Word comes to us today that former state House member Peggy Lamm, currently part of Rutt Bridge's operation at the Bighorn Center, is seriously looking at taking on Bob Beauprez in the 7th District. Apparently, discussions between the Democrat Lamm and Emily's List have already taken place about this race.
This should come as very positive news to Democrats looking to take Beauprez's seat. As we posted earlier, Bob Beauprez's hold on his seat might not be as strong as some think. As we all know, he barely won in 2002 and trounced a weakened candidate in 2004. You couple the pretty even numbers in 7 with the fact that Bob is not just touching the third rail of politics - Social Security - he seems to be jumping right on that rail to do a dance, and you have an opportunity for the donkeys to do a dance of their own. That's if the Dems field a strong candidate.
Is Peggy Lamm that candidate? A factor buoying Lamm is her strong education credentials. Anyone who has spent time in the neighborhoods of 7 will tell you that education is a big issue with voters in the district, especially the Jeffco part. We'd expect that if she runs, Lamm would use education and her background as a strong selling point in a campaign. She also is a known commodity with name recognition and a political network already in place. And, having Rutt Bridges on your side definitely helps.
If the Dems get behind a strong candidate, and the sooner the better for the donkeys, we think they can be very competitive in 7. It will be interesting to watch if Peggy Lamm is that candidate.