Corey Hutchins (Colorado Independent)- Republican State Treasurer Walker Stapleton officially waded into the large field for governor with a low-key weekend announcement on social media and the launch of a campaign website.
The only real news for close watchers of Colorado politics is that the second-term office-holder, who is a cousin of George H.W. Bush, finally made his bid official. His entrance adds an established current Republican statewide officeholder with access to big money into a large race where some candidates are jockeying for the “outsider” mantle in the era of Donald Trump.
For months, a Super PAC-like group called Better Colorado Now has been raising money, ostensibly to support Stapleton’s gubernatorial bid, a controversial arrangement since Stapleton had associated himself with the group prior to announcing his run. Campaign finance laws forbid candidates from coordinating with PACs, but since he hadn’t yet made his candidacy official, he could get as close to the PAC as he wanted, even helping it raise money. Stapleton also got a boost from another group, which gave him free statewide publicity in an ad campaign supporting term limits.
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