It seems like we're sort of beating this horse to death lately, but the mainstream media keeps throwing out information about Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and a possible run for governor. From The Denver Post:
If Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper decides to answer the call of an anonymous "Draft Hick" campaign that began last week and run for governor in 2006, new polling data suggest he'd be more than formidable.
Sixty-one percent of Front Range voters have a "favorable" view of hizzoner, while only 6 percent have an unfavorable view, according to Ciruli Associates. That puts his positive-to-negative ratio at more than 10-to-1 - better than any of the other heavy hitters in a survey that included Sen. Ken Salazar, Gov. Bill Owens and Sen. Wayne Allard.
Historically, Denver mayors haven't polled well outside city limits, but the Front Range is home to 80 percent of Colorado's electorate. Pollster Floyd Ciruli says Hickenlooper's popularity stems in part from his background as a nonpartisan businessman, an image that could fray if he became a candidate in a partisan race.
Some 34 percent of those surveyed weren't familiar with the mayor at all. That can be helpful for the mayor because it's harder to change the minds of the "unfavorables" than it is to give a favorable impression of yourself to voters who don't yet know you.
This comes after The Rocky Mountain News said in late March that Hick's approval ratings are 92% in Denver. If these numbers are all true - and it's very early - then this race, like we've said since early January, is Hick's to lose. Some of you are always going to think we're pushing Hick for governor, but we've always just been pointing out the obvious. These are strong numbers for any politician.
By the way, since our post last week that Congressman Bob Beauprez is more than wary of a potential matchup with Hickenlooper, we've heard those sentiments repeated a few more times. One big Republican donor/attorney told us that Beauprez hemmed and hawed when asked about a potential matchup with Hickenlooper. Their opinion was that Beauprez might not run against Hick, and instead wait for a U.S. Senate race.
We're not going to believe any of this until we hear it from Beauprez himself, but we're hearing it over and over again, so take that for what you will.