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  [CO Sen] Allard’s exit opens door to Elway
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Last EditedArmyDem  Jan 17, 2007 02:04am
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News DateWednesday, January 17, 2007 08:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy Aaron Blake

Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway will always be remembered by Coloradoans as the orchestrator of “The Drive” — a 98-yard touchdown march in the closing moments of the 1987 American Football Conference Championship game.

Whether the Hall-of-Famer and statewide sports hero has the drive to score a big win for Colorado Republicans in 2008 is another matter, and it’s the subject of growing speculation now that Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) is not running.

Elway’s office at the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League said yesterday that Elway “has no intentions of running,” and observers say a 2008 Senate bid that could muddy his popular image is unlikely, though attractive to the party.

Colorado Republicans have shown an interest in celebrity candidates in the past — Republican beer baron Pete Coors lost narrowly in 2004 to current Sen. Ken Salazar (D) — and some have suggested they will look in that direction now that the other Senate seat is open and top statewide candidates appear unlikely to run.

And there is no bigger celebrity in the state than Elway.
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