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March 06, 2009

First Bennet challenger?

Looks like newly-appointed Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet (D) may have his first Republican challenger in Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck:

Long thought to be a 4th Congressional District contender, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck says he has his sites set on a different race.

Buck isn't ready to make any announcements - he's still talking to his fellow GOP types - but he's considering challenging the newly appointed Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet for U.S. Senate come 2010.

"It's fair to say I'm considering a run for one of them, but I'm looking more closely at the Senate race," Buck said. He plans to announce in April.

A self-described "political junkie," Buck has served as Weld County's district attorney for four years and served a stint as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Buck wasn't on the Colorado Republican party's initial short list of leading candidates, but hails from a politically-competitive part of the state.  Other Republicans reportedly interested are: former Rep. Bob Beauprez, radio talk show host Dan Caplis, and Aurora city councilman Ryan Frazier.

Two of Wadhams' leading candidates -- Attorney General John Suthers and former state Treasurer Mark Hillman -- have decided not to run against Bennet.