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  This is a Bernie state': Joe Salazar considering run against Bennet in 2022 Democratic primary
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Last EditedBrentinCO  Jan 24, 2021 01:15pm
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AuthorErnest Luning
News DateSaturday, January 23, 2021 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFormer state Rep. Joe Salazar, one of the first Colorado politicians to endorse Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential bid, is considering mounting a challenge against U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in the 2022 primary, Colorado Politics has learned.

The Thornton Democrat and executive director of the anti-fracking organization Colorado Rising said in an interview that he's a long way from making a decision and is weighing numerous factors — including the results of this year's redistricting, which could yield a new congressional seat — but he made clear he thinks Bennet's trademark centrist approach is out of step with the state's increasingly progressive electorate.

"He is so wishy-washy and so middle-of-the-road that we don’t know which road he walks on," Salazar said. "Colorado is trending progressive. We’re not the moderate state that Sen. Bennet seems to be stuck in the mud over.

"This is a Bernie state. People need to come to accept that. He can’t even compel himself to think in a progressive way because he thinks Colorado is a purple state, when we're not. We’re solid blue."
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