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Hickenlooper Launches Leadership PAC for 2020 … But He’s Already Behind Democrat Senators

The governor of Colorado took another step toward a 2020 presidential run, the Colorado Sun reported Monday.

By NTK Staff | 09.18.2018 @12:00pm
Hickenlooper Launches Leadership PAC for 2020 … But He’s Already Behind Democrat Senators

Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) took another step toward a 2020 presidential run on Monday, the Colorado Sun reported. The Sun‘s John Frank discovered that Hickenlooper, who’s in his final months of two four-year terms as governor, has set up a federal leadership PAC called Giddy Up.

The term-limited Democrat created a federal leadership PAC called Giddy Up that can collect as much as $5,000 a year from donors — money that he can use to cover his political travel, develop policy proposals and donate to other candidates.

The move — first reported by The Colorado Sun — is a traditional step for candidates with ambitions for higher office and comes after Hickenlooper spent the summer talking to party strategists, major donors and his family about whether to pursue a White House bid.

It will be telling to see to whom Hickenlooper donates in the early months of the PAC’s existence. If he donates to federal candidates in early-voting 2020 states – think Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, for example – it could be a more sure sign he’s running for president.

Hickenlooper’s already behind some of his would-be primary opponents, though. Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-CA) Fearless for the People PAC has raised $2.2 million in the 2018 cycle, and has spent $1.6 million. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) PAC for a Level Playing Field has raised nearly $600,000 in the 2018 cycle, and has spent $1.3 million.

The name of the PAC – Giddy Up – will strike some as strange. But Hickenlooper observers know that the phrase has a rich history with the governor. Hickenlooper’s book, “The Opposite of Woe,” is inspired in part by the phrase.

It’s just one of countless ways the book promotes Hick’s preferred political image — as the late gonzo Coloradan Hunter S. Thompson put it, “When the going gets tough, the tough turn pro.” Even the title reflects the message: It’s taken from an anecdote in which a rural community-college teacher asks, “What is the opposite of woe?” The student replies, “Giddy-up.”

Hickenlooper wrapped up his 2018 State of the State – his final as governor – with “Giddy up!” Is the governor about to “giddy up” for the White House? The next few months will offer strong tells.

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