Chuck Schumer thought that retaking the Senate was well within his grasp.
But a large ethics penalty has placed that all in danger.
Chuck Schumer got trapped by a huge scandal that destroyed his 2020 chances.
Democrats were sure that they would take over the Senate in the midterm elections, however they failed after their accusations against Brett Kavanaugh got more Republican voters out to the polls than predicted.
The fact that the Senate has a Republican majority has kept some of the Democrats’ insanity in check.
Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment without justification was doomed by the Senate where the only Republican to vote along with Democrats was Mitt Romney.
The Democrats only have a limited number of seats that they have real chances of flipping.
They’ll have a very hard time flipping Mitch McConnell’s seat.
However, Colorado is another matter.
Former Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper looked like he had a real chance with his campaign but an ethic scandal has thrown that all in jeopardy.
“For months, Democrats have figured that Colorado’s U.S. Senate race, a linchpin of their strategy to take back the majority in November, was essentially in the bag, with the Republican incumbent Cory Gardner trailing by double digits behind their candidate John Hickenlooper, the well-liked and well-known former two-term governor and Denver mayor.” The Times wrote.
But a far-left contender tried to take the nomination from Hickenlooper.
Former Colorado state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff espouses many of the tenets that are popular with the far-left of the party, including Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.
Romanoff has been helped in his campaign by the scandal that his opponent, Hickenlooper, has gotten caught in.
The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission gave Hickenlooper the highest penalty possible and hit him with a $2,750 fine for his misuse of a corporate jet and Maserati limo.
“Hickenlooper violated the Colorado Constitution, disrespected the rule of law, and forced the Commission to subpoena him and find him in contempt before answering their questions. Coloradans deserve better, and they deserve to be refunded for the hours billed as a result of Hickenlooper’s erratic behavior these past few weeks,” said the Ethics ruling.
Now the Democrat leadership is stuck with a candidate who has been weakened by scandal after Hickenlooper won the nomination for Senate.
Dick Wadhams, a former state GOP chairman, said Hickenlooper is “limping out of this primary and now has a vulnerability that didn’t exist several weeks ago.”
Hickenlooper now has to repair his injured credibility and win over the far-left voters who voted for his primary opponent.
This is not the position the Democrats want to be in when it comes to retaking the Senate.
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