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You may remember this web ad from Mike Collins, a disabled Vietnam veteran who expressed his displeasure at Marilyn Musgrave and her inability to understand what it really means to support our troops.


Well, Mike has decided to step up and make a bid for the House seat being left vacant by a departing Tom Tancredo.

Mike's website is up, although he says it is a 'work in progress' on his Progress Now blog.

From the Denver Post

Vietnam vet seeks Tancredo's House seat


ARAPAHOE COUNTY - A Vietnam veteran says he is running for the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by Tom Tancredo.


Democrat Mike Collins, 56, says he has been actively involved with the Democratic Party, including serving on precinct committees. He also blogs about politics, he said.


"I think Mike Coffman is going to have a lot to worry about with my candidacy," said Collins, who is disabled and speaks through a mechanical device because, he said, he got larynx cancer from Agent Orange, a defoliant used in Vietnam.


Coffman, Colorado secretary of state and a Republican, has every intention of running, his spokesman has said. "

There will likely be a primary on the Republican side, as registration in this district favors the Republicans. The early front runner for the (R) ticket is Secretary of State Mike Coffman. The GOP is not too thrilled about allowing the Democratic Governor the opportunity to replace the oversight of Colorado elections in an election year, and have been pressuring Coffman not to run.

If Coffman, who is already getting staffed up to make the bid, officially files, the pressure will be on him to at least vacate his office sooner rather than later so that the Republicans can mount a realistic effort to replace the appointee on the Nov. '08 ballot.

Also rumored to be looking at the seat for the Democrats is Colorado University Regent Steve Ludwig, who is weighing the financial consequences of what would be an expensive race.

Originally posted to TakeBackTheHouse on Sun Nov 04, 2007 at 01:17 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  On Behalf of Colorado, we apologize for Tancredo (13+ / 0-)

    "He was lined up for the wall before he was lined up against it."

    Suggested future epitath

  •  Sorry but have we completely forgotten (5+ / 0-)

    Max Cleland

    Dirty-Bomb Politics

    By Mary McGrory
    Thursday, June 20, 2002; Page A23

    If the mugging of Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia is a fair indicator of what is to come, the fall elections will be ugly. Cleland, a decorated veteran and triple amputee, was attacked by his Republican opponent, Rep. Saxby Chambliss, "for breaking his oath to protect and defend the Constitution."

    Shades of Lee Atwater, the fabled Republican cutthroat politico who helped pilot the first President Bush to victory. But even Atwater might have hesitated before going after a man who lost both legs and an arm in the service of his country. Chambliss did not participate in Vietnam. He had a bad knee, he told columnist Mark Shields, who was the first to call national attention to Cleland's bizarre situation -- veterans whose war wounds confine them to wheelchairs are often given a pass on patriotism, especially by those who never wore the uniform.

    Be careful what you shoot at, most things in here don't react well to bullets-Sean Connery .... Captain Marko Ramius -Hunt For Red October

    by JML9999 on Sun Nov 04, 2007 at 01:34:25 PM PST

    •  Max Cleland (4+ / 0-)
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      jimstaro, AmySmith, JML9999, HoosierDeb

      Max is still a very inspirational figure, and I don't think he is going to let the country forget him. I think he still has some legacy left to build. I know that for one thing he is on the national board of Democrats Work and between that and other projects I suspect his biography will continue to add some great chapters while Chambliss will always be remembered, well... for being Chambliss.

      I saw a pic of Sen. Cleland on Mike's page while I was researching this story, and there are some notable Coloradoans in the picture with Mike and Max.

      In the grey suit is a man who has since become Representative Perlmutter of CO-07, and the smiling man second from the right was since elected to be Rep. Joe Rice of the Colorado House. So far that is a pretty lucky photo to be in!  

      •  I was speaking the the context of what GOP did (1+ / 0-)
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        HoosierDeb

        to Max Cleland what's to stop them from doing that to Mike Collins. I guess I'm asking you to flesh out what Mike has in his favor outside of being a "Disabled Dem.  'Nam Vet"

        Be careful what you shoot at, most things in here don't react well to bullets-Sean Connery .... Captain Marko Ramius -Hunt For Red October

        by JML9999 on Sun Nov 04, 2007 at 01:57:26 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Or John Kerry (1+ / 0-)
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      JML9999

      The "by the way served in Vietnam" crap that led up to the swiftliars made me especially sick, because it wouldn't be functional as a joke were it not for Rush, etc. having football injuries, pilonoidal cysts, other priorities, etc.

      "THANK GOD GEORGE W. BUSH IS OUR PRESIDENT"--"Moderate" Rudy Giuliani, 2004 GOP Convention

      by BlueEngineerInOhio on Sun Nov 04, 2007 at 04:46:27 PM PST

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  •  Damn...... (3+ / 0-)

    Citizens Steppin Up All Over, and an Activists 'Nam Vet Brother To Boot!!

    You've got'em Mike and we've got your back!

    If they were sent to fight, they are too few. If they were sent to die, they are too many!

    by jimstaro on Sun Nov 04, 2007 at 01:47:00 PM PST

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