Grand Junction voters may get a chance Monday to see two major candidates in the race to be the Democratic Party's nominee to challenge GOP U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner next year, but that's not a guarantee.
Former Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff are holding events in town and at other stops on the Western Slope today and Monday.
Romanoff publicly announced that he is participating in a Senate candidate forum at Centennial Middle School in Montrose from 2-4 p.m. today. Late Saturday, a Hickenlooper spokesman confirmed the former governor also is to attend.
Romanoff will be at Copeka Coffee, 1012 N. Fifth St., in Grand Junction from 9-10 a.m. on Monday. He said both events are open to the public.
But no details were provided as to where in Grand Junction Hickenlooper will be Monday, other than a campaign official saying he's meeting with business people.
His campaign also issued a notice that's he'll be somewhere in Eagle County for a 5 p.m. meet-and-greet with voters, but similarly doesn't say where. That notice says credentialed media are invited, but only those who pre-register.
Hickenlooper's Facebook page says he has no upcoming events, and his official website offers little information.
Since entering the race for U.S. Senate in August, Hickenlooper has seen several contenders drop out, including former U.S. Attorney John Walsh and former House Majority Leader Alice Madden, who did so a week ago. Six other challengers remain in a field that had as many as 16.
After Hickenlooper got into the race, and was immediately endorsed by the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, Romanoff vowed he won't be one of them. He has repeatedly said the committee is trying to clear the way for Hickenlooper.
In a video released Friday, first reported by Denver's Fox31, Romanoff accused U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat who heads the committee, of "tipping the scale" in favor of Hickenlooper.
"The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee ... doesn't want a primary," Romanoff said in the video. "They don't want this contest to unfold. They prefer a coronation. Chuck Schumer told me as much when we met earlier this year. He said we don't want Democrats to fight. We're going to pick the winner."
Regarding the Montrose forum, Romanoff and his campaign said the Colorado Democratic Party, which is hosting it, isn't allowing any debate.
"Going to Montrose this Sunday for another Alice in Wonderland forum that most of the media won't cover, the party won't stream and the candidates can't record or debate," Romanoff tweeted Friday. "These rules seem curiouser & curiouser. Tell @coloradodems to #EndTheBlackout of the #cosen race."