The Denver Post reports today on the candidacy of Democrat Herb Rubenstein for CD-7, something readers of Colorado Pols first knew about two weeks ago. But if the way Rubenstein handled his first major press foray is any indication of the type of candidate he'll be, we aren't going to see him rise much higher on the CD-7 Line than 20-1. From The Post:
"If a carpetbagger is anyone who has moved to Colorado since 1960 looking for a better life, I bet 80 percent of the room would stand up. People can call me any name they want, but I'm the guy to offer a new voice and a new energy to politics," said Rubenstein, 52, a Jefferson County Democrat who plans to kick off his campaign on Saturday.
The longtime Washington, D.C., lawyer and, more recently, business consultant did his research about congressional districts nationwide and picked Colorado's 7th as his best bet to snag a seat. He moved to the Golden area in March, then wasted little time before filing his campaign papers Wednesday.
Yikes! We had originally heard that Rubenstein had lived in Colorado for a year, but it turns out that he only moved here in March. That's not going to go over well in this race. It's one thing to be a carpetbagger who moves into the district from somewhere else in Colorado; it's another thing entirely to move into the state and the district only because you wanted to run for congress. Ask Alan Keyes how well that worked out.