The Denver Post reports today that Congressman Mark Udall has been making the rounds lately in a possible bid for governor:
The Boulder congressman, who has been coy about his intentions, met privately last week with Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, possibly to seek his support. Udall also apparently met with U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar.
It's doubtful that Udall's conversation with Hickenlooper was about asking for his support; more likely, Udall wanted to know if Hick was planning on running himself. Meeting with Ken Salazar doesn't mean a whole lot, either. Salazar will likely stay out of this until the field has been cleared for one Democrat - he's not going to get involved in a primary fight.
It's interesting to see that Udall is back in proactive mode. Many party insiders were beginning to suspect that Udall wasn't interested after all. One thing that may be taking him back to the idea is the bigger picture: if Udall were to run for governor and win, and Colorado maintained its Democratic majority in the legislature, he would immediately move to the top of the list of future presidential candidates. That's an awfully big carrot to ignore.
On another note, the Post reports two things that Colorado Pols readers already knew: that State Senator Tom Wiens is thinking about a gubernatorial run, and that Peggy Lamm is seriously considering a run for congress in CD-7.
And on one other note, the Post mentions something we've also been hearing lately, that Lt. Governor Jane Norton is leaning towards not running for governor:
Norton's title makes her the likely front-runner, but she hasn't been acting like a candidate.
Sorry, but Norton would not be the frontrunner if she decided to run, which is probably a big reason why she's leaning against taking the plunge. Norton's gubernatorial aspirations were tied to Bill Owens' performance, and when the Republicans lost the legislature Norton lost her place at the head of the line.