Republican congressional hopefuls are popping up like groundhogs after last week's report here that Congressman Joel Hefley (CD-5, Colorado Springs) may retire after his current term.
State Senator Tom Wiens, whose name has been floated as a possible gubernatorial candidate, is now considering running for Hefley's seat if the 20-year veteran chooses to retire. Former Speaker of the House Lois Spradley and former House Majority Leader Keith King are being talked up around the state capitol, and House Minority Leader Mark Hillman has already been making calls to feel out support for the race. At least five other Republicans are known to have expressed some interest in running for the seat, and TABOR Daddy Doug Bruce is even thought to be in the mix.
Remember that in Colorado, candidates for congress don't need to actually live in the district to run, so there's no limit as to how many Elephants could throw their names into this quickly growing hat.