Two Colorado GOP state senators line up to challenge Sen. Mark Udall
Colorado state Sen. Randy Baumgardner may have his Wild West mustache to thank for his rising visibility around the state — his facial hair even has its own Twitter handle — but the Republican hasn’t given much thought to how it will be received in Washington if gets elected to the U.S. Senate.
“I don’t care how it plays in Washington,” Baumgardner said from Washington, where he is visiting supporters in preparation for his bid to unseat Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. “I’m not representing Washington, I’m representing Colorado.”
But first Baumgardner must face off against state Sen. Owen Hill for the Republican nomination.
Whereas Baumgardner served two terms as state representative, Hill was only been elected last year. But Hill also just narrowly lost in 2010 against Democratic Sen. John Morse, the senate president who is facing recall over his support of new gun laws.
In an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation, Baumgardner said he was inspired to run because he doesn’t feel that Udall is representing Colorado’s interests, especially in the areas of energy policy, immigration reform and the Second Amendment.