Michael Hancock, Denver's new mayor, had a good campaign -- and a lucky office
Michael Hancock wasn't the only big winner last night. His campaign headquarters at 1100 Bannock Street just scored another major victory. This could be the luckiest address in town, a golden spot in the Golden Triangle.
Seven years ago, this space served as headquarters for the Ken Salazar for Senate campaign; Salazar won (and later surrendered his seat to become Secretary of the Interior). The next occupant? Former Denver DA Bill Ritter, who based his campaign here when he ran for governor in 2006. Ritter won, too, but declined to run again in 2010.
Mark Udall, then U.S. Representative for the 2nd Congressional District, used the office as the base for the 2008 Senate race. He won, of course.
The Democrats established a Coordinated Campaign Headquarters for the 2010 election in this spot, and used it to push Michael Bennet, who'd been appointed to Ken Salazar's vacant seat by Ritter. And Bennet beat Ken Buck -- an upset that stunned pundits across the country. But not anyone who knew the history of this building in Colorado politics.
Now the office has proved lucky for Hancock.
And not just Hancock: Evan Dreyer became very familiar with the space as the spokesman for Ritter's gubernatorial campaign. And even before Ritter left office -- his decision not to run paved the way for John Hickenlooper's successful gubernatorial campaign, leaving the mayor's slot open -- Dreyer had signed on to help a mayoral candidate who looked like far from a shoo-in.
Until he picked his headquarters, that is. Yes, Michael Hancock.
The line for the next lease starts today at 1100 Bannock Street.