Incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet joined the U.S. Senate in 2009 after Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter appointed him to succeed Sen. Ken Salazar after Salazar was appointed Secretary of the Interior by President Barack Obama. Prior to his appointment, Bennet served as Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, presiding over increased student enrollment and graduation rates.
Sen. Bennet won his first full term in office in the close 2010 election against Rep. Ken Buck. In 2013, Bennet played a key role as a member of the Gang of Eight in the passage of comprehensive immigration reform out of the U.S. Senate. In twelve years of service in the Senate, Sen. Bennet has been a consistent supporter of voting rights, abortion rights, nondiscrimination and LGBTQ+ rights, reducing gun violence, environmental protection and confronting human-caused climate change, and ending the failed War on Drugs.
Sen. Bennet's signature policy achievement in office came with the March 2021 passage of the Child Tax Credit expansion as part of the American Rescue Plan. The expanded Child Tax Credit resulted in an historic reduction in child poverty for the one-year period in which the program was fully funded. Sen. Bennet's top priority in 2023 is to make the Child Tax Credit expansion permanent. In 2019, Sen. Bennet joined with Republican Sen. Mitt Romney to call for a universal basic income standard for children.
Sen. Bennet can negotiate with Republicans across the aisle and influence policy with the Democratic Senate majority and the White House. Bennet was the driving force behind President Joe Biden's establishment of a new national monument at Camp Hale and drilling protections in the ecologically sensitive Thompson Divide.
Sen. Bennet's opponent, concrete executive Joe O'Dea, tried and failed to hide his far-right agenda from Colorado voters. During the Republican primary, O'Dea claimed to be "personally very pro-life," and proudly admitted after winning the nomination that he was a supporter of Proposition 115, an abortion restriction measure that failed overwhelmingly in 2020. Despite this, O'Dea has falsely claimed to be "pro choice" in deceptive campaign ads. O'Dea was proud to claim the support of members of the Trump administration during the primary, then tried to back away from Trump after winning the nomination.
The contrast between Michael Bennet's record of service and policy wins in the U.S. Senate and Joe O'Dea's empty promises concealing a right-wing agenda could not be greater. Bennet is the clear progressive choice.
Incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet joined the U.S. Senate in 2009 after Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter appointed him to succeed Sen. Ken Salazar after Salazar was appointed Secretary of the Interior by President Barack Obama.
Adam Frisch is running for Congress in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, a seat currently held by one of the most controversial members of Congress, freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert. Before running for Congress, Frisch served the residents of Aspen and Pitkin County as an Aspen city councillor and the chairman of the Pitkin County financial review committee. Frisch is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in economics.
Frisch is running as a moderate Democrat with a large coalition of bipartisan support holding the common goal of removing Rep. Boebert from office. Frisch has been endorsed by Rep. Boebert's Republican opponent in this year's primary elections, state Sen. Don Coram. If elected, Frisch has promised to lead with the priorities of the Third District first and partisan considerations second, and has vowed to represent stakeholders on all sides of the economic and environmental issues affecting Western and Southern Colorado.
Rep. Lauren Boebert is one of the most polarizing and least effective members of Congress ever elected by Colorado voters. Rep. Boebert's first term in office was totally devoid of accomplishments for the Third District, with Boebert repeatedly claiming credit for funding she voted against. Rep. Boebert spends all of her time in office engaging in social media battles to please her fans in other states while ignoring the needs of her constituents. Rep. Boebert has aligned herself with the most controversial and discredited far-right members of Congress like Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene. Rep. Boebert has also been repeatedly cited by campaign finance regulators for use of campaign funds for personal interests.
The Third Congressional District is drawn with a significant but not insurmountable Republican advantage. Adam Frisch is without question the better candidate to represent the Third Congressional District.