By Ernest Luning, November 08, 2021, ColoradoPolitics.com
The gloves came off Monday in the Republican primary for the Colorado Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet.
In a verbal dust-up inspired by the GOP candidates' assessments of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill passed late Friday, one Republican accused a rival of falling short as a conservative in a bid to win praise from coastal elites, while his target responded by ripping "petty little politicians" and lumped his critic in the category.
Gino Campana, a Larimer County developer and former member of the Fort Collins City Council, threw the first punch, blasting construction company owner and first-time candidate Joe O'Dea's comments expressing support for the infrastructure bill, which were first reported by Colorado Politics.
Campana and the other six Republicans vying for the Senate nomination all said they opposed the bill, with some criticizing the price tag and others deriding its links to a massive, Democratic-sponsored social spending package estimated at $1.85 trillion.
Campana and O'Dea jumped in the primary within days of each other in early October, joining a primary field that already included state Rep. Ron Hanks, R-Cañon City, Olympian and former GOP official Eli Bremer, Army veteran and former oil and gas executive Erik Aadland, former congressional candidate Peter You and nonprofit executive Juli Henry. Days later, former conservative talker Deborah Flora brought eh number of Bennet opponents to eight.
The Senate candidates who make the ballot will face off in a primary election on June 28, 2022.