Politics As Unusual During a Local Fight For Congress Next Year By Dave Perry


That’s not thunder you hear, Aurora. It’s the sound of political war drums.

Get ready to rumble.

As the country’s political leaders become increasingly partisan and partial to political donnybrook, Aurora is likely to become local ground zero in a rash of skirmishes for control of Congress. The chances are good that it’s going to be an expensive, ugly and overwhelmingly fatiguing slog to Nov. 4, 2014, when Aurora votes for its 6th Congressional District representative.

This month, staffer Aaron Cole in his cover story, “Fade to Blue,” outlines how it is that a once-Republican stronghold in Colorado has turned into a left-leaning battleground for votes.

What it means is that you’re likely to hear from—and about—the two most likely contenders for the congressional seat ad nauseam for 52 consecutive weeks.

Just a few weeks ago most of the national political wags were predicting a battle for Democrats to hold onto the U.S. Senate. But hysterical Capitol antics during the government shutdown has political crystal ball gazers predicting a wild fight for the wheel in both the House and the Senate.

Several keen watchers have pointed to Aurora’s congressional race between incumbent Republican Mike Coffman and challenger former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. It’s already estimated to be the fifth-most expensive congressional race in the making, pushing the $4 million mark in contributions so far. And politicos are expecting the entire country to blow way past the $4 billion lid for all congressional races this year.

So for most Aurorans, that means your phone is going to ring for weeks with push pollsters and campaign beggars. It means you’re probably going to see the same commercials from both candidates more times than you can tolerate. For those with a big appetite for politics, it means a hedonistic gorge likely to leave even the most voracious diner in a coma. For those Aurora residents with lives and especially those wondering fondly about a benevolent dictatorship, it means 12 months of their worst dreams come true.

It means that no matter where you are on the palette of red to blue, no matter where you are on your intolerance or appreciation for glad-handing and baby-kissing, you need to read Cole’s story so you can make sense of what’s about to take up a lot of your life in the next year. Or, this is your cue to run for cover.

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