Andrew Romanoff
Andrew Romanoff (Hyoung Chang/ The Denver Post)

It's been a little more than two months since he retained his seat in the 6th Congressional District and Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman is already beginning to hear mumbles about potential challengers in the 2014 mid-term election.

Former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff told Politico Tuesday that he wants to get back into public office and may look to challenge the three-term incumbent for his seat.

But in an e-mail to The Denver Post, Romanoff, a Democrat, says he didn't seek out any announcement about a possible Congressional bid.

Romanoff said Politico asked at the end of longer unrelated interview (on gun violence) if he'd run for this seat and he said he'd consider it.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., speaks after winning re-election to his seat in the U.S. House on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., speaks after winning re-election to his seat in the U.S. House on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (AP | David Zalubowski)

In a newly realigned and Democrat-friendly 6th Congressional District, Coffman defeated former state legislator Joe Miklosi by four percentage points in November.

"This is the only competitive seat in the state at the moment," said political analyst Floyd Ciruli. "Every other Congressional seat was won by either a Democrat or a Republican by more than 12 percentage points."

After the district was redrawn in 2011 to make it almost evenly divided into thirds between Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters, Romanoff tinkered with the idea of challenging Miklosi in a primary, but in the end decided to sit out 2012.


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"I haven't made much secret of the fact that I'd like to return to public service and that's one path I've looked at," Romanoff told Politico in regard to the Aurora-based 6th District. "I haven't made any decision."

Coffman did not respond to an e-mail request for comment Tuesday.

Other potential Democratic challengers being watched by political observers are state Senate President John Morse, state Sen. Morgan Carroll and state Rep. Rhonda Fields.

On Tuesday, Morse said he's focused on running the state Senate.

"I haven't even come close to thinking about a Congressional seat," he said.

In a bitter 2010 Democratic Senate primary, Romanoff was defeated by Sen. Michael Bennet by 8 percentage points. It was a race in which Romanoff sold his home to finance his campaign.

But with it only being January 2013, it could be a while before it is known if a Romanoff, Coffman race will even occur.

Speculation has swirled that Coffman might look to run for Senate in 2014 against Sen. Mark Udall who is up for re-election that year.

Kurtis Lee: 303-954-1655, klee@denverpost.com or twitter.com/kurtisalee