us proud.
Now after a dozen years of liberal Democrats as ineffective CEO's for the state, opportunity beckons again. Ballots for the June 26 primary go out soon.
Once more it's an open seat, and against the Dems' leftist field, any of our Republican contenders are far better suited to lead Colorado.
I'd gladly see GOP contenders Doug Robinson or Vic Mitchell or Greg Lopez elected in November. They've all run well.
But my vote in the June primary goes to Walker Stapleton.
Like the 1998 winner, he's a two-term state treasurer and proven conservative change agent.
I wasn't for Walker in his first race, 2010. He has won me over as a strong campaigner and a good steward of his executive duties.
He's ready to be our next governor. And I like it that he likes President Trump, don't you?
When you vote this month, please join me in supporting Walker Stapleton for Colorado Governor.